6 comments on “Binibini 30 and her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume

  1. I will join in on the collective disapproval thus far (@ 4M & @ Closer2Fame).

    14,000 TYPES of birds in the Candaba Basin alone? Baka HEAD COUNT ‘yan. Hindi naman lahat ng ibo’ng dayo mula Tsina (the “Amihan” has begun as per latest PAGASA images and that means the annual migration can be expected to commence soon, if it has not already done so) ay sa Pampanga lalagi. The furthest south I’ve read they’ve gone is Olango island (Cebu). And there, a head count of x thousands is a treat! Had this been Indonesia I would have believed, as our southern neighbor claims the greatest number of ACTUAL species. Yes, even more than the Amazon basin’s!

    The Anthracoceros montani* has either perched on her or is taking off with her… The couple of Tanygnathus lucionensis** adorning her arms call to mind the (live) macaw Andrea Toscano-Ramirez brought onstage with her at the “Senorita Mexicana” 2018 swim desfile.

    * – Sulu hornbill

    ** – Blue-naped parrot

    • @Flor

      Yes, we are indeed one of the centers of Avian biodiversity and yet you are also correct… 14,000 “Types” is not the correct term since there are only a total of 724 species of birds in the Philippines, 227 of which are endemic, & five have been introduced by humans. As for that giant bird on her shoulders which looks like different kinds of chopped bird parts put together…. That is so farfetched from the Sulu hornbill which is more stocky, streamlined and almost completely black including it’s “horned” bill… Meanwhile, the Blue-naped parrot has almost all-green feathers except for it’s blue nape… The baggy bare skin around the eyes of the alleged parrots on that costume are distingushing characteristics of Macaws not regular parrots nor a blue-naped parrot…. and those long bushy tails are definitely not from Parrots nor Hornbills… One thing is for sure… Those are ugly ass birds that look nothing like the Sulu hornbill nor the Blue-naped parrot… They with a doubt more suited for a haloween costume than a national costume for beauty pageants!

  2. I’m very famillar with this talented designer who’s excellent beadwork is litteraly something you won’t sit on… She does beautiful couture gowns but I don’t think national costumes are her forte… This gown for example is indeed beautiful but how can you consider this as Mariang Sinukuan? Yes, there are more than 14,000 species of birds in Pampangga but for this fantasy costume, why pick frankenstein avian parts from distinctly foreign birds like the beak of a Toucan , bodies of Macaws which are iconic birds of the Amazon and with bird of Paradise tails which is the national birds of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea? Why not pick actual native birds as inspiration for her frankenstein fantasy birds? I love the craftsmamship of the gown and the cultural source of inspiration but the execution particularly the birds is again a total miss and another case of misrepresentation due to lack of research… 6.5 stars for this one.

  3. I’m very famillar with this talented designer who’s excellent beadwork is litteraly something you won’t sit on… She does beautiful couture gowns but I don’t think national costumes are her forte… This gown for example is indeed beautiful but how can you consider this as Mariang Sinukuan? Yes, there are more than 14,000 species of birds in Pampangga but for this fantasy costume, why pick frankenstein avian parts from distinctly foreign birds like the beak of a Toucan and body of Macaws which are iconic birds of the Amazon and with bird of Paradise tails which is the national birds of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea? Why not pick actual native birds as inspiration for her frankenstein fantasy birds? I love the craftsmamship of the gown and the cultural source of inspiration but the execution particularly the birds is again a total miss and another case of misrepresentation due to lack of research… 6.5 stars for this one.

Care to share your thoughts about this post?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.