This season in Philippine fashion is definitely about celebrating the Filipino identity by putting indigenous fabrics and traditional weaves in the forefront through a more modern approach in designs.

The fashion presentation of ‘Thrive My Tribe Collection’ by Benjie Panizales is a proof of that. In an exclusive interview with us, the fashion designer shared the inside story of his recently unveiled runway collection for Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival Season 12.

“Celebrating the artistic bounty of Mindanao, for this season I am offering a contemporary yet unconventional ensembles which I named ‘Thrive My Tribe’“, he said. “It is about paying homage to our ethnic brothers and their undying passion to continue the legacy of preserving the region’s cultural identity.”

“A melange of luxury from different tribes of Mindanao, the collection is focused on the mythical patterns punctuated by playful cuts, unexpected silhouettes and the juxtaposition of mixing rich solids with pops of bright Mindanaoan weaves– specifically Inaul that is being weaved by the displaced women of Marawi,” he said.

Check out this vibrant runway pieces by Benjie Panizales:

Benjie Panizales leads his own brand, Benji Panizales Collections, which he launched in July 2016. His label specializes in designing formal wear for men and women. From a workforce of only 2 people, his company grew to a team of 10 full-time employees.

The designer also shared his humble beginnings as a fashion designer during the interview:

“I started designing professionally right after graduating from college. Though I took up a different course, it was my inclination towards fashion that has propelled me to learn and absorb everything there is to know about the industry. Everything else I learned from experience working as a fashion designer here and abroad,” Benjie said.

You may get in touch with this designer on Instagram @benjiepanizales, on Facebook at or email at His atelier is located at Door 1, Josie Apartment, Palma Gil St., Davao City 8000, Philippines.