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.
BARONG DE CALADO. IRENE’s EMBROIDERY.
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.
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,
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