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.
Behold your #Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano of Borongan, Eastern Samar and her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume by Ken Adrienne Batino and Jevin Salaysay
Notes from the designers
Kalesa was introduced to the Philippines by the Spaniards during the 18th century. It has served as a deluxe mode of transportation that only the rich and high ranking officials can afford. It used to be the king of the road long before the jeepneys arrived.
The kalesa is a carriage with two large wheels on each side, a roof to protect the passengers from the glaring sun, and it is connected to the horse that pulls the carriage.
Gab will be donning a golden kalesa that represents the shades of her hometown, Borongan City, Eastern Samar. She’s wearing a mesh body suit that is embellished with thousands of golden swarovski crystals. The carriage is adorned by handwoven mat or most commonly known as banig, one of the major products of her province. The wheels of the kalesa is decorated by two golden suns, living by her hometown’s monicker ‘The City of Golden Sunrise’.
Photographer: Raymond Saldaña
Set: Henry Reyes HGR Events
Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita in Gil Macaibay III. Makeup by Aico Aljas
A virtual Santacruzan it will be for Bb. Pilipinas 2020. Because of the pandemic crisis, the Binibinis will have to be dolled up off-site and presented as sagalas online. It takes some getting used to, but this is already a sneak peek into the new normal – the BPCI way.
Below are three more ladies to feast your eyes on.
Binibini8 Meiji Cruz in crown, gown and accessories by Manny Halasan. Makeup by Drew Galleguez
Binibini10 Shaira Rona in Ray Bien Maglonzo. Makeup by Kiev Torres. Crown by Omar Sali
Binibini32 Danica Acuna in gown and crown by Carla Sabog Madrigal. Makeup by Lenard Vasquez
Binibini 23 Gabrielle Basiano in custom-made MY FREN by Ken Batino and makeup by Eugene Tiongson