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Sexy. Show-stopping. Swagger.
Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo need not pull out surprise stunts onstage just to present herself in a colorful checkered swimwear. She has the natural hip-swaying strides and turns that deliver her A-game. Effortlessly, I must say.
Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo (above) during the Evening Gown Preliminaries of Miss Grand International. She is wearing a creation by Louis Pangilinan.
This gown takes inspiration from the small bird with broad wings that is undoubtedly recognizable by its green body color and yellow throat called “Yellow-throat leafbird.”
This bird is endemic to Palawan which Samantha Bernardo represents in her Binibining Pilipinas expedition.
This emerald green-colored gown is hand-embroidered with beads and sequins. Accentuated with gold crystals as a representation of the yellow throat of the bird and feathers from fibers extracted by hand and worked into fine threads woven together in the lower part of the gown.
Emerald green shows a woman’s growth, humility, and courage – characteristics that made our queen Samantha grand and awe-inspiring.
Photographer: Jerick Sanchez @jericksanchez
Gown: Louis Pangilinan
Stylist: Kenneth Ramil @styledbykennethr @kennethr_
Associate: Karl Dioso @diosokarl
Earrings: Ornate Manila @ornatemanila
Makeup: Jr Constantino @jrcons
Hair: Darwin Sinel @sineldarwin
Special thanks to Wilbert Tolentino, Rodgil Flores of KF and Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., headed by Madam Stella Araneta.
My ten favorite National Costumes for Miss Grand International 2020 are a mix of the traditional modernized and theatrical culture. It was not difficult to select the ones that occupy the upper half of my selection.
Guatemala, Thailand, Indonesia, Bolivia and Vietnam deserve to be up there. They are either creative/inventive or polished/well-executed. It does help that the pageant organizers released high resolution individual photos of the candidates from where the details can be clearly seen.
My first three, in particular, are prime examples of how the modern National Costume should be conceptualized and presented. While Indonesia’s satay-inspired garb is sort of a mimic of Miss Universe Vietnam 2018’s Bahn Mi outfit in Bangkok, you can still see the craftsmanship that went into creating the visual feast of an ensemble. Guatemala’s, on the other hand, is lovingly put up by its creator – nothing complex but culturally spot-on. Thailand and her boat-on-the-floating-market NC is worthy of a host delegate’s entry. It is an almost real-life show of a tourist tradition that the Thais are known for around the world.
My remaining choices include Sri Lanka, Panama, Malaysia, the Philippines and Nicaragua in that order. This lower half may still be open to opposition from some, but they are included in my list because of specific elements that made them stand out ahead of the rest.
Patrick Isorena’s creation for Samantha Bernardo deserves some kudos for the robust feel of a Philippine Eagle-inspired costume.
MISS GRAND PHILIPPINES 2020
SAMANTHA MAE BERNARDO
The Costume is inspired by our National Bird – The Philippine Eagle also known as the Monkey-Eating Eagle or Great Philippine Eagle.
It is considered the largest of the extant eagles in terms of length and wing surface, the rarest and most powerful birds in the world.
This costume also intend to create awareness because the Philippine Eagle is critically endangered, mainly due to massive loss of habitat resulting from deforestation in most of its range.
Gold as the main color of the costume to represent the magnificent journey of our Queen.
And to pay homage to the MGI Golden Crown.
Just like gold it is extravagant, wealthy, rich and indestructible, like Samantha – A queen who never gave up on her dreams.
Designer PATRICK ISORENA
Photographer AHLEKS FUSILERO
Stylist KENNETH RAMIL YTURRALDE
Associate – KARL DIOSO
Make Up – JR CONSTANTINO
Hair – DARWIN SIÑEL
Watch the entire show below.
Cool, calm and collected.
This is Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo before going through her Preliminary Interview for Miss Grand International.
Below is her exit interview along with Miss Grand Russia and Miss Grand Puerto Rico.
Here is the look of Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo during her Preliminary Interviews for Miss Grand International.
The 2nd photo is a variation of the same attire made by Designer Chico Estiva.
So how did Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo present herself during the Swimsuit Competition of Miss Grand International?
Superb, I must say. She executed her turns masterfully from start to finish while projecting fun to the camera. She navigated the long runway – complete with a series of downward steps to the lower level before establishing a pose in the platform which looked like the base for a trophy – like a true pro.
The momentum is there. You performed well.
Next stop, the National Costume Competition and then the Preliminaries next week before the March 27 Finals.
Best of luck, Samantha!
Photo credit: Thai Sashes
Before catching the Swimsuit Competition of Miss Grand International, check out the video clip below featuring the candidates during their visit to Canal Street in Bangkok.
Watch for the appearance of Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo in the same.
The 59 Official Candidates of MGI. Samantha Bernardo is standing 3rd from left
Following the Welcome Ceremony for Miss Grand International earlier today in Bangkok, allow me to share my 20 Favorites so far. This is a strong batch of candidates and I will need to watch the Preliminary Competition next week to firm up my choices even more.
Miss Grand #Canada Sara Winter
Miss Grand #CostaRica Gabriela Jara
Miss Grand #CzechRepublic Denisa Spergerová
Miss Grand #DominicanRepublic Lady Laura Leon
Miss Grand #Ecuador Sonia Augusta Luna
Miss Grand #Finland Liina Malinen
Miss Grand #Guatemala Ivana Batchelor
Miss Grand #Indonesia Aurra Kharishma
Miss Grand #Mexico Angela Yuriar
Miss Grand #Nigeria Chikaodili Nna-Udosen
Miss Grand #Philippines Samantha Bernardo
Miss Grand #Poland Karina Nowak
Miss Grand #PuertoRico Fabiola Valentin
Miss Grand #Russia Guzel Musina
Miss Grand #SouthAfrica Anrónet Ann Roelofsz
Miss Grand #Spain Iris Miguelez
Miss Grand #Thailand Chantaradapit Namfon
Miss Grand #USA Abena Appiah
Miss Grand #Venezuela Eliana Roa
Miss Grand #Vietnam Nguyễn Lê Ngọc Thảo
My Top 5 for now are below (in alphabetical order):
Sara Winter of Canada
Sonia Augusta Luna of Ecuador
Aurra Kharishma of Indonesia
Samantha Bernardo of the Philippines
Chantaradapit Namfon of Thailand