With today’s start of the Photo Exhibit of the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates in their National Costumes and the Finals Night set for April 17, allow me to share my favorites among them. I picked this eight (8) for various reasons as briefly described below:
Paolo Ballesteros for #Binibini29 Honey Cartasano: Very inventive, larger than life and with the best cultural inspiration used for a NatCos;
Macoy Elipane for #Binibini26 Czarina Guiao and the duo of Jun-g Bayona Candelario and Brent Naranja for #Binibini21 Thea Cenarosa: Pageant-theatrical with the wow factor that would make them stand out onstage and even in a parade;
Nick Guarino with Festivali Designs and Concepts for #Binibini12 Maureen Montagne: Meticulously crafted like a complex jigsaw puzzle assembled face down with the finished product showing a highly professional artisan feel;
Jomar Peralta for #Binibini36 Vickie Marie Rushton: Dreamy and magical like a character straight out of a fairy tale coming to life;
Ken Adrienne Batino and Jevin Salaysay for #Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano: Whimsical without going overload; the focus is balanced equally between the wearer and the elements of the kalesa;
Edwin Uy for #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz: simple lines that are both elegant and refined like a throwback to pageant Filipinianas of yesteryears given a modern twist;
Basha Subijano for #Binibini34 Mercedes Pair: Like a celebratory cake that is baked and decorated right, this flowery creation is executed with the right amount of ambition and creativity.
Behold your #Binibini11 Maureen Montagne in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Nick Guarino of Festivali Designs and Concepts:
(Notes from the designer)
A reflection of Batangas’ rich history, culture and the resources that has made the province an economic power in the Southern Tagalog periphery. Evidenced by the Calatagan pot, Batangas antedates the Hispanic influence as it had already thrived as small LAKANATES scattered in its plains and high grounds. Long before the Spanish colonization, these LAKANATES were already producing their own food like the staple rice, coconuts that abound in its plains and have been harvesting the bounty of its seas.
Batangas in the 14th century was already trading with China, India and the Indonesian kingdoms as evidenced by archeological diggings that has found quaint pieces of jewelry, porcelain dishes and jars from different Chinese dynasties. As such, this costume strives to incorporate these historical and cultural dimensions into a stunning masterpiece. A bold statement that tells the past, the present and the future of the beautiful province of Batangas!
Batangas will forever have an unforgettable 2020 having experienced both volcanic eruption and the pandemic. This is a reminder of the hero and resiliency of each and every Batangueño to rise depsite all adversities.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set: Henry Reyes HGR Events and Sabrosas
The Top 10 Bb. Pilipinas 2018 National Costumes are:
#Binibini20 Catriona Gray in Jearson Demavivas
#Binibini11 Aya Abesamis in Chico Estiva
#Binibini4 Ana Patricia Asturias in Dave Ocampo
#Binibini18 Rosantonette Mendoza in Rau Uson-Ablaza
#Binibini Michele Theresa Imperial Gumabao in Nat Manilag
#Binibini29 Samantha Avestruz in Nick Guarino
#Binibini30 Sarah Margarette Joson in Jay-r Gamboa Flores
#Binibini31 Jehza Huelar in Neil Patrick Jimlani
#Binibini33 Stephanie Joy G. Abellanida in Archie Castillo
#Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon in Edwin Uy
Here are their individual photos.
Below are the Top 10 National Costumes for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 after last night’s judging:
Jontie Martinez for #Binibini7 Jennyline Malpaya
Erich Miñoza for #Binibini10 Jehza Huelar
Roland Alzaté for #Binibini13 Sirene Sutton
Cary Santiago for #Binibini15 Maria Angelica De Leon
Frederick Berches for #Binibini18 Nelda Ibe
Nick Guarino for #Binibini20 Christa Borja
Edwin Uy for #Binibini22 Chanel Olive Thomas
John Cliff for #Binibini26 Ruffa Nava
Jun Ilusorio for #Binibini29 Karla May Manongsong
Francis Libiran for #Binibini31 Katarina Rodriguez
Vote for the Best in National Costume (ONLY) in the Bb. Pilipinas (Official) Page where the picture with the most number of likes wins!
Voting is until Friday the 28th 11:59PM.
I know that the hardworking Designers who created the fabulous National Costumes for the Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 toiled on their respective works so it is but fitting that we give credit to each one of them.
Let’s continue with Binibinis 11-20 dressed up by Patricia Santos, Val Taguba, Roland Alzate, Sony Boy Mindo, Cary Santiago, Adriano Samar, Emar Vida, Frederick Berches and Nick Guarino as officially photographed by Raymond Saldaña below.
Kimberly Pajares in Patricia Santos
Angelique de Leon in Val Taguba
Sirene Sutton in Roland Alzate
Sarah Asido in Sony Boy Mindo
Mariel de Leon in Cary Santiago
Larah Grace Lacap in Adriano Samar
Maria Camille Manalo in Emar Vida
Nelda Ibe in Frederick Berches
Rachel Peters in Val Taguba
Christa Borja in Nick Guarino