Behold your #Binibini30 Iza Valerio of Arayat, Pampanga in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Rian Fernandez:
Notes from the designer
This creation is inspired by the mythical goddess of Mt. Arayat, Maria Sinukuan— a Kapampangan sun god of war and death who lived on Mount Arayat. She is also dubbed as the sacred protector of the mountain and the animals that surround it.
Pampanga is known as a natural bird haven in the Philippines, wherein 14,000 kinds of nomadic birds gather each year in the swamps as a stopover before continuing their migration to different parts of the world. These birds are important to humans in various ways — such as providing natural fertilizers and dispersing seeds all over the mountain.
This goddess characterizes kindness among animals and generosity to its inhabitants. This ensemble is a magnificent symbolism of the rich and colorful heritage of Pampanga.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set design: Henry Reyes HGR Events and Sabrosas
Behold your #Binibini8 Meiji Cruz of Valenzuela in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Manny Halasan:
The National costume is inspired by #Lakapati, Goddess of agriculture and fertility.
Lakapati literally means “giver of food” and prosperity. She promotes abundance in the field and crops and she protects farm animals from disease. She is a symbol of harvest, thanksgiving, and protection.
The wings design is inspired by the dragon fly which means new beginning.
The gown is made of French lace with brass metal works pearls rhinestones and Swarovski crystals.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set design: Henry Reyes HGR Events powered by Sabrosas
Above are sneak peeks into some of the National Costumes of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates that you will soon see during the part of the competition where they will display the full ensembles – while moving to the updated music of “Mabuhay” from Miss Universe 1994.
Miss Peru Giuliana Valenzuela was named winner of the Best in National Costume Award during the special competition of the 47th Miss Intercontinental held at the Crystal Corridor of Okada Manila.
She was awarded by reigning titleholder Veronica Salas Vallejo and 2010 winner Mayde Columna.
As for our country’s rep, Miss Philippines Karen Gallman wore a “Moriones Festival”-inspired creation by Patrick Isorena.
Description of the costume as
This costume is inspired by the Moryonan also known as the ‘MORIONES FESTIVAL’.
It is a colorful festival celebrated in the island of Marinduque during Holy Week.
The “Moriones” are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks
This festival also inspired the creation of other festivals in the Philippines where cultural practices or folk history are turned into street festivals.
The Mythical bird ‘SARIMANOK’ was also added to the whole ensemble making it more dramatic.
Credits for the photographs below-
Designer : Patrick Isorena
Photographer : Ahleks Fusilero
Make Up: Inyaki Yuson
Hair : Ryan C. Sy
Shoes : Jojo Bragais
Sharing with you now my Ten Favorite National Costumes of Miss Universe 2018 during last night’s National Costume Competition held at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya. In random order now:
Photo credits: Amorn Pitayanant, Ralph Smith and Patrick Prather for the MUO
Marisela de Monteclaro of El Salvador
Romina Lozano of Peru
Nehal Chudasama of India
Sophida Kanchanarin of Thailand
Catriona Gray of the Philippines
On Anong Homsombath of Laos
Mayra Dias of Brazil
Andrea Toscano of Mexico
Yuumi Kato of Japan
Rosa Iveth Montezuma of Panama
The sketches by Jearson Demavivas
This is #BuongPilipinas called “Celebrate” as stated during the description of Miss Philippines Catriona Gray’s National Costume for Miss Universe 2018. A collaborative effort among Queen Cat herself for concept, Eric Quiwa for Luzon (Parol), Jearson Demavivas for Visayas (Pintados body) and Jojo Bragais for Mindanao (the shoes and the headdress).
The actual NatCos – front and back
I was told that the lantern should have been lighted onstage, but was prevailed upon by the safety and security people of the venue from proceedings with that part.
The reactions are mixed. Half of the fans liked it. Half of the fans are underwhelmed. I am slightly higher than middle because I know the hardwork and sleepless nights that went into it. I still believe that the team should get an A for effort with the finished ensemble.
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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray and her National Costume for Miss Universe 2018:
The following video is Part 1 of the reveal of what Queen Cat will be wearing during the pageant’s National Costume Competition this coming December 10 in Pattaya.
Let us start from the top – Luzon!
And what better way to usher in the festive Holiday Spirit than to have the upper part of her ensemble depict the joyous stargazing #GiantLanterns of Pampanga.
Click on the video by Jolo Luarca (I am teary-eyed just watching) below and watch out for the contribution of the Visayas very soon!
Produced by Jojo Bragais
Styling by Andrea Justine Aliman
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This is it! The offer may not be sealed in fire and ice yet, but this could herald the beginning of a beautiful collabiration between Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. and our local designers on the National Costumes of our Bb. Pilipinas Queens. Baby steps for now, toddler gaits in a few. The creativity of our local talents is immense to say the least. And to actually have their creations displayed internationally is an opportunity that is very likely to reap substantial rewards in the long run.
Grab the chance and prove to BPCI and Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta that you have what it takes to impress with your skills.
Just follow the drill and detailed instructions shown above. 😉
One of our regular readers, Toronto-based Raymond Cariño, sent in his designs for the National Costumes of our Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens.
“For the past year and a half I have been sketching some ideas for a national costume for the Philippines and also some Ternos. I am currently working for UGG Australia as an Assistant manager for the past 3.5 years and my passion for designing clothes for pageants has got me thinking of moving back to the Philippines to pursue this dream of mine, which is to dress one of our Queens.” wrote Raymond.
Paging BPCI, will these sketches pass your standards as potential NatCos inspirations for our Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens? 🙂
The latest online buzz is that the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami will announce a Top 20 during the January 25 finals, much like Miss USA 2014. The only differences are that 17 of them will come from the scored performances during the Preliminaries, while the remaining three (3) will come from the winners of the Fan Vote, Congeniality and National Costume.
So what say you, dear readers? Would you prefer our bet entering the first cut via the Preliminaries or one of the three awards? 🙂