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    #MetroStyleWatch: 11 Most Standout, Non-Traditional Terno Outfits At The 2019 ABS-CBN Ball

    Our favorite out-of-the-box reinterpretations of the traditional terno!

    The biggest news that landed fashion headlines last weekend was the 2019 ABS-CBN Ball. It goes without saying, every fashionista's eyes were glued to their Instagram newsfeeds, on the lookout for nationalistic couture creations that highlighted our culture, history, and local craftsmanship.

    As expected, there was an abundance of women who donned the terno—a costume unique to the Philippines—but with their own contemporary, out-of-the-box twist! We've compiled all the stunning ways our most stylish Kapamilya celebrities reinterpreted the iconic pressed butterfly sleeves. For your dose of modern Filipiniana fashion inspiration, scroll ahead:


    Bea Alonzo in Jun Escario 

    Bea, who landed top one on our list of Best-Dressed Women at the ABS-CBN Ball, made an unforgettable entrance in a one-sleeved, high-slit terno number. Inspired by the Spanish influence in the Philippines, she wore Ecuadorian roses in her hair.


    Maymay Entrata in Furne One Amato 

    There's only one word to describe this opulent outfit: i-c-o-n-i-c! Maymay stole the spotlight in a Manila Cathedral-themed outfit, embellished with—wait for it!—18k real gold. 


    Leila Alcasid in Vania Romoff

    Exuding effortless elegance, Leila is all grown up in this sophisticated piña ensemble. Her delicate butterfly cape sleeves added an ethereal touch, turning her dainty dress all the more dreamy.



    Ylona Garcia in Michael Leyva

    Ylona was indeed a crowd-favorite! Dripping in gold on the red carpet, her vintage-inspired captured everybody's attention. To say that we were mesmerized by her beauty look (her baby hair was delicately gelled in tiny curls!) is an understatement.


    Chie Filomeno in Boom Sason

    Chie was a Filipina Cinderella in this playful, whimsical ball gown! We're in love with the crystal-embellished terno sleeves. 


    Krissha Viaje in Frederick Berches

    Krissha made a style statement in this avante-garde, multi-colored Filipiniana.



    Anne Curtis in Mich Dulce

    Vintage meets modern elegance! Our Metro Most Stylish Woman looked lovely as ever in this lavender, Audrey Hepburn-inspired number.


    Pia Wurtzbach in Ezra Couture

    Only Queen P can rock animal prints and a cropped top on the red carpet—and still look classy! To everyone's delight, the former Miss Universe surprised the Internet when she served not just one, but seven modern Filipiniana looks on Instagram


    Alexa Ilacad in Ryan Ablaza Uson "RAU"

    Equal parts contemporary and sexy, Alexa wore a fusion of the Barong Tagalog and the terno.


    Vice Ganda in Paul Cabral and Neric Beltran

    The It's Showtime Host stunned everyone in her Manila Carnival Queen-inspired look! Oversized butterfly sleeves? Check! A show-stopping train? Check! Elaborate embroidery? Check, check, and check! 


    Arci Munoz in Anthony Ramirez

    Finally, the Open actress looked divine as ever in a simple yet sultry high-slit number.


    Photos by Magic Liwanag