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Avel Bacudio: The Go-to Designer for Barongs with a Twist

Post the 2019 ABS-CBN Ball, people are raving about Avel Bacudio’s elegant barong creations worn by the hottest local celebrities. Avel, who often plays with more minimalist styles, levels up the usual barong with beadwork and more meaningful details. Kasi diba pag sinabing barong, barong na simple lang? “So, this time barong siya na classic with a heart sa country natin,” the designer shares in an interview

Avel Bacudio infuses elements such as solihiya chairs, the sampaguita, and even the national army are infused in the designs. We countdown his most beautiful barongs that walked on the ABS-CBN Ball this 2019!

Donnie Pangilinan

Black is a signature Avel Bacudio color and this barong on Donny Pangilinan shows how flexible the designer is. The black silk cocoon was inspired by the native Negritos from the Visayas. On the other hand, the black beadwork symbolizes the old structural designs of the Balay Negrense in Silay City Negros Occidental.


Jerome Ponce

Made with silk cocoon, Jerome Ponce’s barong was inspired by the Philippine Army. This is inline with his upcoming show with Carlo Aquino that deals with soldiers. 


Carlo Aquino

The 90s star radiates in this olive green barong that was inspired by the camouflage suits of the National Army. 


Kyle Velino

We’re getting a lot of athleisure vibes with this barong on actor Kyle Velino. Also made of Silk Cocoon, this barong was inspired by the Sampaguita flower. Avel, who was once worked along the booming streets of Manila “thought of pieces of the sampaguita being sold by children in front of the Historical Quiapo Church” as the inspiration of the collection. 


Jameson Blake

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Apo Wang-Od is a national treasure. She is given homage in this Avel Bacudio barong worn by actor Jameson Blake. 


Pepe Herrera

The Ang Probinsyano actor calls his Avel Barong a “masterpiece.” The designer was inspired by the world-class weaving patterns (such as Yakan) from Mindanao.

Right after the ball, Avel spills that he has received an overflow of barong requests from all over; making him the most in demand for grooms and gents who want to don a barong with heritage and style woven into each stitch. His next inspiration? Who knows, with more than 7,000 islands to choose from, one can expect something fresh and new from the designer anytime soon!

Want a signature barong made? Contact Avel Bacudio: +63 917 556 6767

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