Fashion Designers’ League of the Philippines

The Fashion Designers’ League of the Philippines (FDLP) is a realization of a dream. A dream of showcasing the world the ingenuity, talent, and craftsmanship of new breed of Filipino fashion designers.

FDLP is a non-government and non-profit organization who aims to help amateur and blossoming designers penetrate and create a mark in the fashion industry. FDLP begun from the collaboration of different fashion designers to cater the Miss Earth 2019 (Air Group) Philippine Terno Competition hosted by the Pasig City Government on October 15, 2019. Twenty-seven (27) young and competitive designers compete for the said event.

As a result of its resounding success, it paved the way for the core organizers to pursue its commitment to create and plan activities for the organization and its members in the future. We take pride, celebrate and salute the achievements and creativity of our fashion designers thru FDLP.

Arjay Loyola Librea

 Adviser, Fashion Designers’ League of the Philippines


Michael Bongga


DESCRIPTION OF MISS EARTH TERNO/GOWN CREATION: The inspiration of my design for is Fritillaria

Persica, commonly called Persian lily. I used the color plum of this flower for the base of my gown in serpentine cut and terno sleeves. The gown is topped with BITUIN AT ARAW – a golden body armour, which symbolizes power and strength that makes a modern Filipina woman, crafted through the collaboration with OrnateManila by Adam Rico De Guzman.

Mark Lixcel “Lita” Q. Lantican, RND, PhDc

The Laguna-based designer is a dietitian and a college instructor by profession. Lita is on his way pursuing his passion in the industry of fashion and aims to promote the embroidery and paint on fabric designs where Laguna is known for.


Dumlao’s famous artworks namely “The Portrait of Crystal Milan” with details from “Sarimanok Stained Glass” by June Alcac.

Christopher Glaraga Egne known as Chris Egne

Fashion is my Passion, I define fashion as comfort over design.

Chris, or Jimbo to his closest ones, was born and raised in Talisay City Negros Occidental. He is now settled in Pampanga, fulfilling his dream. Throughout the years, Chris found his passion for fashion, and realized it was something he is really interested to be in. Founder of Cegne Designs, made his passion debut in 2006 as a freelance fashion designer, acceptimg made to order and customized designs that perfectly fit the clients’ personality.

MISS EARTH COUNTRY: Bosnia & Herzegovina

For my Terno or Modern Filipiniana gown for Miss Earth 2019, one of the articles I read in the internet that caught me the most was entitled “Saving the Agila”. My design in this modern Filipiniana gown conceptualized the stylized pattern of the feather of the Philippine eagle. Silhouette is more of a flowing look and the long cape symbolizes the larger wings of the Philippine eagle that matches with the accent detailing of crystals, beads and sequence. My modern Filipiniana gown masterpiece is entitled “ The last prey – Agila”

Ralph Laurenciana Dela Cruz


I will call my dress as a Modern Filipiniana, a Navy Blue Filipiniana butterfly sleeves. I want it to be graceful and stylish in appearance or style.

Arniel ‘Bong’ Ronquillo

Born in Hinatuan Surigao del Sur. He studied at Premiere Center for Fashion and Design Inc.


“This pair red Filipiniana gown is inspired from Mayon volcano’s perfect cone figure.”




“A modern Filipinana with one sided slit, long back detailed and inspired by Guams National Flower Bougainvillea better known on the Island as the “Poti Tai Nobio.”

Markie Cadag (Mark Rhey L. Cadag)

A fashion designer from Parañaque City who studied 1-year Fashion Sesign course at Style Studio Fashion and Design School Philippines. He designed dresses for Bb. Pilipinas 2019 candidates, local pageants like Miss World Philippines, Miss Teen Tourism Philippines, and our Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados and international pageants-Miss Tourism World, Miss Global Silk Road 2019, and Miss Earth 2019.


“The terno’s main color scheme is gray, inspired from Butanding’s color. The silver accent on the dress represents the glistening seawater together with the flowy chiffon that symbolizes the waves. The sleeve is designed like the fins of the butanding, from its color and dotted appearance.”

Darell James Dumlao (Dee Dumlao)

He is designer from Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte who studied Fashion Design at SLIM’S Fashion and Arts School in Makati City.


