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CCP, Bench start fourth edition of TERNOCON

The fourth edition of TERNOCON will again feature the balintawak but the emphasis will focus on and draw inspiration from the works of the 20th-century Philippine Visual Arts which aims to build an organization that advances modern art in the Philippines.

TERNOCON, a terno-making convention and contest, commences with its first workshop-mentoring for the finalists on June 17-22, 2024, at the Training Center of the Baguio Country Club.  The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Bench/Suyen Corporation, pursue its mission of preserving and promoting the Philippine dress with the implementation of the Ternocon.

The fourth edition of TERNOCON will again feature the balintawak but the emphasis will focus on and draw inspiration from the works of the 20th-century Philippine Visual Arts which aims to build an organization that advances modern art in the Philippines.

Selected from 82 applications, the 12 finalists and 2 semi-finalists are:  Windell B. Madis, Geomarie Hernandez, Johnoel Marin, Patrick Lazol, Jericho Gonzales, Irene Subang, Bryan Peralta, Peter Gagula, Ramonito Silva, Lexter Badana, Jared Palmejar, Xioti Chiu, Monina Gatan, and Jema Gamer who come from Ilocos Norte, La Union, Tarlac, Batangas, Capiz, Silay, Iloilo, South Cotabato, Davao, Makati, Taguig, Quezon City, and Manila.

Prior to the selection, all applicants attended two-day Zoom lectures last April 9 & 11, 2024 conducted by fashion, design, and art experts including Mark Lewis Lim Higgins, Victoria “Boots” Herrera, and Gino Gonzales.

To help the finalists achieve the competition goals, some of the country’s experts in design will mentor and guide them, led by Ternocon’s Chief Mentor since 2018, Inno Sotto along with Ezra Santos, Lulu Tan Gan, Rhett Eala, Ternocon’s Founding Artistic Director Gino Gonzales and present artistic director Ricardo Eric Cruz.  The workshop lectures include topics on the history of the terno, Balintawak & kimono; design parameters; knitting and fabric manipulation; new technology, colors & patterns; traditional techniques, understructure & embellishments.

The first lock-in workshop is presented in partnership with the Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc., Baguio Country Club, and St. Louis University Baguio.  The second lock-in workshop is set for October 17-22, 2024.  The final competition and cultural show are slated for January 25, 2025, at the PICC.

The CCP Cultural Exchange Department and CCP Production Design & Technical Services Division are the two units leading the project implementation with the Ternocon organizing team and the Bench ad & promo team.

For more information, visit the CCP website, FB pages of Ternocon, CCP, Bench, and CCP Cultural Exchange Department.

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