Behold your #Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano of Borongan, Eastern Samar and her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume by Ken Adrienne Batino and Jevin Salaysay
Notes from the designers
Kalesa was introduced to the Philippines by the Spaniards during the 18th century. It has served as a deluxe mode of transportation that only the rich and high ranking officials can afford. It used to be the king of the road long before the jeepneys arrived.
The kalesa is a carriage with two large wheels on each side, a roof to protect the passengers from the glaring sun, and it is connected to the horse that pulls the carriage.
Gab will be donning a golden kalesa that represents the shades of her hometown, Borongan City, Eastern Samar. She’s wearing a mesh body suit that is embellished with thousands of golden swarovski crystals. The carriage is adorned by handwoven mat or most commonly known as banig, one of the major products of her province. The wheels of the kalesa is decorated by two golden suns, living by her hometown’s monicker ‘The City of Golden Sunrise’.
Photographer: Raymond Saldaña
Set: Henry Reyes HGR Events