Top 5  2015 Miss Philippines candidates for Best National Costume (Photo courtesy of
Top five 2015 Miss Philippines candidates for Best National Costume (Photo courtesy of

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Unlike in the last Miss Universe Beauty Pageant held in Florida, there were no wedding cakes at the national costume presentation of the 2015 Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) candidates held last week.

During the Miss Universe Pageant in January, Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa received flak for wearing a wedding cake-inspired national costume designed by a Colombian fashion designer.  Some critics believed that the gown cost Lastimosa the crown.

Binibining Pilipinas Charities head Stella Marquez-Araneta, who is originally from Colombia, later told reporters that she chose a Colombian designer because Filipino designers “were not good enough.”

Well, did the Pinoy designers prove her wrong.

Miss Philippines' National Costume
MJ Lastimosa’s national costume at January’s Miss Universe Pageant

There were no wedding cakes, just impressive and elegant designs by Filipino artists — ranging from the terno to Muslim princess gowns to indigenous Filipino regional attires.  Araneta’s face turned bloody red in shame and embarrassment during the national costume competition. “She ate her own words,” one fashion designer commented.

The Adobo Chronicles also learned that the organizers of the Miss Colombia Beauty Pageant are considering contracting with Filipino design artists to design the gowns for Colombia’s representatives to Miss Universe and other major international beauty pageants.

How the world turns.




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