I AMindanao Stellar: Mindanao Young Designers Competition 2016 #IAMindanaoStellar #StellarAtAbreeza #dfdc

Mindanao is greatly known as the Fashion Hub of the Philippines in the Southeast Asia. The central authority in promoting and strengthening Filipino fashion sense by using the ingenuity of our cultural diversity. Improving the quality and competitiveness and branding Filipino products in the global market.


I AMindanao young rising fashion stars introduce their STELLAR perception of local fashion in the road to global destination, an inclusive platform for a fashion and design competition that combines design ideation and business incubation. This encourage young generation of Mindanaoan designers to incorporate, create and innovate a visionary and contemporary take on Mindanao's cultural and artisanal heritage through the help of the Davao Fashion and Design Council.

The finalists was given a tasks and challenged their personal interpretation about the island Mindanao and incorporate it with the people and its culture in a 5-piece capsule collection with a global perspective by tweaking Mindanao artisanal heritage using the commercial available materials or traditional/indigenous textiles in order to come up a design that is wearable and marketable garments.

The Ten Stellar finalists who graced their boundless collections:

Davao City 

Davao Del Norte

FRANKIE GALAGNARA - "La Mode Indigene"
Cagayan De Oro City

LALA CHUA - "Kutob-Tubo"
Davao City

MANDY VELASCO - "Parabolic-Sinalapid"
Davao City

Island Garden City of Samal

MARLON SUAN - "Urbane Culture"
Tagum City

MIMI TANDINGAN - "The Vertical Line"
Davao Occidental

Davao City

WILSON LIMON - "Genderless World"
Davao City

Stellar judge the best collection that really followed the tasks and abide with the vision of the DFDC. And to use commercial available materials and as much as possible to take pride using the traditional and indigenous materials that Filipino can take pride and show to the world that we have the best textiles in terms of fashion.

Meet the judges:

Ms. Cathy Binag
Style and Design Academy's CEO

Suki Salvador
Creative Director to One Mega Group and MEGA- The Philippines' best fashion magazine

Cary Santiago
Current and Important Powerhouse Couture Designer

Avel Bacudio
Asia's Most Influential Designer by Mercedez Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week

Dodjie Batu
Davao Fashion and Design Council 
Immediate Past President

 The Winners are:

Ms. Mandy Velasco
Samsung Designer Awardee

Ms. Lala Chua
First Runner-up

Mr. Neil Patrick Jimlani
Second Runner-up

Wilson  Limon, Jr
First Stellar Mindanao Young Designer of the Year
Grand Winner

Congrats everyone!!!!!


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  1. Thumbs up! These designers did a really great job. I like the winner's pattern on the clothes. He incorporated modern and ethnic design.

    1. Thanks Marissa. Yes, the uniqueness of the clothes they use is highly fashionable and indeed we can say, Filipino's had great talent in designing.

  2. Such a lovely fashionable stylish runaway.... This is such an inspiring show for fashion people!~

  3. I like the local touch in this fashion show. It's a great way to promote our own flair and creativity in the market.

  4. Very stylish and chic designs showcased here. The best Philippine National Costumes in international pageants are mostly Mindanao-inspired ones because of the color and designs.

  5. Wow!!! I didn't know that Mindanao is greatly known as the Fashion Hub of the Philippines in the Southeast Asia. Looking at the designs on the photos you posted which look ethnic, cultural and modern at the same time, it is no wonder. The pieces are so fashion-forward and classic at the same time. I love it! And I'm so proud of IAMindanao! Kudos to the team! - Mum Tuscany

    1. It was started with Sen. Loren Legarda and former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, when they are fond of the fashion wear made of indigenous materials. Most dresses they wear in a gathering is made from Mindanao.

  6. My favorites were Mandy & Chard. Good to know Mandy won!!!

  7. I love the look of the fist photo! Totally something I'll wear

  8. I didn't know Mindanao is famous for fashion. Have heard about this place in some not so nice contexts...The fashion looks smart and innovative.

  9. Wow I spotted many great designs and such an awesome runway shows.

  10. Yes indeed Claire, hope to see more young designers using indigenous materials that will also help boost our economic tourism side and as well with the fashion industry.

  11. "Parabolic-Sinalapid" seems very wearable. It has really nice colors that go quite well. The stitch-like touch is pretty.

  12. Wow, I love these runway items. When I was a kid, one of my dreams is to be a designer but landed to be a writer. Ha-ha!

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