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Architecture student wins in national fashion design competition

Fifth year Architecture student Mac Kenley Jones "Kenjo" V. Jucom receives his awards for Grand Winner and Best Designer at the National Architecture Week: Indaakan Runway Competition last December 16, 2017.

As cliché as it may seem, the saying “Simplicity is beauty” had been the secret weapon of MCL’s future Rocky Gathercole in his victory in the National Architecture Week: Indakan Runway Competition hosted by United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and its Student Auxiliary (UAPSA) on December 16, 2017.

Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) fifth (5th) year Architecture student Mac Kenley Jones “Kenjo” V. Jucom started designing clothes when he was in third (3rd) year high school. “It is one of my ways to de-stress from academics. Designing, just like Architecture, is really my passion.”

Having competed with participants from big Manila schools such as the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP), National University (NU), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Kenjo not just won the Grand Winner title but also the Best Designer award.

Raibie Gale D. Oña models Kenjo's "bahay na bato"-inspired masterpiece.

Kenjo’s obra maestra was inspired by the “bahay na bato,” an updated version of the “bahay kubo” and modeled by Raibie Gale D. Oña, his model and schoolmate.

“‘Bahay na bato’ is known for its eclectic style. It’s a piece of work that incorporates different elements from the past to create something new and original,” he explained. The ensemble represented Filipiniana, the official national costume of the Philippines, with a modern twist.

It had three (3) parts: the payneta, the camisa, and the saya, all modernized and carrying significant meanings. The modern payneta (made of barbecue sticks, headband, plastic spoon, and faux pearl beads) represented the art deco design. The modern camisa (made of bubble wrap, card boards, and faux pearl beads) symbolized the stylized art nouveau. And, the modern saya (made of bubble wrap, scrap chiffon fabric, and faux beads) signified the years of imperialism to rising from the ashes and having rebirth through transparency, grace, and might.

With all smiles, Raibie and Kenjo pose with their awards after the competition.

Hindi po namin in-expect na mananalo kami, as in. All of the other entries have their surprises and gimmicks, while ours was just glimmering. Nung in-announce na po ‘yung Top 3 naiyak po talaga ako sa tuwa kasi hindi ko po ‘yun inakala, lalo na po nung sinabi na kami ang grand winner and ako po ang best designer,” Kenjo recalled. This is his 3rd time joining fashion designing competitions.

Indakan Runway Competition showcased Architecture students translating architectural wonders into fashion.

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