MODA MINDANAO 2015: Highlighting the Colors and Patterns of Mindanao Culture

What started as a spin-off from Urog Etnika, a Mindanao Fashion Showcase, is now Kadayawan sa Dabaw’s major annual fashion event. This is the MODA MINDANOW, an event I swear never to miss every year.

MODA MINDANOW 2015  (6)Moda MindaNOW is an annual Fashion Designing Competition staged as part of Kadayawan Festival that provides a platform for local fashion designers and accessory artists from different regions in Mindanao to showcase their skills and creativity as they create fashionable garments highlighting the fabric, colors and patterns of Mindanao culture.

MODA MINDANOW 2015  (2)It is a glamorous event that pays tribute to Mindanao’s rich and colorful culture and heritage. Through the years, Moda MindaNOW has become a perfect affair to showcase the best of Mindanao-inspired fashion creations. In fact, it has evolved and gone far from promoting the region’s indigenous materials to showcasing Mindanao’s different hand woven textiles and fabrics.

MODA MINDANOW 2015  (1)Now on its 10th year, Moda MindaNOW continues to showcase the ingenuity, creativity and artistry of Mindanao-based fashion designers utilizing locally woven fabrics, fibers and accessories of the different tribes found in Mindanao.

MODA MINDANAO 2015 7This year’s staging and production of Moda Mindanao is in partnership with SM City Davao along with the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts (FIDA), the only institute in the city that offers focused fashion education. With FIDA on board, competing designers are challenged to raise the bar and create globally competitive designs. Designs that can be worn around the world – mainstream fashion yet still authentic in its design elements.

The Face of Moda MindaNOW 2015
The Face of Moda MindaNOW 2015

There are three categories where different designers are competing:
Pret-a-Porter, Couture and Innovative Design.

PRET-A-PORTER

Ready to wear fashion creation where designs and patterns are inspired by the different tribes of Mindanao.

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GRAND WINNER – PRET-A-PORTER CATEGORY

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COUTURE DESIGN CATEGORY

High fashion formal wear that shows the creativity of the designer through exquisite embellishment techniques and mastery of dressmaking.

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GRAND WINNER – COUTURE DESIGN CATEGORY

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INNOVATIVE FASHION CATEGORY

Ingenious creation that show the resourcefulness of the designer. This category encourages the contestant to experiment and incorporate non-fabric materials to interpret their designs.

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GRAND WINNER – INNOVATIVE FASHION CATEGORY

MODA MINDANAO 2015 23 MODA MINDANAO 2015 24 MODA MINDANAO 2015 25 MODA MINDANAO 2015 26 MODA MINDANAO 2015 27 MODA MINDANAO 2015 28 MODA MINDANAO 2015 31This year’s Moda MindaNOW also features the works and creations of last year’s grand winner Fashion Designer JARED CERVANO whose collections are inspired by the B’laan Tribe.

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JARED CERVANO whose collections are inspired by the B’laan Tribe is year's Moda MindaNOW's featured Fashion Designer.
JARED CERVANO whose collections are inspired by the B’laan Tribe is year’s Moda MindaNOW’s featured Fashion Designer.

And on this 10th edition of Moda MindaNOW, all the three categories – Pret-a-Porter, Couture and Innovative Design, are all won by the three young designers from Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

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All the three categories – Pret-a-Porter, Couture and Innovative Design, are all won by the three young designers from Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TALENTED MINDANAO FASHION DESIGNERS

Personally, being there watching the grand stage of Moda MindaNOW for another year is another great opportunity for me to see and be mesmerized by such extraordinary creations that depict the rich culture of my own identity as a Mindanaoan.

Moda MindaNOW, a fashion showcase of what is truly “made in Mindanao”.

THE COLORFUL PAGEANTRY OF MODA MINDANAO 2013

Aside from the famed Indak-indak Sa Kadalanan and Pamulak Float Parade, another colourful event I always look forward to see every year is the Moda Mindanaw, a fashion event of vivid colour and pageantry held annually as part of the celebration of Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (46)Moda Mindanaw is an annual Fashion Designing Competition that aims to feature the fashion designs and creations of the up-and-coming fashion designers and accessory artists from different sides of Mindanao highlighting the vibrant culture of island through their intricate designs and creations.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (73)Moda Mindanaw is a festivity that pays tribute to Mindanao’s rich and colourful cultural heritage. Through the years, it has become a perfect affair to showcase the best of Mindanao-inspired fashion creations. In fact, it has gone far and has evolved from promoting the island’s indigenous materials to showcasing Mindanao’s different hand woven textiles and various fibres.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (43)What’s more, this multi-coloured fashion event has become a center stage for young and vibrant designers to showcase their craft. For years now, Moda Mindanaw features what is hip and fashionably in while preserving that Mindanaoan identity in each creation. Individual fashion creations and designs are showcased every year in a new and different concept yet these creations exude Mindanao originality and uniqueness.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (66)This year’s Moda Mindanaw highlights the culture of the 10 tribes of Davao City – the tribes of Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama. These ethnic groups that comprise the 10 different tribes of city are among the reasons why Kadayawan Festival is celebrated every year. The celebration is a way of paying tribute to their contribution to the rich cultural heritage of the city. And this year’s Moda Mindanaw showcases the different colours and patterns of these tribes.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (20)As part of this year’s Moda Mindanaw, 36 of Mindanao’s up-and-coming fashion artists were required to pay tribute to the 10 Tribes of Davao. With their interaction with these tribes, they are expected to come up with street and evening wear for men and women and accessories which reflect the culture of the ethnic group assigned to them. And as expected, these talented fashion artists showcased the best of creation incredibly inspired from the rich culture of Mindanao.

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MEN & WOMEN STREET WEAR COMPETITION

FIRST PRIZE. MEN'S STREET WEAR.
FIRST PRIZE. MEN’S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. MEN'S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. MEN’S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. MEN'S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. MEN’S STREET WEAR.
FIRST PRIZE. WOMEN'S STREET WEAR.
FIRST PRIZE. WOMEN’S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. WOMEN'S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. WOMEN’S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. WOMEN'S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. WOMEN’S STREET WEAR.

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EVENING WEAR COMPETITION

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EVENING WEAR ENTRY 1 - FIRST PRIZE WINNER
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 1 – THIRD PRIZE WINNER.
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 5 - SECOND PRIZE
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 5 – SECOND PRIZE WINNER.
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 9 - GRAND PRIZE WINNER.
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 9 – GRAND PRIZE WINNER.
With a very special participation of Miss Bayang Barrios, a very proud Mindanao
With a very special participation of Miss Bayang Barrios, a very proud Mindanao

Personally, watching the grand stage of Moda Mindanaw for another year is another opportunity for me to see and be mesmerized by such fabulous creations that depict the rich culture of my own identity as Mandaya, Dabawenyo and Mindanaoan. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TALENTED MINDANAO FASHION DESIGNERS
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TALENTED MINDANAO FASHION DESIGNERS

Moda Mindanaw, a fashion showcase of what is truly “made in Mindanao”.