35 comments on “Sunday Specials: Kim Gan and the Truth behind the Controversy 

  1. Hmmmmm?
    No matter who is at fault, the Philippine contingent stood out like a very “sore” thumb.

    Sadly, not going on stage might have been a better option.

    As far as fan reaction goes this was almost as embarrassing as MJ Lastimosa’s national costume nightmare at MU 2014.

    Oh well, we learn from our mishaps. Forgive and move on.

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  3. Y’all really should get out of pageat alongside colonial mentality. There are far better and important things to be concerned about. How can Filipinos progress with such insular thinking? Y’all should read Rizal’s The Social Cancer, if it isn’t too cerebral for you, a refresher course is in order.

  4. WELL KUNG ALAM NI KIM GAN NA PANGALAN NYA ANG NAKATAYA JAN EH DI SANA NAKIALAM CIA! MOVING ON 😋

  5. i just have to add, the korean national costumes are exquisite
    i like the chinese one’s as well

    at the very least, the filipino ensembles is similar to the hong kong ones, more like regular clothing than a national costumes

    • AGREE TEH, FAVORITE KO YONG KOREAN COSTUME NOONG 2002 MISS U AT FIRST RUNNER YONG KAY BARRAZA NA PINASUOT KAY MISS PHILIPPINES.

  6. The designer could have just as easily accessorised these dresses — e.g., butterfly sleeves, fans, parasols, a headdress, etc. — to give them a more cultural look. But it seems she didn’t even try. And there lies the problem.

  7. HINDI NA LANG KASI GINAWANG LUZON VISAYAS AT MINDANAO. iGOROT COSTUME NA ME BANGA YONG LUZON, BULAKLAKIN OR SINULOG, EVEN ATI ATIHAN FOR VISAYAS OR MASKARA INSPIRED KAYA, AT MUSLIM PRINCESS NG SINGKIL YONG SA MINDANAOO KAYA TIBOLI ENSEMBLE E DI NAREPRESENT PA NG HUSTO ANG PINAS AT AUTHENTIC PA!

  8. Some thoughts:

    1) Who is Kim Gan? Is she related to Tim Gunn? I hope not because one has impeccable taste, the other has….

    2) Is Kim Gan female at birth? Just curious because it is hard to say based on the picture posted.

    3) Wow. There IS an Asian Model Festival??

    4) Assuming the post of Mr. Norman are true : the handlers asked for TRADITIONAL Filipino Attires. Kim said she didn’t have traditional Filipino attires. The handlers still pulled out the three gowns, then it is very clear as light of the day that the handlers are at fault.

    > Heads should roll. Specifically, the heads of the handlers.

    > It is embarrassing that while neighbor countries proudly display their TRADITIONAL attires, there we were trying very hard to cover for our lack aesthetics and for our laziness.

    > And as someone pointed out, even these gowns by Kim looked mediocre at best. La Cumbia gowns are even better.

    World Peace.

  9. Hindi naman daw national costume segment. Locally inspired attire lang naman. Mga bakla sobrang maka react.

  10. Even though WaLa sayang filipiniana . Super pangit parin ang gown na creation nya para nalang bumili ng admit sa baclaran yung tipong 40 pesos Lang buy one take one pa.

    • IVAN SOBRA KA NAMAN, TAG 50 DAW YON AT SA DIVISORIA DAW HINDI SA BACLARAN. AT YONG MGA FLAG HINIRAM SA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SA TONDO, YONG GINAGAMIT TUWING LINGO NG WIKA.

  11. oh, such a shame.

    they had some stunning national costumes at the bbp 2017
    they could have used those

    missed opportunity

  12. She could have put some bolero or padded Sleeves on that white dress and dramatic glittered scarf on that red gown to at least emphasized the traditional Maria Clara look just to show she made effort or care about the traditional dresses of the Philippines!!! It’s the simplest and least she would have done, but no these three gowns showed laziness and insult to a deep rooted history of Philippines culture!!!!

  13. ….and this is just one of the examples of why other countries mock us for having no culture. This was a competition in Asia that sends out a message of the diversity of our continent. From what I have seen, Asian competitions have always put so much emphasis on expressing culture no matter what medium. The people behind this should have known better before even applying to represent the country. Sending a lazy design like this is just laughable. For a talented designer she couldn’t make a convincing national costume? She must really have no time to just pull off an abstract version of whatever she thinks Filipino culture is….and I sympathize with the angry public since our very own Filipino “creative” could only associate Filipino culture to a damn flag… Shows where she stands in this country. Some people claims that this is just making a big deal out of nothing; which I kind of agree since the competition focuses mainly on models. However, this issue hits straight to many Filipino fan’s insecurities (including mine) that our traditional culture often pails in comparison with our Asian neighbours. Blame colonisation. Blame laziness. But this outcry just gives others leverage to make fun of us again. Just my humble opinion.

