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Maxine Medina Mistakenly Says Imelda Marcos Invented The 'Terno'

Ternos were already around during the Spanish colonial period, FYI.

On Thursday, January 26, the country's Miss Universe bet Maxine Medina looked stunning during the preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

But a video played during the event showed her making a glaring mistake. The video featured snippets of the terno fashion show that Miss Universe candidates joined in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on January 15.

"Candidates modeled ternos, which Medina mistakenly identified as an invention of former first lady Imelda Marcos," noted GMA News Online.

Maxine was quoted as saying, "The terno was actually invented by our former first lady, Imelda Marcos. She invented these butterfly sleeves and they use it [to] cover their face."

Although the former First Lady is known for wearing ternos, it's a known fact that she didn't invent the ensemble.

In his CNN Philippines story discussing the terno, Don Jaucian had pointed out: "Even before the former First Lady Imelda Marcos made it a staple in her duties as the wife of the country’s chief executive, the terno had enjoyed quite an evolution from the Spanish colonial period up to the postwar era, during which period it developed under the auspicious hands of those who knew about the power of fashion."

The former First Lady was born in 1929, which is way past the Spanish colonial period. 

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