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Fashion designer Arnold Galang dies at age 59



Famed Filipino fashion designer Arnold Galang died at 12 a.m. on April 30. News about his passing was announced by his daughter Monique Galang on Facebook.

Born on August 30, 1960, Galang was a member of the FDAP in the ’80s. During his life in fashion, he constantly thought of new designs that would cater to a broader audience, making him a go-to designer for many women.

“Arnold has been undergoing dialysis of his blood for the past two years, and then he got an amputation. The last time we were together was at Philippine Fashion Week 2018 at Crowne Plaza. He told me and Lyle Ibanez that he was undergoing dialysis, but still he joined the show,” said fashion designer Tonichi Nocom. “So sad. I always looked forward to his collection every fashion week, avant garde, and ready-to-wear. [His collections were] well-edited and consistent in looks and styling.”

Apart from his life as a designer, Galang also served as an ambassador for peace through the I Am For Peace campaign. He also took to the runway with his “I Am For Peace” series.

In 2018, he designed a spring-summer collection dedicated to the people of Marawi, which depicted light and hope for the people after months of war.

Kapayapaan (peace) is a way of life,” he said in an interview with I Am For Peace. “Ang kapayapaan po ay isang malaking bagay, pero kung sisimulan natin ito sa sarili, mas malaki at malawak ang mararating nito (Peace is a big thing, but when we start it within ourselves, it can reach far and greater things.)

A wake in honor of the designer is planned at a later date in view of the enhanced community quarantine.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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