LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – Pia Wurtzbach will walk the Miss Universe stage in Las Vegas next month wearing a national costume created by a Filipino designer, the Philippines’ candidate to the international pageant said.
The decision came after previous Miss Universe contender MJ Lastimosa’s national costume, which was designed by Colombian Alfredo Barraza, drew flak from pageant enthusiasts and netizens earlier this year. Some even likened it to a cake. Lastimosa failed to make it to the top 5 of the Miss Universe pageant, the first time since 2009 that the Philippines did not make it to the final five.
While Wurtzbach refused to name the Filipino designer for her national costume and evening gown, The Adobo Chronicles, invoking freedom of information (FOI), was able to secure the designer’s sketches.
For her national costume, Wurtzbach will be wearing a military-inspired attire similar to that worn in the movie ‘Heneral Luna,’ the Philippines’ official submission to next year’s Oscar Award for best foreign language film. “It is both historical and eye-catching,” the designer said, “and it truly represents an important aspect of Philippine history.”
For evening gown, Miss Philippines will be wearing a blue, red and silver traditional maria clara, inspired by designs worn by Filipino women during the Philippine revolution.
Will these costumes be Wurtzbach’s ticket to the Miss Universe crown? We shall find out on December 20!
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – After last year’s much-maligned national costume for Miss Philippines-Universe MJ Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas Charities is not taking any chances this time around.
Lastimosa’s national costume during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant held in Doral, Florida was likened to a giant meringue wedding cake. It was designed by Colombian Alfredo Barraza.
When reigning Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach takes to the stage for the next Miss Universe pageant, there will be no wedding cake and no Colombian designer — just an ethnically and multiculturally-inspired gown by one of the Philippines’ top fashion designers.
The design, unveiled today at the offices of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, combines the elegance of a body-hugging beige gown with traditional butterfly terno sleeves, elements of the Singkil princess via a crown-like headdress, the intricate embroidery of the barong tagalog and the skillful weave of the banig (straw mat). And yes, there are still some remnants of the flowers that adorned Lastimosa’s gown.
All in all, the elite fashionistas are calling the design a melting pot of Philippine culture, which will put Wurtzbach in strong competition with some of the best national costumes at the Miss Universe pageant.
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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Previously, we reported that owner Donald Trump disqualified Miss Japan and Miss Philippinesfrom this year’s Miss Universe Pageant because both are biracial and do not represent the true diversity ideals of the international contest.
That left the Philippines with no entry to the popular pageant. The reigning Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, is half Filipino and half German.
Today, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, the local franchise holder of the Miss Universe Pageant, announced that it will be sending a replacement candidate to represent the Philippines.
She is Carla Marie Madrigal from Misamis Oriental province who earlier this month was crowned Queen Philippines Universe 2015 at a stunning transgender pageant held in Cebu City. Madrigal wowed the judges and audience with her natural, inidigenous beauty, her poise and personality and her national costume.
Filipinos have rallied behind Madrigal in the hopes of seeing their third Miss Universe. The other Filipinas who have held the title were Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973.
Trump has approved the new Philippine entry to the pageant.
In 2012, Trump also approved the participation of a transgender contestant in the Miss Universe Canada Pageant, Jenna Talackova, who unfortunately fell short of the national title.
Watch : Full video of Queen Philippines costume segment.