When Miss Philippines Elizabeth Clenci stepped out onstage during the National Costume Competition of Miss Grand International 2017, everyone was in awe. Her traditional garb may not have the shock factor of what the likes of Miss Indonesia Dea Rizkita wore with the sim city-like structures protruding like a temple country on the train, but it maintained the stylish appeal that our bet has bet has been bringing in multiple doses ever since she landed in Vietnam.
Let us allow Designer Jearson Demavivas to explain the inspiration for his creation:
Lies at the heart of South Central Mindanao is a thriving community of Philippine’s renowned cultural tribe called the T’boli.
With the tribe’s rich culture and art, they also became popular with its creations such as jewelries and fabrics made out of indigenous materials.
This dress was inspired by the massive creativity of the T’boli tribe. This is a representation of a modern T’boli princess in haute couture and their uniquely designed guitar called ‘hegulung’. Philippine’s T’boli takes pride on its T’nalak fabric which designs are spawned from the dreams of the weavers. This has brought out the name of its province, South Cotabato, as Land of the Dreamweavers.
The design of this national costume represents the cultural structure of the T’boli tribe along with the colors and intricate beadworks, which speaks of their careful yet impressive art.
Thank you @mselizabethclenci to showcase this rich culture of Filipino in the International stage👏🏻🇵🇭❤️👑 you nailed it!!!
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Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann in her T'boli Dreamweaver costume for Miss World 2014's Dances of the World
Valerie's update on the national costume and Dances of the World
Valerie Weigmann celebrating her birthday with the ladies in London.
The auditions for Dances of the World of Miss World 2014 are now over. Time to wait for the results to find out which contestants will be short-listed to make quick solo performances of their respective dance routines come December 14. Hopefully, Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann has done enough to impress the judges.
Now some of you might ask why Valerie decided to cover herself up with the malong instead of exposing the mid-riff top underneath. It’s really the traditional way of presenting the costume. And it would be far from her mind to go against the specific instructions of how to wear the same. The T’boli Hegalong guitar is really a nice touch. I wouldn’t be surprised if the added prop will be the clincher for her to make it to the selected group of performers. 🙂
The costume above is a final sketch of what MWP2014 Valerie Weigmann will wear for Dances of the World. It is co-designed by Koronadal Couturier Ivan Raborar and Jakarta-based Jesson Capuchino
Kadal Heroyon - The Dance of Flirtation
” is the national dance that will be contributed by the Philippines to Dances of the World in Miss World 2014, and to be performed by our bet, Valerie Weigmann.
But just to familiarize everyone, what is “Kadal Heroyon“? According to the Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company, ” Kadal Heroyon (Lake Sebu, South Cotabato) translates to “dance of flirtation.” It is commonly performed by young adolescent T’boli girls eligible for marriage proposal. Gestures imitate high flying birds along with acts of beautification, which is of high importance to the T’boli.”
Below is a video showing a short sample dance demo of the “Kadal Heroyon“.
courtesy of Sayysa31
As for the costume, handler Caloy Buendia stated that “Valerie Weigmann of the Philippines will be wearing a modernized T’boli inspired national costume that is worn by the regal T’boli women from the Land of the Dreamweavers which represents the vibrant culture that can be found in this cultural paradise. The graphic and vibrant patterns that are hand embroidered by the T’boli women represents a culture where images and abstraction tell the stories of life.”
So can you already visualize Valerie dancing something similar to what the video above is showing? Given that it is a dance of flirtation, there should be elements in the performance that would make it stand out and be short-listed for the finals night. Did you notice the strategic winking that is part of the routine? What do you think, dear readers? 😀