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
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).
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.
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
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. 😉
“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? 🙂
Year after year, the Philippines has not really focused much on what traditional attires our beauty representatives will wear in their respective pageant assignments here and abroad. Sure, there is the extra effort given when hosting chores are done locally because the inconvenience of transporting a complex and bulky national costume from airport to airport is no longer a major concern.
For 2013, which among our bets wore the best cultural garb? Is she one of the seven ladies above?
I’d say a reluctant yes to Angeli Dione Gomez wearing the innovative Cary Santiago creation during the Miss Tourism International 2013 Press Presentation. Reluctant because our Cebuana bet did not have the full grace and fierceness exuded by its original wearer (Matet Gorgonio) during Bb. Pilipinas 2013. But still, it stood out head and shoulders above what the others were made to parade in this year. Angelee delos Reyes’ warrior-inspired take during Miss Earth 2013 comes a close second, but that’s not saying much really because the concept was somewhat lost in translation in the over-all analysis of the inspiration behind it all.
Truth be told, however, my pick as the Best National Costume for a Filipina rep this year (photo below) was worn during Miss International Queen 2013 in Pattaya, Thailand when Kristina Cassandra Ybarra (who made Top 10) slipped into the most elaborate and most well-carried cultural festival attire. She was at her graceful best in the same. And the whole outfit would really put to shame the ones assigned to the major competitions.
So there. What say you, dear readers? 😉
Now that you have seen the 30 Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 in their elegant National Costumes, it is time to log in your Top 3 choices – one winner, 2nd place and 3rd place.
Let me start by posting mine.
In third place, wearing a creation that highlights the use of indigenous materials weaved in fine detail and evoking the true beauty of the Philippine terno is candidate #27 Golda Mae Soller!
In second place, garbed in an edgy version of the Philippine terno that not only accentuates the shapes and curves of the wearer, but also shows some stylish deconstruction of the traditional costume is candidate #18 Janine Tugonon!
And lastly, my winner of the National Costume Competition is lavishly attired in a tribal-inspired number that exudes the joyous spirit of the islands, adding more zest to the line ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ and carried with such an exacting flair for maximum effect…here’s candidate #8 Nicole Schmitz!
My honorable mentions would be the simple sophistication of an all-white Filipiniana worn by #28 Marie Irisha Arcenas and the eye-catching – albeit verging on the busy side – interpretation of the terno presented by #7 Patricia Lae Ejercitado.
Who are your winners?
Do share! 😀