  14. There is only one hot male model that I saw and that’s the light skinned Indian model👅 Charette 😘😘😘😘

  15. If she does not stock up on any kind of Filipino costume and yet she has other more intricate national traditional formal wear from other countries that only showed where the Philippines stands in her priority.

  16. IMHO, she should have foreseen what would happen and not accepted the offer from the very start.

    Since she grabbed the opportunity.. She should have at least used some of her creative juices to come up with something more acceptable.

    Andali lang gumawa ng Mestiza Bolero o kaya detachable butterfly sleeves hello?!????… Sobrang last minute ba as in within 24 hours lang sya hinugot?!.. I doubt!.. Kulang ba sa Philippine History background?!… You don’t need to be a history buff for that… Is it really lack of talent or just plain lack of social responsibility and awareness?!

  17. Yong three dresses na yan kanino yan gawa? Gawa ba yan sa Divisoria at hindi kilalang Designer? kung gawa ng isang kilalang designer yan… lalo na’t kung siya ang kausap ng organizer… I think kasama siya sa masisi… kasi bakit mo ipapagamit ang gawa mong damit kung hindi naman pala talaga naka design para sa event na yan… bakit mo binigay….

  18. Parang ganito lang yan, “ignorance of the law excuses no one”.
    Pero sa pangyayaring ito ay isang kapabayaan.
    Kung hospital pa yan ay hinayaang mamatay ang pasyente dahil sa kabobohan.
    Hugas kamay agad kasi Di ginamit ang utak dahil alam naman nila na c Fanny Serrano lang ang puedeng gumawa nyan hihihi cherette lang. 😗😙

  19. Face of the Philippines Organizers: While all the other countries had costumes, Philippines had none? There is NO excuse for you sending representatives UNPREPARED. Bring locally inspired formal clothing ang instructions… and you decide just to bring Filipino Fashion talent.

  20. From: https://www.facebook.com/jmfloresching

    “TO ALL CONCERNED AND THE NETIZENS WHO HAVE MADE CRITICISMS REGARDING THIS MATTER: Please note that this incident is not the fault of the designer concerned – KIM GAN (https://www.facebook.com/kim.gan.7) and neither the organizers of Face of the Philippines who are the local representatives for the Face of Asia – Asia Model Festival. For the record, Face of Asia is Model Search CompetitIon and NOT a beauty pageant, . NO instructions were given to bring “NATIONAL COSTUMES” but rather locally inspired formal clothing. Hence, the decision was made to focus on showcasing a Filipino Fashion Talent. Please note that this, was not part of the judging criteria and was NOT even part of the competition. This was part of a different and separate segment as part of Asia Model Festival which was the Asia Model Awards and NOT Face of Asia. Again, there was NO national costume segment as part of Face of Asia Competition. We understand and thank everyone for the concern but we believe that we represented the country well and the designer concerned even deserves a big THANK YOU AND GRATITUDE for providing such wonderful set of pieceS that were worn proudly by the Philippine representatives of Face of Asia. I hope this clarifies the concerns of the netizen that commented. To News 5 and all the Netizens who commented, THANK YOU FOR GIVING FACE OF THE PHILIPPINES THE EXPOSURE IT DESREVES”

  21. Kaloka!!!!! Wala ko ma gets sa story ni Madamme!! Napakakomplikado intindihin ang English di namen yan ma gets nina Maxine Medina, Sirene Sutton at Charmaine Elima… Buti nalang maganda kami de bale nang mahina sa English ask nalang ako ng translator para ma gets ko..

  22. What the fuck (blue/red/white) symbolizes, the PH Flag? They shud add yellow to complete the code, lol.

  23. That’s fvcking embarassing. A travesty beyond belief. The Philippine contingent looks so pathetic, plain and out of place. Poor models.

    It didn’t help that those PH flaglets are redundant because there’s a massive one on the screen. In fact those flaglets further accentuated the gaping travesty. This is a case of nothing is better than something. Very very Horrible.

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