Mommy Dionsia draws flak for flag-inspired gown
MANILA, Philippines – Dionisia Pacquiao threw another lavish party in General Santos City on Tuesday night as she celebrated her 63rd birthday.
Family, friends and guests at the party had nothing but good words for Mommy D, as she is fondly called, who showed off her singing and dancing skills at the Pacman stadium.
Anchors of ABS-CBN late-night newscast “Bandila” also praised the mother of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, who wore a shimmering Filipino-flag inspired gown to her party.
Julius Babao and Boy Abunda, in particular, commended the boxing champ's famous mother for her unique style.
“Bago nauso ang mga ganoong outfit kay Lady Gaga, sinusuot na pala ni Mommy D ‘yun,” Babao said during the program.
“Mommy D is an original,” Abunda quipped.
Several netizens, however, were not as nice as they turned to Twitter and Facebook to bash the 63-year-old and her taste in fashion.
One of them said the gown, which was in red, white and gold, made her look like “one scary Rainbow Brite character.”
Another noted that the outfit looked like “it was made by a kinder pupil.”
A handful, meanwhile, said “she could have gotten a decent fashion designer with all her money.”
Even writer and television host Lourd de Veyra had something to say about Mommy D’s outfit.
“Magja-jogging dapat ako. Kaso nakita ko sa TV 'yung gown ni Mommy Dionisia at bigla akong nagka-migraine,” de Veyra said on Twitter.
“Medyo nasunog ata 'yung retina ko after looking at Mommy D’s gown,” he added.
Negative comments about Dionisia’s outfits, which are usually shiny and colorful, are not new.
Online magazine Spot.ph even included her 60th birthday dress as one of the “worst celebrity outfits” of 2009.
In the Spot.ph article, fashion stylist Leona Laviña-Panutat described Dionisia’s outfit as “a god-awful dress” and “a bridesmaid’s dress from hell.”
“It makes you look like a woman trying too hard to regain her youth,” Panutat wrote.
Entertainment writer Melissa de Quiros, meanwhile, said the dress “was beautiful – until it was paired with white stockings and pastel-colored dancing shoes.”
Despite her so-called lack of fashion sense, the "Pacmom" is known for being a huge fan of designer brands such as Hermes.
She owns an orange Hermes Birkin handbag, the same bag used by style icons such as Victoria Beckham.
Former President Joseph Estrada even gave Mommy D a Hermes silk scarf for her birthday last year.