Filipino fashion designer brings iconic Terno to the modern scene

  • Filipino conceptual fashion designer is making modern Terno tops that can be paired with pants or skirts
  • He aims to bring the iconic fashion style to the modern scene in the hopes that others will love it, too
  • He recently launched MARCOpilipino that designs easy to wear Terno tops

Wearing Terno has been culturally practiced only on special occasions such as school programs, themed corporate events, or in pageants.

Image by MARCOpilipino via Instagram

But a Filipino fashion designer is trying to put an end to this norm by bringing the iconic Filipino style to the modern fashion scene. Imagine wearing a Terno to work or completing an OOTD for a trip!

According to a report, Marc Carcillar, a conceptual fashion designer, has recently launched MARCOpilipino. It is a brand that features easy to wear Philippine Terno tops, which can be easily paired with pants and skirts.

“We want to bring awareness to the young, at least to make them aware that Terno is not just for SONA, Buwan ng Wika, and special events and occasions. It is a national symbol, our identity, something we can be proud of,” Carcillar said on the brand’s Instagram account.

It was reported that Carcillar started his mission to bring the iconic Philippine Terno to the modern fashion scene because of his pride over the national dress and his desire for others to love it as well.

However, Carcillar said there was “a bit of hesitation at first” due to “unintentional negative comments and criticisms.” But he took it as a challenge and turned it into a motivation.

“I know my core. I am a Filipino. I am resilient and creative,” he said in an interview.

Image by MARCOpilipino via Instagram

He believes that Terno is no longer just a costume as it evolves over time. “Terno is a representation of how Filipinos evolve through time. If you check Fashionable Filipinas, a book written by Sir Mark Higgins and Sir Gino Gonzales, you will see how the national dress changed, from the Spanish era up to the modern age,” Carcillar expressed.

His collection is also very Filipino-inspired as he named the designs as Kapayapaan (Peace), Paglalakbay (Journey), and Pag-asa (Hope), among others.