Behold your #Binibini17 Justine Felizarta in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume by Jhobes Estrella:
(Notes from the designer)
The Vinta is a traditional sailboat inspired by the Moro and Sama-Bajau tribe. It’s a Philippine symbol that signifies migration and the colourful traditions from the island of Mindanao.
This art is exhibited through their textiles that explode in vibrant colours, which are found in the sail of a vinta. The colors used in every line represent the rich culture and history of the Muslim people.
Aside from it’s colorful patterns, each vinta also represents a family or clan. The traditional outrigger boat doubles as their home and a means to transport goods and to travel to different lands. As children of OFW parents, I saw it fitting that the vinta symbolizes the sacrifices overseas Filipino workers go through, to provide livelihood for their families.
The vinta is a Philippine icon. In this design is a story of the ingenuity of the Filipino people–a symbol of courage, hope, and resilience that lies within our nation.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set design: Henry Reyes HGR Events amd Sabrosas