The bill is obviously targeted at Bb. Pilipinas which – for many years now – has been using gowns made by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza for Miss Universe purposes. And if we track back to 1999, you will also remember that Miriam Quiambao reportedly wore a Bob Mackie creation during the finals in Trinidad & Tobago where she finished 1st Runner-Up to Mpule Kwelagobe.
Below is the initial reaction of Aces & Queens’ Jonas Gaffud on the matter.
I’m not sure how divided the pageant fans will be on the matter. It’s not like a tax evasion issue that the Government has full control over. We are talking of just one private organization that needs to make serious adjustments in their wardrobe practices for international pageants.
And I’m really wondering which group lobbied for the bill to be submitted to Congress. This concern can be amicably settled once and for all. Don’t get me wrong. I am 100% supportive of the Filipino design shining in the international pageant stage from start to finish. A law is just gilding the lily the wrong way, overkill at worst.
Your thoughts, dear readers?