It’s Miss Universe season again, and of course, we pageant fanatics are on the lookout for who’s gonna be crowned as the next most beautiful woman in the universe. From Pia Wurtzbach’s crowning moment three years ago, Filipino fans have been itching for another win and are in all-out support for our candidate this year, Catriona Gray.
As the pageant draws near, everyone is excited to see what Catriona has prepared for all pre-pageant events- and she’s not one to disappoint. From day one, she has shown Filipino pride by wearing wardrobe pieces from local designers- including a denim jacket from Solenn Heussaff’s clothing line, LAHI , and a dress made from fabric woven from South Cotabato.
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National Thai Day at @missuniverse ✨ Just finished my media interviews with @entertainmenttonight Thailand and PPTV Channel. Wearing one of my favourite pieces in my MU wardrobe by @jearsond made with modern T'nalak fabric from the Land of the Dreamweavers, South Cotabato. 😍🇵🇭 Styled by @justine.aliman19 in @uberfinds earrings, @callihandbags clutch and @louboutinworld heels (thanks @hairbybrentsales) 💛
But what really sparked the conversation online is Catriona’s national costume- an ensemble that she describes as the perfect depiction of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The piece was designed by Jearson Demavivas, the same designer who made her national costume for Binibining Pilipinas.
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LOOK: The back details of the Giant Lantern of Miss Universe Philippines, CATRIONA GRAY (@catriona_gray) for the National Costume show of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant held at the Nong Nooch Pattaya International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Pattaya, Thailand. The lantern's border was made from Floridablanca, Pampanga and the border's design inspired by the Baroque churches which was declared as a national heritage of UNESCO and the mural-painting was made by the artists from the University of Santo Tomas and it shows the history and nationalism of the people of the Philippines where it was inspired from the works of the Philippines' national artist, Carlos Botong Francisco. The Baybayin in the border was literally translates the Philippines' National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang. #CatrionaGray #MissUniversePhilippines2018 #MissUniversePhilippines #BbPilipinas2018 #BinibiningPilipinas #MissUniverse2018 #MissUniverse #MissUniverso #MissPhilippines #MissFilipinas #RoadToMissUniverse #TheQrownPhilippines
The costume features a catsuit that is painted with tribal prints akin to tattoos from the Pintados of Visayas, colorful beaded accessories inspired by the different ethnic and indigenous groups from Mindanao, and a giant lantern painting to represent Luzon. The back of the lantern piece is painted with scenes depicting the history of the Philippines, with a border of the baybayin translation of the national anthem.
The costume drew a lot of attention from fans and critics alike, some even commenting on how the giant lantern piece might have been too heavy for Catriona. Others praised her for representing all the different Filipino cultures, while some thought that there was too much going on with the costume.
Catriona shared with ABS-CBN that she really wanted to depict every aspect of the Philippines, and that the collaboration with different designers and artists for the costume also included consultations with historians.