Catriona and Mak
Pageant fans and followers are anticipating that Miss Universe Catriona Gray will be wearing a Mak Tumang when she turns over the Miss Universe Philippines crown tomorrow night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. What’s more, the image above had been “leaked” as the possible gown that she will use – a bluer version of the now popular lava gown.
This is not officially confirmed as expected, but expect Queen Cat to be at her dazzling best during the Grand Coronation itself.
The Mak Tumang “Sampaguita”-inspired creations that Miss Universe Catriona Gray will wear for her Homecoming Parades.
If you happen to be near or around SM Pampanga, the Mak Tumang gowns for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray (and as Miss Universe Philippines 2018) are on exhibit from today till Sunday (December 28-30, 2018).
Will keep you updated on the schedule/s in other areas.
Designer Mak Tumang finally revealed the 3rd gown that Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray decided not to wear for the competition. This is the “Perla Oriente” creation that was left out in favor of the “Mayon Volcano-inspired” one for the finals and the “Ibong Adarna” for the Preliminaries.
Below is an explanation of the inspiration for the same.
Pearl of the Orient Seas is the byname given to our beautiful country, the Philippines. Even our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal referred the country with this sobriquet in his poem: Mi último adiós. Aside from the fact that our country is one of the largest producers of pearls, the Philippines is truly a gem! It is beautiful, enchanting and captivating. Indeed a high value and rare pearl!
This piece in itself is an extolment of the Philippines. May we always be proud of our roots. May we always treasure and cherish it as this is and will always be our ‘Bayang Magiliw…Perlas ng Silanganan’.
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
Ambush shot during the Miss Universe 2018 Technical Rehearsals
Your blogger with Designer Mak Tumang
Your blogger got to watch the Miss Universe 2018 Technical Rehearsals at Impact Arena and tomorrow morning’s Finals will be such an amazing experience, I tell you.
We were also fortunate to see the actual #LavaRed competition evening gown (by Mak Tumang, left photo) that Miss Philippines Catriona Gray will use and (without creating any spoilers), it will blow you away. You have to see it with your own eyes than rely solely on a leaked photo online.
Guest performer Ne-Yo also provided a very apt song number that will raise the temperature levels inside the Impact Arena even more, while Host Steve Harvey kept the audience in stitches with his funny ad-libs.
BTW, the mock Top 5 during the final rehearsals were Albania, Ghana, Russia, Sri Lanka and Barbados.
As is traditional during technical rehearsals, a member of the production was “crowned” Miss Universe instead of one of the mock Final 3 (Sri Lanka, Ghana and Barbados)
Super proud of these #Top12 Filipino Designers who dressed up a dozen of the delegates for Miss Universe 2018 during last night’s Preliminary Competition:
Joey Galon for Belize
Rian Fernandez for Cambodia
Michael Cinco for Canada
Mark Bumgarner for Ecuador
Paolo Blanco for Guam
Joel Escober for Japan
Jian Lasala for Kenya
Ivanka Hipolito for Malta
Bea Bianca for Nepal
Sidney Eculla for New Zealand
Benj Leguiab IV for Nicaragua
Mak Tumang for the Philippines
Applause for all of them!