Behold your #Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita of Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Odelon Simpao.
Belleza de Oro
(Notes from the designer)
Legend has it that Cagayan de Oro is resting on the back of a giant goldfish, with its head right under the Cathedral. This is the mythical inspiration of my national costume, a fitting tribute to the Oro, as a gentle creature. On top of the piece is a crown, a homage to Birhen sa Kota who protected the city from invading Moros.
We call this costume Belleza del Oro, beauty of gold.
The whole piece is composed of over 10,000 glittery pieces with dominant circular bangles, representing the golden coconut called kuyamis, abundant in Misamis Oriental and the namesake of its annual festival that celebrates good harvest.
To this day, the legend of the Oro is told and retold. The spirit of the Oro magnifies in the heart of every Kagay-anon, exuding genuine friendship to anyone he/she meets, thus the moniker, City of Golden Friendship.
I take immense pride here at the Binibining Pilipinas to make my beloved Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, shine like gold in the eyes of the world.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set Design: Henry Reyes HGR Events and Sabrosas