PH fashion icon Pitoy Moreno dies at 87

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Story updated to include details of Moreno's wake.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) — Philippine fashion icon Pitoy Moreno died on Monday at age 87.

Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., the organization that hosts the country's annual beauty pageant, confirmed that Moreno had a cardiac arrest at around 2:48 p.m. The cause of death was not mentioned.

Moreno's staff said his wake will be at the Santuario De San Antonio Parish in Makati from Jan. 17 to 19. He will be buried at the Manila Memorial Park on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.

The news triggered expressions of grief and tributes from people who knew and worked with the top fashion designer, including Stella Marquez-Araneta, who is Binibining Pilipinas co-executive committee member with Moreno.

Moreno, who was called "The Fashion Czar of Asia," was known for popularizing Filipino textile and formal Filipiniana attire.

He was particularly renowned for his "Maria Clara" gowns, comprising the "baro" (blouse), "saya" (skirt), "panuelo" (scarf) and "tapis" (overskirt).

The gown is named after the female protagonist in "Noli Me Tangere," one of the epics of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal.

Moreno studied fine arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

His designs have been worn by the country's elite and first ladies, as well as members of royalty in other countries like Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Queen Margarita Saxe-Coburg-Gotha of Bulgaria, Queen Sophia of Greece, Princess Margaret of Britain and Princess Suga of Japan.

In July 2009, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo named Moreno a National Artist for Fashion Design.

However, the Supreme Court stopped the conferment the following month over claims that Arroyo abused her discretion in disregarding the national artist selection process.

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