Last night’s National Costume Competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 was a showcase of the best in the Filipino Designers and their world-class artistry, especially in creating both traditional and richly-creative masterpieces for their #Binibinis.
The Top 10 finalists have already been announced. Allow me to share four (4) more personal favorites which could have also made it had there been more spots to fill. They are just as fabulous – or significant – as the qualifiers. The scores must have been close, I reckon.
1) Nicole Guerrero of #IlocosSur in Michael Barassi’s tribute to the Philippine carabao
2) Ilene de Vera of #MandaueCity in Malayka Yamas’ tribute to the famous Cebu guitars
3) Honey Grace Cartasano of #Rizal in Paolo Ballesteros’ tribute to the “Magsusuman” of Rizal Province
and for patriotic reasons,
4) Samantha Poblete of #Cavite in Emar Vida’s tribute to the heroism of the Filipino and the rich history of the Province of Cavite.
Presenting another masterpiece of a National Costume from Michael Barassi:
Mark Kevin Baloaloa, the Philippine entry in Mister International 2019 currently being hosted in the country, will wear this show-stopping creation called #Bakunawa from the Visayan folkloric tale of the moon-eating dragon (read above for the complete explanation).
Watch the video clip and see it come to life during the international competition.
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 George Reylor De Lumen (middle) is flanked by 1st Runner-Up Agung Wira Jaya of Indonesia (left) and 2nd Runner-Up Chitsanupong Soeksiri of Thailand
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 is George Reylor De Lumen of the Philippines!
1st Runner Up: Agung Wira Jaya of Indonesia
2nd Runner Up: Chitsanuphong Soeksiri of Thailand
George was also awarded Best in Speech and Best in National Costume (created by Michael Barassi).
The Finals was held at the Arya Auditorium Des Raj in Arya, New Delhi, India.
Congratulations George! We Love You!
P.S.: Without a doubt, the late Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr of Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center (Philippine Franchise Holder of MUA) is smiling from up there and super proud of you!
George in his Michael Barassi NatCos which won our bet the National Costume award
Presenting to you the “Ibong Adarna”-inspired National Costume to be worn in competition by Mister Universal Ambassador Philippines 2018 George Reylor de Lumen in New Delhi, India for Mister Universal Ambassador 2018.
The entire ensemble is created by Designer Michael Barassi who gave us the inspiration and description of his masterpiece below:
George has started his quest for the title that came so close to being captured by our representatives the last three years. Alexis Martinez placed Top 10 the first edition, Andrea Biondo got 2nd Runner-Up the next and Paul Guarnes was named 1st Runner-Up last 2017. Could 2018 be the year that we finally finish on top?
Let us wish him the best in his mission! Finals will be on November 24 in Arya, New Delhi, India.
Additional credits for the photos:
Photographer: Jai Murcillo
Grooming: Shai Mejia
Location: Lucky Buddha Photography Studio