The Best Dressed List: 51st Hijos de Davao

THE golden age of Hijos de Davao brought back the glamour in the gala. Guests were appropriately dressed for the formal affair, and I mean everyone else in the ballroom beyond the four corners of the dance floor where the ladies in Terno and gentlemen in Barong Tagalog danced the traditional Rigodon de Honor.

Best looking couple Butchoy Taojo in Oj Hofer & Bingbing in Jun Escario

Best looking terno on Jackie Garcia in John Belandres

The stars aligned that night for Bajing Leung. The hair, make-up & the Erwin Tan gown made her look striking, in an elegant manner.

It was pleasant to see the elegance carried through in this year's gathering. The Ternos were geared towards simplicity sans Sto. Niño adaptation (thank God!), but a few can work on a better fitting.

You mave not seen this ex-mayor this glammed up with perfection. Sara Duterte-Carpio in Silverio Anglacer

Her choice of subtle elegance always land her on my list. Milen Garcia-Albano in Rajo Laurel

Traditional elegance. Marissa Tionko in FIlipiniana

Striking in John Belandres, Rossana, Dizon-Loseo

The lookers in their evening dresses were Kay Gempesaw, Malouchi Gahol, Rose Alcantara, Marie Tionko, Marga Montemayor, Marissa Tionko, Rochelle del Rosario and Claudine Sasin, and even the short-length dresses looked elegant enough for the ball on Pat Montemayor and Mary Campos, so was Inday del Rosario's twist on the tuxedo.

Cinematic glamour & red carpet material. Kaye Gemepsaw in Edgar Buyan

The short story of Pat Montemayor.  Uncompromising elegance.

Rule bender. Chic in tuxedo suit Inday del Rosario

Statuesque Cladine Sasin-Diago is red carpet ready in Ralph Lauren

Just like in the past when men were mindful of how a well-designed Barong fits, a few hijos clearly showed they are shifting back to this practice -- the father and son tandem of Butchoy and Iñigo Taojo, the seasoned gent Karlo Nograles, and as expected, Michael Dakudao. The coat and tie is getting to be a popular alternative for men as well.

Well-dressed pair, perennial gentleman Karlo NOgrales with wife Marga in Bobby Castillo

Tobi Ang in Patis Tesory & wife, Michelle, in BCBG.

Iñigo Taojo, wears his Barong Tagalog well.

Even the younger set came aptly garbed for their age. This may just lead to the resurgence of a strictly formal affair for the Hijos de Davao in the future with these lads and lasses dressing up with propriety, and style, on this era. Cousins Chloe and Abi Gempesaw, Anne Marie Gahol, Marga Antonio and Iago del Rosario may just set this trend.

In rose blush & age-appropriate, Chloe Gempesaw

Daphne Ong is pretty in pink in her Bobby Castillo

Over all it was an elegant affair. Here are the looks of those who stood out from the ballroom-filled of good-looking Dabawenyos.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 25, 2015.