In this blog entry are the different photos of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo for her editorial shoot with Seven Barretto for Mega Magazine. Below is the inspiration and the credits.
The term maharlika is a loanword from Sanskrit
maharddhika (महर्द्धिक), a title meaning “man of wealth, knowledge, or ability”. Contrary to modern definitions, it did not refer to the ruling class, but rather to a warrior class (which were minor nobility) of the Tagalog people, directly equivalent to Visayan timawa. Like timawa, the term also has connotations of “FREEMAN” or “freed slave” in both Filipino and Malay languages.
Miss Universe Philippines
Photo & Creative Direction • @sevenbarretto of @studio7manila
Art Direction • @erwnbotin of @botinstudios
Styling • @mikeeandrei
Makeup • @carissacielomedved
Hair • @ariesmanal_hair
Gown Designer • @francislibiran8 @victorharryhartman
Accessories • Christopher Munar
Photography team • @claudevillahrmsa @darielmiraflorphotography
Special thanks to @themissuniverseph @bessiebesana @peeweeisidro
Behind the photos:
Inspiration- Maharlika- “free men”
The brave and strong composed of warrior class
Set- inspired by the ancestral houses that are mostly found in Iloilo City
Fashion & Beauty Direction- Maharlika
Old meets new. (Representing modern Filipina women) &
Inspired by the beautiful works of @lenaberishaofficial
“For a country whose pre-colonial ancestry has left meagre evidence—no grand monuments or architectural structures and very few original manuscripts— these beautifully crafted solid gold pieces are a direct link to our heritage. “The pre-colonial gold bears witness to an advanced society with cultural ties to other, better-known cultures in Asia such as India & Java. It demonstrates that we had the technical skills and resources to produce these wonderful objects. It also suggests familiarity with Hindu-Buddhist ideas that have largely been erased from our cultural memory.”
Seasoned collector, Jomari Treñas, is fascinated by this intermingling of societies and how they are clearly translated in the designs. “You see the different cultures in the gold-making, such as the gold heads or earrings with figures that have very Indian influences.”
Sources: google, the Boxer Codex (1590) and Fr. Alcina’s Historia de Las Islas e Indios Visayas (1668), Philippines Tatler
Today, December 14, is when the new Miss World will be crowned at ExCel London. And our Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Marquez Dee is ready to fight till the very end. She has come this far and there simply is no letting up in the fight for a second blue crown for the Philippines.
Watch the video of our bet in her Francis Libiran National Costume. It should inspire you even more to root for her.
And do watch out for the very elegant evening gown that she will wear from the same designer. It should be a very special creation that will merit your absolute approval.
Step up to the plate.
The time to shine at your brightest is NOW!
You always see Miss World Philippines Michelle Dee in those unsmiling, modelesque shots. For a change, here’s our Miss World 2019 bet making us feel her joy at how things are slowly coming up roses in London – in this, the homestretch of the competition.
The Francis Libiran gown above is inspired by the Philippine Seas.
Shot by Mike Gella
Makeup by Dave Quiambao
Hair by July Vito
Below is the promotional teaser for the airing of the Miss World 2019 Finals this coming Saturday on GMA-7.
Miss World Philippines Michelle Dee presents to us her National Costume for Miss World 2019. Designer Francis Libiran is the creator.
Please keep on voting and supporting her in the competition by visiting missworld.com.
You can also follow all her activities on the MobStar app.
Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez during the filming of her Miss World 2018 Profile Video.
Today was also the audition for #DancesOfTheWorld. Excited to see what she will be wearing? Well, here’s a description:
“Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez will don a custom Francis Libiran ensemble as her national costume for the upcoming Miss World 2018 competition. The look and design of this number is inspired by the ingenuity, unparalleled artistry and the rich history of the Philippines’ Kalinga tribe. The ensemble is composed of a fully-embroidered and hand-embellished bodysuit accessorized with a custom-made headdress adorned with feathers and the iconic ‘bongol’— the native beads used to indicate the social status of a Kalinga woman. The custom embroidery art on the entire bodysuit depicts the iconic tattoo art which known as the symbol of the Kalinga people and warriors. This national costume also pays homage to Whang-od, the last surviving original, hand-tap tattoo artist from Kalinga’s Butbut tribe.”
And below is a photo:
End your long weekend right with the refreshing photo of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach above.
Then catch her next week in person during #BeautyLikeAQueen segment at the Glorietta Activity Center on June 22 (Friday) starting at 3pm.
Let Aquafina’s Best Beginnings help bring out the best in you. Join the free masterclasses from the country’s experts:
I. BEAUTY LIKE A QUEEN
Pia Wurtzbach, Michele Gumabao, Jonas Gaffud, Albert Kurniawan and Francis Libiran.
II. HOST LIKE A PRO
Sam YG and Suzy Gamboa
III. MAKE IT TREND (A Talk on Content Creation)
Martine Cajucom, Chef Nicco Santos, Chichi Tullao
Your best begins at 3PM this June 22 at the Glorietta Activity Center. Registration is free.
See you there!
Michael Cinco in Iceland
You want something juicy to talk about? Now this one is a safe blind item because – after all – negotiations did not prosper so it’s just something to make wild guesses about.
Who is this Binibini among the present forty (40) who was originally scheduled to be dressed up by the Impalpable Michael Cinco in the competition? At first, the mere thought of this lady wearing his creation/s would be so intimidating to other designers or even the other candidates as it will give that kind of advantage that can be considerably hard to match in terms of media mileage and popularity. Somehow, the lit-fire was doused just at the right moment. Perhaps, the risk on both wearer and the Designer can be weighty – more on the latter in my opinion.
Do not ask me clues on who the Binibini is because my lips are permanently sealed on this one. Just enjoy the discussions.
Now since we are in the subject of Michael Cinco, do watch out for the fashion show that will be this year’s most anticipated as he will be joined by Francis Libiran, Amato Furne, Ezra Santos and Cary Santiago in a grand event aptly titled “World Class” in celebration of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel’s 20th Anniversary. It will be held at the Pacific Grand Ballroom on October 6. 😉
Piecing together the two captions of your #Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton on her Instagram account makes a lot of sense as it sums up her pageant battlecry for Bb. Pilipinas 2018 – “Now or Never” and “I can and I will”.
Vickie is taking her Binibini journey very seriously. And she is keeping her eyes on one of the prizes, regardless of what crown it would be. Of course, we all have a pretty good idea where she is the best fit for. But at the end of the day, it is winning a crown that matters more than anything else.
How are you sizing up #Binibini1 by now, dear readers?
Vickie in Francis Libiran
This is the National Costume of Miss Philippines Katarina Rodriguez for Miss Intercontinental 2018. Francis Libiran is the Designer.
For her competition Evening Gown, Katja will be wearing another Francis Libiran. This time in pink, I was told. Watch out for that one soon!