Behold your #Binibini11 Maureen Montagne in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Nick Guarino of Festivali Designs and Concepts:
(Notes from the designer)
A reflection of Batangas’ rich history, culture and the resources that has made the province an economic power in the Southern Tagalog periphery. Evidenced by the Calatagan pot, Batangas antedates the Hispanic influence as it had already thrived as small LAKANATES scattered in its plains and high grounds. Long before the Spanish colonization, these LAKANATES were already producing their own food like the staple rice, coconuts that abound in its plains and have been harvesting the bounty of its seas.
Batangas in the 14th century was already trading with China, India and the Indonesian kingdoms as evidenced by archeological diggings that has found quaint pieces of jewelry, porcelain dishes and jars from different Chinese dynasties. As such, this costume strives to incorporate these historical and cultural dimensions into a stunning masterpiece. A bold statement that tells the past, the present and the future of the beautiful province of Batangas!
Batangas will forever have an unforgettable 2020 having experienced both volcanic eruption and the pandemic. This is a reminder of the hero and resiliency of each and every Batangueño to rise depsite all adversities.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set: Henry Reyes HGR Events and Sabrosas