- Kapamilya star Francis Magundayao wears a palay-embellished barong to this year’s ABS-CBN Ball
- The 20-year-old actor said that he was inspired to share his advocacy in the platform
- T colors of the Philippine flag that accented his right cuff symbolize “the hard work and sacrifice of our farmers.”
Amidst the glitz and the glam of this year’s ABS-CBN Ball, Kapamilya actor Francis Magundayao wears his barong proudly, as he stands with and for the farmers at the ball.
The ABS-CBN’s annual charity ball was held Saturday night, Sept. 14, at Shangri-La’s grand ballroom at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City. Kapamilya stars dazzled and turned heads with their Filipiniana-inspired looks, Magundayao being one of them.
But his outfit tells a more compelling story. The 20-year-old actor said that he wanted to put the spotlight on the tragedy Filipino rice farmers are currently facing. At press time, his post has garnered over 20,000 shares and more than 50,000 reactions.
In a post he shared on his social media pages, he shared that the plight of the farmers was the first thing that he thought of when he heard of this year’s theme.
“For most of my life, I have been part of a large artist collective, and with it, I have realized that part of being an artist is to tell the truth. This is the truth. In light of Ms. Gina Lopez’s legacy I was also inspired to share my own advocacy,” he captioned. “Our farmers have long been oppressed by big capitalist powers, and it’s our duty as Filipinos to raise such awareness.”
Magundayao’s barong made a huge statement with its real Palay embellishments that truly gave homage to the farmers. The star also thanked his Fashion designer, Paolo Baltazar, for making his vision come alive.
“Mr @paolobaltazar26 helped me pay tribute to the hard work of our local farmers by designing a minimalist piece inspired by the details found in grains of rice. He embellished it with real palay for a truly eye-popping, 3D effect,” he continued.
To finish off the pristine barong, he said the colors of the Philippine flag that accented his right cuff symbolize “the hard work and sacrifice of our farmers.”
Majority of the country’s rice farmers continue to suffer from the effects of the low 35-percent tariff under the rice tariffication law, including a consistent decline in palay prices to as low as P7 to P10.