Risa Hontiveros and Her 'Color-Coded' Causes

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Risa Hontiveros and Her 'Color-Coded' Causes


If, indeed, a thing of beauty is a joy to behold, then senatoriable Risa Hontiveros is making a lot of people smile these days, she being one of the most charming and impeccably dressed candidates around.

Almost always subscribing to a Filipiniana look or an Asian look, Risa favors ensembles that are made of local materials such as pina and abaca. And while others do the same, she sets herself apart by wearing an "alampay" or shouder kerchief of color that depends on her tasks when she wears one.

"Nagtrabaho ako sa kongreso for six years at dun ako nagsimula magsuot ng alampay kasi napakalamig sa building so parang ginagawa kong kumot yon. At kung ano yung bill na dini-discuss ay dun na-ba-base ang kulay ng alampay na suot ko: purple na simbolo ng kababaihan, green kapag temang environment, red kapag tungkol sa manggagawa-" the AKBAYAN representative revealed in a recent interview.

Apparently, Risa's kerchiefs are given to her by friends and family members who all believe in her advocacies such as the crusade against corruption, on peace and human rights, and on health and women's rights. She has already lost track of how many alampays she has but she knows when there's more than enough because her closet refuses to close!

"'Pag ganun ay nagbabawas na ako ng damit. Pinamimigay ko sa charity or dun sa mga may relief efforts," she said.

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