BLOG: First lady HoneyLet wears Barong by a Lumban designer

A  local designer from  my home province  Laguna –  ANDREW BADIOLA  has always aspired  that the  meticulous designs and products  of  hand embroiderers from his small  hometown  of LUMBAN    be brought to  global  fashion  limelight.
He  has   joined   national and international  fashion  exhibits and   has gained recognition and admiration for  his work quality  and craftsmanship.
For  years,  his filipiniana dresses, terno,   barong tagalog. wedding  and other  gowns  have been seen  in  formal events and glittery social functions in Manila and other parts of the Philippines and  abroad.
But  nothing is bigger than dressing  the country’s  First Lady!
Just recently,  Andrew’s   creation  has been enjoying  media  blitz  when it was   worn by   no less than the   Philippine President’s common law partner  Cielito “Honeylet”  Avancena in one of the functions during the ASEAN 2017 Summit.


While names of popular and big  Filipino designers were making rounds of media mentions during  the ongoing event,    not many know that it was Andrew who  designed and made the  peachy-pink  blazer hand-embroidered  custom  barong dress that First Lady Honeylet   wore   when she hosted a social evening  with the ASEAN leaders’  spouses.




Not only this.  Another big break  for Andrew is  when the First Lady of Singapore— Ho Ching,    wife of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  told  him that  she is  interested   to wear his designs.

“How  big it will be to see our creations being worn by the first couple of  Singapore! “, Andrew said excitedly  in his social media post.

What a milestone!  This  very down-to-earth  former school mate  shares the pride  with all the local  hardworking  embroiderers of  Lumban.
Andrew  and his team of embroiderers in his shop–  Barong de  Callado have   dressed  many people from all walks of life– from the birthday princess to  beaming debutante to the stunning bride– to political figures and  TV personalities in the Philippines.

Andrew  grew up seeing his mother’s  artistry.  His mother  Irene Badiola is the brain behind  Barong de Calado– one of the many embroidery shops  located in  the heart of   Lumban.
Lumban is a third class municipality in the province of Laugna,  104 kilometers south of Manila  and  is known  to be home of finest jusi and pinya hand embroidery industry  in the country.
Beads, lace,   threads and other decorations  meticulously  handcrafted  together to come up with a beautiful  creation.  Various  designs  and styles.  Vintage and contemporary.  Simple to the grandest.
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Barong de Calado @ the Biggest Wedding Fair in Asia of Themes & Motifs in 2014,


Barong de Calados’ bridal gown and groom’s tuxedo made it in the cover of Inspirations Magazine (Photo credit: Barong de Calado)


Phil movie and TV actress Maja Salvador in a custom nude handpainted offshoulders modern beaded jusi filipiniana dress by Barong de Calado

Andrew has a shop  in Ermita,   Manila but  his  main  show room and embroidery shop in Lumban,

To connect  and  have a glimpse of Andrew and mom Irene’s  creations, please check:


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