With today’s start of the Photo Exhibit of the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates in their National Costumes and the Finals Night set for April 17, allow me to share my favorites among them. I picked this eight (8) for various reasons as briefly described below:
Paolo Ballesteros for #Binibini29 Honey Cartasano: Very inventive, larger than life and with the best cultural inspiration used for a NatCos;
Macoy Elipane for #Binibini26 Czarina Guiao and the duo of Jun-g Bayona Candelario and Brent Naranja for #Binibini21 Thea Cenarosa: Pageant-theatrical with the wow factor that would make them stand out onstage and even in a parade;
Nick Guarino with Festivali Designs and Concepts for #Binibini12 Maureen Montagne: Meticulously crafted like a complex jigsaw puzzle assembled face down with the finished product showing a highly professional artisan feel;
Jomar Peralta for #Binibini36 Vickie Marie Rushton: Dreamy and magical like a character straight out of a fairy tale coming to life;
Ken Adrienne Batino and Jevin Salaysay for #Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano: Whimsical without going overload; the focus is balanced equally between the wearer and the elements of the kalesa;
Edwin Uy for #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz: simple lines that are both elegant and refined like a throwback to pageant Filipinianas of yesteryears given a modern twist;
Basha Subijano for #Binibini34 Mercedes Pair: Like a celebratory cake that is baked and decorated right, this flowery creation is executed with the right amount of ambition and creativity.
Pleased to share with you Episode 2 of Pageantry Norms Season 3 – “Dressing Up The Binibinis” – where my guests included Bb. Pilipinas National Costume Designers Edwin Uy, Rian Fernandez, Dee Jay Abustan and Manny Halasan.
Do watch now.
Behold your #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz of Pasig and her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Edwin Uy.
Notes from the award winning national costume designer:
The costume of Bb. Candidate 14 Hazel Ortiz shows 2 looks, a Filipiniana gown which transforms into an ethnic tribal warrior.
Both looks depict our culture and History from 2 different times. It is also a symbolism of a modern Filipino woman who has 2 major characteristics, modest but at the same time, a fighter as Filipino women nowadays are more independent and can even match or outwit any men in terms of achievements yet their modesty has always been one of their major distict quality.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set design: Henry Reyes HGR Events powered by Sabrosas
Now it can be finally shown:
Here are photos of the Edwin Uy Filipiniana national costume that Miss Grand Philippines 2019 Samantha Lo was supposed to wear onstage during Miss Grand International 2019. That is, until it got held in Paris along with the other luggage of our representative.
Thankfully, the creation has now been flown back to the Philippines.
The winners of World’s Best Models – Philippines 2019, were recently proclaimed during a catwalk showdown of 26 young aspirants held at The Eye of the Green Sun Hotel in Makati.
Proclaimed World’s Best Models Travel Ambassadors were Jana Riva and Mark Valencia. Bagging the major title of World’s Best Models – Philippines were Wilson Yalung and Yumi Fernandez with runners-up: (1st runner-up) Zandra Liwanag and Majed Saleh and (2nd runner-up) Shine Solis and Victor Alvaran III.
Produced by Prowess Supremacy Production, Incorporated (PSPI) and Budget Journey Travel, Inc., this unique modelling competition with the noble advocacy of giving importance to the indigenous people, the tillers and the weavers who produce the main crops used in textile materials, the very reason why there is a fashion industry. The contest also focuses on the farm-to-fashion concept, meaning having a “fabric to form designs to wear.”
With this in mind, Prowess (made up of Joseph Stephen Santos, Edwin Uy, Dave Ocampo, Jinky Garcia and Jas Baldoza will give a part of the proceeds of the project as its contribution to help these farmers and weavers, in coordination with the National Commission for Indigenous People.
Prowess will serve as ambassadors of cultural integrity so the people in the industry will not forget their cultural heritage and increase their awareness on the importance of intangible cultural heritage by transmitting this knowledge through all generations. Prowess intends to be the voice of our farmers and weavers to help ensure that all designs are called contemporary indigenous-inspired designs.
