And so, six (6) instead of five were announced as the top National Costumes of Bb. Pilipinas 2016. They are Binibini 14 Paula Rich Bartolome who wore a Filipiniana by Joel Acebuche, Binibini 38 Angelica Alita in a traje de mestiza by Bessie Besana, Binibini 3 Angela Lauren Fernando in another Filipiniana created by Frederick Peralta, Binibini 27 Dindi Pajares in a nicely-conceptualized Bagobo/Manoba garb by Cherry Veric, Binibini 19 Maria Lina Prongoso in a collaboration between Polly Lagyap & Mayor Madelaine Gazmen and Binibini 32 Jennyline Carla Malpaya in yet another Filipiniana.
So the question is: will these traditional or indigenous attires be the ones worn by the eventual Bb. Pilipinas 2016 titleholders in their international competitions? And more interestingly, will a Top 6 confirm somehow that there will indeed be six (6) titles at stake on April 17?
But which NatCos stood out the most in terms of brave and daring? It’s the Ati-atihan-inspired number of Rocky Gathercole worn by Binibini 17 Priscilla Kim dela Cruz (see photo below courtesy of Jojo Bragais).