Four years ago, some well-meaning citizens of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental came up with the idea of organizing a fashion show featuring local talents. The group, composed of Balingasagnons from different fields of expertise, thought that such an event would be an ideal venue for showcasing the talents and skills of the town’s residents. To make sure that their projects were carried out well, they created the Balingasag Fashion Arts, a group that aims to highlight the town’s roots while also helping make Balingasag a better, more interesting, and exciting place to visit and live in.
On May 20, 2014, the first Mugna Fashion Expo unfolded. The event gathered Balingasag’s local talents and drew in a crowd hungry for something new. Likewise, the fashion expo did not only serve as a platform for local talents to showcase their creations, it also encouraged Balingasagnons to explore, embrace, and pursue their fields of interest.
Tomorrow, May 20, Balingasagnons will once again gather for the annual fashion extravaganza, which has now become a favorite event of many, including visitors from neighboring towns and cities. This year, the town’s freshest and classiest talents will take the centerstage at the People’s Palace for Mugna IV.
With the theme Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Difference, the fashion expo will feature a special segment dedicated to the town’s Unsung Heroes. It is a tribute to Balingasag’s residents who selflessly perform extraordinary deeds every day of their lives.
This year’s models, 15 young ladies and 10 dashing gentlemen, underwent a series of workshops that included styling 101, personality development, and makeup 101. They also had an HIV awareness session, which is one of the advocacies supported by the organizing group.
The overall chairperson for Mugna IV is Maybelle Abogado-Quilnat. The fashion expo is presented in partnership with the Balingasag LGU and the Tourism Council of Balingasag.
Mugna IV will feature the following models:
- Jovelyn Meraveles – Miss Balingasag 2017
- Berjayneth Chee – Miss Kuyamis 2017
- Nadia Stephani Codilla – Miss Philippines Earth Northern Mindanao Air 2017
Mugna Male Models:
- Renato Echeveria Agocoy Jr.
- Bayie Carumba
- Paul James Pikot Ocate
The creative team behind Mugna IV includes Ed Abella, team Ed Abella, Dawn Acebedo, and Stephen Quilacio (photo and concept shoot); Kim Buo and Mik Natindim (gowns); Karl Owen C. Sayson (styling); Hmua Yan Yan Gardones and Dazyle Labuanan Cagampang (HMUA); Neccah Marie Pasadas Veronilla; and Kim Tristan Ramoso.
Mugna IV will be held infront of People’s Palace at 7pm, tomorrow, May 20, 2017. For more information, check out the Mugna Facebook page here. You may also visit the Mugna IV event page by clicking on this link.
(Photos from Mugna’s Facebook page. Used with permission. Photos by Ed Abella.)