Last night at the Eye of Green Sun Hotel in Makati City, the winners of the 2nd Edition of World’s Best Models Philippines were proclaimed in an event that sought to produce the next big names in the local fashion industry. The top finishers are Wilson Yalung and Yumi Fernandez who also grabbed a lion’s share of the important special awards prior to the announcement as #1 in their respective categories.
Earning the title of World’s Best Models Philippines Travel Ambassadors are Mark Valencia and Jana Riva, with the pairs of Majed Saleh & Zandra Liwanag and Victor Alvaran & Shine Solis getting 1st and 2nd Runner-Up placements, respectively.
Learn more about these victorious contenders who will represent the country in international modelling competitions later this year, aside from becoming the fresh new discoveries of Prowess Supremacy Production.
Kudos to the team behind the organization led by Joseph Stephen Santos, Designers Edwin Uy & Dave Ocampo, Jinky Garcia and Jas Baldoza for a successful event hosted by the reliable duo of Michael Bristol and CJ Hirro.
Top finishers Wilson Yalung & Yumi Fernandez with the officers of Prowess Supremacy Production
Earlier in the day at the Windsor Events Place in Marikina, the male and female contenders of World’s Best Models – Philippines – Second Edition were introduced to members of the media in the Press Presentation where the most promising ones were voted for as Media Choice – Keann Johnson and Gwendoline Soriano.
Present during the same are the Officers of Prowess Supremacy Productions organizing the event and they include Designers Edwin Uy & Dave Ocampo, Joseph Stephen Santos, Jinky Garcia and Jas Baldoza.
Above are some photos from the said event- hosted by Angelee Delos Reyes – as taken by EJhosh Gozum Rodriguez. Finals night is scheduled on the evening of February 9.
Presenting to you now the country’s representatives to Miss/Mister Teen International 2018 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand next month – Joshua Helito and Alysa Esponilla.
This pair won the Junior Division of World’s Best Models – Philippines 2017 and will aim to bring additional honor to the country in international pageantry.
Watch out for them!
Designer: Edwin Uy
Styling: Dave Ocampo
Photography: Mark Neto Diaz
HMUA: Tonett Chua
During their courtesy call with Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez
Miss Earth Philippines 2017 and Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco
Hers was a reign that had rough patches here and there. And boy, were the potshots so cruel that anyone of a lesser heart and determination would succumb to the bashings that progressed from the nationals all the way to the international pageant stage.
As the reigning Miss Earth Philippines, Karen Ibasco was not spared the iron rod by critics who had a heyday putting her down for not having the traditional look and beauty we always associate with a winner, let alone a titleholder who would represent the country in the bigger Miss Earth. But when her innate smarts, academic credentials and articulate self start reeling in, then everyone would just sit up and take notice of how she would gloriously defeat all opponents coming her way. After all, being a Physicist gave her way more than textbook knowledge about science and stuff. What’s more, being able to translate her thoughts into words that would make the complicated seem reasonably understandable is a gift that not everyone can lay bragging rights on. Do watch two video clips (courtesy of Rappler) of how she was able to pull a well-deserved victory during Miss Earth Philippines 2017.
Since tonight is when Karen will relinquish her Miss Earth Philippines crown, I will stop at this point because her reign as Miss Earth won’t end until the 4th quarter of this Year.
Let me just say how proud I am of this woman who continuously held her head high amidst the varying degrees of stormy weather she had to live through. She remained cool, calm and collected. Gracious in all her moves and every inch a Queen so down-to-Mother Earth (pun intended).
Credits for her topmost photo:
Photographer – Jan Marquez | HMUA – Drew Galleguez | Gown – Edwin Uy
At the Duty Free Philippines in Parañaque City, an exhibit of National Costumes made by Designer Edwin Uy – titled “Anyong Pilipino” – is currently on display for everyone to appreciate and get inspiration from. During the ribbon-cutting yesterday afternoon, present were Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen Marquez and Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Top 15 Finisher Sandra Lemonon who each wore his dazzling creations, plus special guests including Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez. Mister Universal Ambassador 2017 1st Runner-Up Paul Guarnes was also around to wax nostalgic in the NatCos he proudly wore in Indonesia last year.
Except for the photo of Paul, all other shots were taken by Joy Arguil/Fab Philippines.