Designer Mak Tumang finally revealed the 3rd gown that Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray decided not to wear for the competition. This is the “Perla Oriente” creation that was left out in favor of the “Mayon Volcano-inspired” one for the finals and the “Ibong Adarna” for the Preliminaries.
Below is an explanation of the inspiration for the same.
Pearl of the Orient Seas is the byname given to our beautiful country, the Philippines. Even our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal referred the country with this sobriquet in his poem: Mi último adiós. Aside from the fact that our country is one of the largest producers of pearls, the Philippines is truly a gem! It is beautiful, enchanting and captivating. Indeed a high value and rare pearl!
This piece in itself is an extolment of the Philippines. May we always be proud of our roots. May we always treasure and cherish it as this is and will always be our ‘Bayang Magiliw…Perlas ng Silanganan’.