And earlier yesterday as well, the Binibinis were shot on video wearing the traditional garbs at the Penthouse of Gateway Tower. The clips will be shown on Coronation Night as well. Thankfully, the respective designers were interviewed on-cam by ABS-CBN Lifestyle so that they can proudly talk about their masterpieces.
Here are some of the individual photos during the judging.
I know that the hardworking Designers who created the fabulous National Costumes for the Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 toiled on their respective works so it is but fitting that we give credit to each one of them.
Let’s continue with Binibinis 11-20 dressed up by Patricia Santos, Val Taguba, Roland Alzate, Sony Boy Mindo, Cary Santiago, Adriano Samar, Emar Vida, Frederick Berches and Nick Guarino as officially photographed by Raymond Saldaña below.
My good designer-friend Adriano Samar from Caticlan is one of those commissioned to dress up the Binibinis, and here is how he described his creation for one of them:
“This is a mermaid-cut Filipiniana gown accentuated with bouffant trail and exaggerated sleeves to add drama and highlight the figure of the wearer. Its’ pañuelo is highlighted with floral embellishments down to its trail to dramatize the mystique and enchanting character of a Filipina.
This Filipiniana gown is 100% made of the finest piña seda handcrafted by the women of Aklan.”
I will just give you a small hint. This particular Binibini belongs to the first half of the 40. 😉
Other winners were Buena Pelayo (Water), Kate Montojo (Fire) and Crescielle Aron (Eco-Tourism).
Congratulations to the Malay LGU, Environmental Management Services Unit, Director Ronald King and everyone involved in the successful production of Miss Philippines Earth Malay 2015! 🙂
Against the breathtaking backdrop of some of the still-unspoilt and unexplored areas of Boracay Island, Jona was at her most beautiful as she posed and projected with such ease. But then again, you look at the gowns she is garbed with and the effect is just as sparkling.
If you want to see more of this photoshoot, just click HERE.
So instead of me coming up with a narrative about his entry into the fashion world, let’s hear it straight from Adriano Samar himself:
I am Adriano Sualog Samar, a budding fashion designer from Caticlan, Malay, Aklan…my high school dream was to be a famous fashion designer, and indeed became my passion! My Tita, Nelia Sancho (Miss Asia Pacific, 1972), who was the first person who believed in my talent, sent me to Ricky Reyes Learning Institute to be formally trained as a designer although it was just a short-term training. I also accomplished my college diploma in HRM in Aklan State University. After that, i went to Bahrain to work as a designer.
In two years time working overseas, I was given a chance to explore the fashion industry and discover technical skills in fashion design. I also had the chance to dress up a contestant of Miss Philippines – Bahrain and garnered several awards in the competition including Best in Gown and the title itself. Because of that, I was invited to style various photoshoots for Filipino fashion magazines such as Bahrain Confidential. At a young age, I reckoned that was my major accomplishment.
The knowledge that I was able to get working in Middle East polished my innate potential and that became a passport to compete in various local competitions when I decided to come back to my homeland. I was young and hungry for success so I went overseas to gain global experience.
When I thought I was ready, I came back home to launch my own fashion design, catering a clientele not just in Aklan but also to the entire region. In 2012, due to the fame I brought to my town after my brand creates waves in the local scene, our Mayor of Malay, Hon. John Yap awarded me as one of Outstanding Young Malaynon, a prestigious award by the LGU to succesful young professionals in our municipality.
My business also operates and is one of the well-recognized in Boracay Island which has a high demand for ready-to-wear bridal gowns since the beachfront is one of the best places to wed in the world. I also make tailored bridal gowns for several clients. I define my designs as innovative and the intricacy of its details without sacrificing the comfort. I have several celebrity clients such as Claudette Delos Reyes ( Miss Earth 2013, Miss Rachel Lobangco and Zara Aldana Mutya ng Pilipinas 2007.
This feature may not guarantee an immediate recall or popularity on the part of Adriano. But it will start the ball rolling, so to speak. And if he rises up to the occasion even more, then there’s really no other way to look but up.
Good luck to you! 😉
Jona’s white gown – quite an elegant cut and with fine details sewn on around 3/4 of the same – was created by Aklan-based and London-trained designer Adriano Samar – a relative unknown here in Manila, but not after the Ilongga’s recognition while wearing his creation.
Along with Jona, two other candidates were cited. Silver medalist was Beatrice Alvarez of Cagayan de Oro City and Bronze placer Chanel Olive Thomas of San Antonio, Nueva Ecija.
Looks like new surprises are coming in late in the fight. Let’s see if Jona can push it to upstage the tightly-tagged favorites. 😉