The Crowns of Miss Republic of the Philippines 2015 – all in pure Gold, including the huge neck pieces
Pageant Owner Lynette Padolina
Yesterday afternoon, the unveiling of the historic crowns of Miss Republic of the Philippines 2015 took place at the Roma Salon of Manila Hotel. Pageant Owner Lynette Padolina led the event along with Marcott Almeda, Mila Imson (crown maker) and Ulysses King of the Vatican Fashion Museum. Special guest was the very last Miss Republic of the Philippines titleholder back in 1976, the still radiant Joy Conde.
Here is the official statement about the breathtaking crowns:
“The new Miss Republic of the Philippines Crown Jewels symbolize the rich cultural heritage, artistry, magnificent creativity and craftsmanship of the Filipinos design by Award-winning Jeweler and recently proclaimed Asia’s Best Creative Designer of the Year 2015 Mila Imson of Kitsilver Jewelries. The crown regalia was handcrafted and made by Mr. Rolando Catalina, a deaf craftsman from Meycauayan City, Bulacan.
It’s base is made of brass dipped in 24 Karat Gold and adorned by Sapphires, Lapis Lazuli, Rubies and Pearls – all jewel representations of the Philippine Flag colors. The crown took almost six (6) months to create, with an estimated face value of almost half a million pesos.”
Miss Republic of the Philippines 1976 Joy Conde (5th from right) helped present the new crowns
You might wonder why there are five (5) crowns on the below the two big ones and the neck pieces. Well, these are the public crowns of the Top 5 (Miss RP, Miss RP International and the three runners-up representing Luzon, Mindanao and Visayas). The highly-valued pieces on top will be secured inside the National Museum and will only be used during very important events.
Back to the unveiling, some of the local candidates casually presented themselves to the media guests present. And a few of them were gutsy enough to ask the panelists questions during the open forum.
The presence of Ulysses King of Vatican Fashion Museum also helped in shedding light on how grand the Philippine Terno competition will be. Press Presentation will be held soon.
The finals of Miss Republic of the Philippines 2015 will be held on November 4 at the Theater of Solaire Resort and Casino. 🙂