On July 16, 2022, Saturday, Binibining Pilipinas just held what many pageant fans will consider their favorite part of the competition: The showcase of national costumes.
The pageant delighted fans with the super creative and out-of-the-box designs that the candidates proudly modeled that evening. We totally didn't see some of them coming!
Here are just a few of the dazzling creations:
Graciella Sheine Lehmann of Oriental Mindoro's Tikbalang costume:
Inspired by the half-horse, half-human creature from Philippine folklore, Graciella's tikbalang costume was actually designed by actor-host Paolo Ballesteros. Based on the candidate's IG post, the horse head and butterfly sleeves feature the intertwined branches of the balete tree. The body, meanwhile, was adorned with lace, white pearls, and rhinestones.
Stacey Daniella Gabriel of Cainta Rizal's magtataho costume:
Stacey's costume, designed by Erjohn Dela Serna, features the accessories inspired by the beloved "taho warrior", such as the Good Morning towel, "barya sa tenga", " sago-embellished gladiator heels", and "perang papel sa daliri". So innovative!
Herlene Budol of Angono Rizal's Higantes costume
Herlene's garment, designed by Patrick Isorena, features the iconic Higantes of Angono, Rizal, the likeness of which was fashioned after Catriona Gray's Miss Universe 2018 national costume. Herlene's body suit, meanwhile, was studded with orange and gold crystals to represent her moniker, "Hipon Girl".
Rose Mcewen of Pampanga's Traje de Floridablanca costume:
Rose's Traje de Floridablanca costume, designed by Kayvan Salazar, features manually handcrafted sandok and kaldero known as pinukpuk. Crystals, silver applique, hand-embroidered beads on fabric, and tulle adorn the ensemble, while Rose's headpiece was personally made by the town's laborers.
Gabrielle Camille Basiano of Eastern Samar's Viva La Virgen costume:
Gabrielle's costume—which looks like a grotto image placed upon a pedestal—takes inspiration from the Virgin Mary. Designed by Ken Batino and Jevin Salaysay, the creation is an homage to the Padul-Ong Festival, celebrated every September 8 in Eastern Samar.
We can't wait for the grand coronation night on July 31!
Watch the Bb. Pilipinas 2022 national costume fashion show here:
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