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Adorn Your Walls With This Fashion Designer’s Lockdown Paintings

Beautiful women, Filipino costumes and nostalgic scenery bathed in bright colors will add personality to your spaces


Edward San Diego’s Baro’t Saya Tuwa At Ligaya is a ‘tribute of joy to the Filipina and her traditional dress amidst the pandemic.'


His paintings are populated with his depictions of the beautiful Flilpina, rooted in local traditions, and garbed in bright colors, set in happy locations.  San Diego mines his experiences as costume and fashion designer in order to make these women come to life in his works.

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“I turned 60 last March 13, 2020. And then after 2 days, the lockdown was imposed. I thought that it was only going to last for a month or two. So to keep me away from boredom, I cleaned the house, reorganized my cabinets and do things that I neglected when I was busy with my dress shop. However, when I ran out of things to fix, I decided to pick up my brushes and called my canvas supplier. Luckily, she was open all the time to accept my orders. What I did was to order an extra 4 to 6 canvases which eventually gave me no excuse to stop,” the artist shares.


His work is informed by his inspirations, from fashion to art: Christian Dior, Balenciaga, YSL, Inno Sotto and Joe Salazar, Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Diego Rivera, Claude Monet, Fernando Amorsolo, and Carlos Botong Francisco.


For his women of style and substance, Edgar’s inspiration comes from  Frida Kahlo, Tamara de Lempicka, Betsty Westerndorp, among others.

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Before Edgar San Diego became a fashion designer, he used to hand-paint on formal clothes for established designers during his UST Fine Arts days. He was also a display-window artist at the Plaza Fashion Mart where he had a chance to meet fashion directors, models and more designers whom he we will eventually work with after college.


In 1981, he was invited and became the youngest pioneer of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines where he eventually served as president for 4 terms.  His wealth of experiences as a fashion and costume designer includes Repertory Philippines’ The Wizard of Oz, The Man of La Mancha, M Butterfly, Aladdin, The Sound of Music, for Trumpets, The Lion , the Witch and the Wardrobe , and Little Mermaid and New Port theater’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as well as Star Cinema’s Sarah ang Munting Princesa and Ceddie.

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Baro’t Saya Tuwa At Ligaya is on view until October 15 at the Ground Level, Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall.  It is  co-presented by SM Appliance Center, TCL, Amelia's Garden, Artistshop, BERINGER Wines, Doltz Pilar, Flyace Corporation, Gari P. Palmani.  Visit Edgar San Diego Fashion & Arts on Facebook for more information.