Philippines Best National Costume Awards at the Miss Universe Pageant

The Philippines had won its second “Best in National Costume” in 25 years. This was after  host Steve Harvey announced the winner of the award while a photo of Gazini in national costume was flashed on screen during the live broadcast during the Miss Universe 2019 pageant held in Atlanta last December 8, 2019 and December 9, 2019 lcoal time in Manila.

Ms Grazini Granados of the Philippines

Mr. Steve Harvey  said, “Let me explain something to you. I just read that in the teleprompter. Ya’ll got to quit doing this to me. I can read. … Now, they are trying to fix it now. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015 – played me short like that. That’s crazy.”

It was Malaysia with who was shown in the live broadcast. This created some confusion, since it was also posted at the twitter account of the Miss Universe organization.

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Miss Malaysia Universe 2019 costume

This was later clarified after the pageant when netizens from Malaysia, Philippines complained.

Best In National Costume

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Miss Charlene Gonzales in her national costume

In 1994 Charlene Gonzales won the country’s first award, This was inspired by three tribal groups Bagobo, Manobo and T’boli which was created by Mr. Pitoy Moreno.

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Atty. Zorayda Ruth Andam

This was followed in 2001, 2nd place finished by Ms. Zorayda Ruth Andam ( Maria Clara outfit, inspired by Noli Me Tangere) and top 5 finish by Gionna Cabrera ( inspired by Hispanic Filipina floral costume) both created by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza.

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Ms. Gionna Cabrera

The national costume was inspired by the Philippine eagle , the national bird of the country was created by Cary Santiago, who also did the evening gowns of Gazini for Binibining Pilipinas 2019 and the Miss Universe competition.

Note: Photos courtesy of Miss Universe organization and Miss Universe Malaysia 2019

Presentation and Stamp Unveiling Ceremony of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray at Novotel

Commemorative stamps and first day covers of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray were issued and presented  by Philippine Postal Corporation executives around mid-morning of February 24, 2019 at Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

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l-r Mr. Maximo Santa Maria ( Business Line Manager ) Ms. Catriona Gray ( Miss Universe 2018 ) Mr.Norman Fulgencio, chairman of the board of PHLPost and Mr. Luis Carlos (APMG for Marketing) photo courtesy of Pilipinas Philately

Mr. Normal Fulgencio ( chairman of the board of PHLPOST) said during the launching  that the Catriona Gray stamps is a way of recognizing her after winning the Miss Universe title.

Commemorative Stamps

One of the stamps shows her first official photo as the new queen of the universe with face value of Php 12 by 40 pieces per sheet while the Php 55 souvenir sheet shows the first walk after the announcement.

The stamps were designed by Mr. Rodine Teodoro and PHLPOST philatelic section employees featuring the iconic lava gown design by Mr. Mark Tumang wearing Miss Universe Mikimoto crown.

Aside from the official photos provided by Miss Universe organization, The logo of the organization is also prominently featured on both stamps and first day covers.

Ms. Catriona Gray recounted that she would also collect stamps from different countries and send letters to her friends.

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Ms. Catriona Gray with her own special stamps and first day cover ( photo courtesy of Pilipinas Philately)

The ceremonial autograph signing and presentation was held at the Novotel just hours before her victory parade held within Araneta Center.

Statement

This momentous occasion is an opportunity for us to recognize her in raising the Philippine flag, and championing Filipino pride in the global stage,” Fulgencio said.

“Indeed you have made us proud. Your victory is a testament to the faith and resiliency of the Filipinos,” he added.

Public Selling

Along with the two stamps, There were first day covers which will be release to the general public by February 27, 2019 ( Wednesday ). These special stamps and fdc can be purchase  at the Manila Central Post office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila.

 

 

 

 

Throngs of Crowd Celebrates the Homecoming of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Throngs of crowd from all walks of life had went to the victory and homecoming parade of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.

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performers and majorettes waiting for the arrival of Ms. Catriona Gray

Some of the participants are from far flung places and provinces. One of the well wishers came all the way from Laguna province just to be able to make it to the parade.

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Miss Universe 2018 float with PNP officers

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Binibining Pilipinas flag with majorettes

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Ms. Aira Legazpi proudly waives a Philippine flag and wears a mikimoto crown replica

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There were a lot of students from nearby schools, universities and colleges, who went and lined the parade route. Some of them have endured long hours and skipped their classes just to join the celebration.

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throngs of crowd at the amazing theater ground, CCP complex , Pasay City

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fans, well wishers and media

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fans wear red t-shirts with homemade placards

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students and employees from Arellano University, Pasay

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fans, employees, students and hotel staffs near Sofitel Hotel

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PLDT Home fibr truck along Roxas boulevard

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Catriona Gray waiving to her well wishers and fans

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray modern Filipiñiana costume with embroidered  sampaguita and anahaw palm leaves with stylized pañuelo (large handkerchief)  and butterfly  sleeves was designed by Mr. Mak Tumang’s atelier. The float had large mikimoto crown was designed by Mr. Fritz Silorio, who also did the float of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

A smaller float will be created for the Araneta Center homecoming parade this coming Saturday February 24, 2019.

 

Miss Universe Catriona Gray stamps to be issued by PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation will be issuing Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray special stamps which coincide her arrival and grand homecoming parade later this week.

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The stamps and first day cover will be issued this coming February 27, 2019.  This was posted at Pilipinas Philately FB page few days ago.

 

Filipino Fashion Designers Shine at 2018 Miss Universe pageant

Filipino fashion designers shine at 2018 Miss Universe pageant were they showcase their beautiful evening gown.

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Belize- Joey Galon

Cambodia – Rian Fernandez
Canada – Michael Cinco
Ecuador – Mark Bumgarner
Guam – Paolo Blanco
Japan – Joel Escober

Kenya – Jian Lasala
Nepal – Bea Bianca Mackey
New Zealand – Sidney Eculla
Nicaragua – Benj Leguiab IV

Malta-Ivanka Hipolito
Mauritius – Kirsten Regalado
Philippines – Mak Tumang
Natalie Glebova – Benj Leguiab

Kirsten Regalado also help with the national costume design of Miss Iceland.

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The well-known design Mak Tumang revealed that he made seven sketches, four prototypes and three gowns with the help of 16 artisans for Catriona’s evening gown.

The gowns, he said, took 2,712 hours of “fastidious process” to create, using over a million pesos worth of materials.

Note: Photo credits: Miss Universe.org