by Jim Bea Sampaga
The Terno Ball might be over but it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s Terno Ball outfit. But to be fair, a ball isn’t the only occasion you can wear a terno and Barong Tagalog.
Filipino formal outfits can also be worn at any other formal events such as weddings, company and family parties and even at a baptism.
So, if you’re planning to add a Filipino formal outfit to your closet, here are four stores you can shop proudly Filipino-made fashion clothing and accessories.
Cari’s House of Fashion
Located in Waipahu, Cari’s House of Fashion is owned by husband and wife, Ed and Cari Olegario. They offer affordable prom dresses, Filipiniana dresses, terno gowns, Barong Tagalog and tuxedos for sale or rent. This fashion house prides itself on colorful and unique pieces for every occasion. For those looking for a personalized fit, they also offer custom pieces and clothing alterations. Walk-ins are welcome but making an appointment in advance are encouraged.
Location: 94-1131 Nanilihilihi Street, Waipahu
For those located in town, A&N Fashion is your go-to Filipino clothing store. The store recognizes itself as a clothing store that appreciates Filipino heritage as they offer Filipino traditional pieces such as Alampays, boleros, Barong Tagalog and of course, Terno gowns. They also carry contemporary designs on Filipino formal wear.
Location: STE 100, 2119 North King Street, Honolulu
Phone: (808) 983-9818
AMAMI Filigree Jewelry
This Philippine-based jewelry online store started with the dream of helping a local craftsman stay in the Philippines to continue working on his craft. Years later, AMAMI has now created livelihood opportunities for Filipino craftsmen to create beautiful pieces of filigree jewelry. Creating Filipino filigree jewelry is a part of our Filipino heritage that our pre-Hispanic ancestors have perfected. They melt and hammer down blocks of gold or silver into delicate threads to create intricate lace-like jewelry patterns. AMAMI offers necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings that showcase this unique Filipino craftsmanship.
Marharlika: Modern Philippine Accessories
From a notebook sketch to a best-selling accessory, the Reyna Headband blew up in popularity in 2019 thanks to social media. Its owner, Mar Velicaria, officially launched Marharlika in 2020 featuring the viral Reyna Headband along with other Filipino-themed accessories. The Reyna Headband is inspired by the silhouette of the sun rays found in the Philippines flag.