“Miss Earth Belgium’s Filipiñana was inspired from the Traje de mestiza, which was later called Maria Clara by Jose Rizal in the book Noli Me Tangere. Typically consist of camisa, saya de suelta, and pañuelo with a classic European infusion.”

Ruben “Bench” Jarina

He studied Arts and Fashion at Slims Fashion and Art School Cebu City but currently living in Manila. He started designing long gowns for siblings in their pageants until given the opportunity to design dresses for clients and later on making a filipiniana for an international candidate, Ms. Earth-Mexico.


“A custom-made yellow green modern terno/filipiniana gown inspired by the Philippine peacock with gold embroidered thread work and detailed bead works with a touch of swarovski crystals.”

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Michael Paloma

He is celebrity designer born in Pasig City. He got featured in Miss Intercontinental 2018 Featured Designer and Miss Earth 2019 Philippine Terno Segment.


“I’m a huge fan of Dior and Gucci, so I decided to have my own version of their gown. A conservative cut of neckline, less skin exposure and flitted skirt Filipiniana really fits for a conservative type Filipina.”

Megan Pillos

She studied Fashion Designing at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. Born in Maconacon, Isabela and grew up both in Ilocos Norte and Tuguegarao City, learning the rich culture of the northern Filipino people, Ilocanos.


“There’s more than designing in the whole process of putting up this creation. It took me to the Filipino roots, from the pre-colonial era to Urban legend like The City of Gold “Biringan City”- an offspring of my creative and imaginative mind. While forcing my brain cells to design, it took me hours and days to research about Ophir, butterflies endemic in the Philippines, The Boxer Codex, and a variety of symbolism that would best exude the modern Filipiniana.”

FDLP Members’ Descriptions:

Mikael Castillo

Born and raised in the Province of Batangas, Castillo hails from Lumbang na Matanda of Calaca town. After taking a degree in Education, Castillo ventured for a designing stint in Malaysia ,working there for four years under “BOKITTA,” a brand by Quantum Orient Holdings. Pursuing his passion for the craft, he enrolled himself in fashion designs under the wings of the renowned Fashion Institute of the Philippines Ortigas.  He is a couturier who prefer to incorporate innovative techniques in his designs.

“A terno inspired by PACMAN, the classic arcade video game and is made from pina husi cloth and is embellished with threadbare chiffon, cutbeads, and cording techniques for an added classic and elegant effect.”

Ruzzel Lance I. Co

Born in Manila, a neophyte with high hopes of making it in the fashion industry. With a background in Architecture, this newbie aspires to create garments that will translate his aesthetics through structures, lines and complex designs. He is the co-founder of Ornate Manila (jewelries and artcessories).

“The terno is a nod to the Banaue Rice Terraces, an homage to all Filipino farmers. The drapings in the bodice represent the carefully cultivated terraces, while the peplum represent the water flowing in the paddies. The color is a representation of the burnt skin that our farmers get while working, a sign of diligence and perseverance.”

Raymart Ortillano

Born in Banga South Cotabato, 22 years old. Passed the TESDA dressmaking National Certificate 2 and worked as an apprentice for almost 4 years. Looking forward to creating fresh high fashion outfits that have never seen before.

“The terno is made of t’nalak fabric (a sacred cloth woven fabric by the T’boli communities in my hometown in Lake Sebu South Cotabato). Red maroon color defines the strength, power, passion and confidence of the T’boli people.”

Joey E. Villamor

A 35 year-old designer from Dasmariñas City, Cavite. He is the Design Director and Couturier of SULSI, he customized costumes and gowns for wedding and debut.

“This dress was worn during 121st Independence day celebration. A drape from Champagne Peu De Soie fabric that fits the simplicity and classy Filipina. Embellished with Swarovski Crystals and detailed rose embroidery for details.”

Official Photographers: Ariel B. Ladrido, Januz Morrisey R. Lugay, Goethe ‘Dyordz’ Pierre
Models: Sophia Edwards, Marie Karla Tejada
HMUA: Ralph Laurenciana Dela Cruz
Venue: Pasig City Museum
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