Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea leads the launching of the Philippine Quincentennial Commemorations at the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in Ermita, Manila on December 21, 2018.
In order to strengthen the Filipino people’s love of country and national unity, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the Executive Order (EO) No. 55, s. of 2018, on May 08, 2018, indicating the constitution of a “steering committee for the commemoration of the quincentennial of the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines, the victory of Lapu-Lapu in the Battle of Mactan, and other historic events that happened from 1519 to 1522”.
With this, the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) was created to prepare the comprehensive plan for today’s launching. Among the highlights of the program include the unveiling of the commemorative logo and the exhibition of the national costume worn by newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
The NQC expressed its interest in the beauty queen’s national costume as it features motifs that signify the country’s long history, including 16th century tattoos adorned by Visayan warriors.
Pintados bodysuit & tboli accessories : Jearson Demavivas
Parol: Eric B. Quiwa
Brass: Mak Tumang
Shoes: Jojo Bragais
Styling: Andrea Justine Aliman
Vision: Carlos Buendia Jr
Congratulations to the team and for the PHILIPPINES ✨
#PHILIPPINES #NationalCostume #CatrionaGray #MissUniverse2018
When you show up for the all-important Miss Universe 2018 Preliminary Closed Door Interview proudly wearing an attire that depicts the shining heritage of your country in a fashionable way.
That’s our #kittycat Catriona Gray in a Filipiniana top made by Jearson Demavivas, paired with an Ifugao skirt and pearl earrings by Jewelmer.
I doff my hat to you, Catriona Elisa!
Styling by Andrea Justine Aliman
By the way, if you still haven’t watched the “Mindanao” video behind our Queen Cat’s National Costume “Celebrate”, please click below.
Now that the National Costume Competition is over and done with, we can all look forward to the Miss Universe 2018 Preliminaries this coming Thursday night at the Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani.
#BuongPilipinas, let us keep on rallying behind our #kittycat Queen Catriona Gray as she continues to make us proud in the most important pre-pageant event of the entire competition – accounting for the swimsuit and evening gown scores that will determine the Top 20 on the Finals (with the separate closed-door interviews and the MUO deliberation held privately).
I just learned that three of the several judges are Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova and Filipino-American Designer Monique Lhuillier.
Catriona in Jearson Demavivas the morning after the National Costume Competition
In the meantime, below is the Visayas video of Cat’s National Costume.
The sketches by Jearson Demavivas
This is #BuongPilipinas called “Celebrate” as stated during the description of Miss Philippines Catriona Gray’s National Costume for Miss Universe 2018. A collaborative effort among Queen Cat herself for concept, Eric Quiwa for Luzon (Parol), Jearson Demavivas for Visayas (Pintados body) and Jojo Bragais for Mindanao (the shoes and the headdress).
The actual NatCos – front and back
I was told that the lantern should have been lighted onstage, but was prevailed upon by the safety and security people of the venue from proceedings with that part.
The reactions are mixed. Half of the fans liked it. Half of the fans are underwhelmed. I am slightly higher than middle because I know the hardwork and sleepless nights that went into it. I still believe that the team should get an A for effort with the finished ensemble.
Only clues are available for now. But hey, the wait won’t be that long anymore because in just a matter of weeks, you will get to see the “Buong Pilipinas” National Costume of Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray for Miss Universe 2018 as executed by Designer Jearson Demavivas.
So how will you interpret the #BuongPilipinas hashtag, dear readers?
Jearson, Mak and Jojo
#ComingSoon: The #LavaWalk of Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray.
You already know that Jearson Demavivas will execute her National Costume.
By now, you may have already been informed that Mak Tumang will do her Competition Evening Gown/s.
Soon, you will find out who her trainers are for Miss Universe 2018.
Watch out for it on the vlog channel of Jojo Bragais at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo1lzx7kBQU_oPONobheVXQ
And don’t forget the hashtag we need to make viral: #LavaWalk – that is the name of Queen Cat’s walk for #MU2018!
Photo credit: Andy Cayna
Watch the news feature of my colleague Jeff Fernando on UKG about Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray.