Miss Universe PH wearing their national costumes

Being not only a global beauty pageant but also a celebration of inclusion, individuality, and cultural diversity, the Miss Universe competition has truly evolved through the years.

And one of the most awaited parades in the competition is the showcase of each candidate’s national costumes that were very impressive and incredibly mesmerizing.

Of course, our Filipina bets never let our country be left behind in this showdown as they have always lit up the stage with their own versions of our country’s varied ethnic wardrobes that left the world spellbound. From Gloria Diaz – the first-ever Miss Universe from the Philippines – to this year’s representative Rabiya Mateo, who’s already been astounding us with her performances in the preliminary competitions – the audiences couldn’t contain their awe and excitement as they witness them exhibit their national pride.

In this gallery, we could see how some of the memorable Filipina beauty queens presented the wonder of the Philippines either in an exquisite Filipiniana gown or in an avant-garde costume during their respective stints.

Aside from the elegance, poise, wit, charm, wisdom, and determination they exuded, the three other titlists Margie Moran-Floirendo, Pia Wurtzbach, and Catriona Gray also stunned us with their chosen attires, especially for the national costume portion.

Pia wore a white capiz terno gown designed by Albert Andrada, paired with a studded headpiece and a stylish fan. Meanwhile, Catriona stayed true to her promise of bringing the whole nation with her to the contest by incorporating the culture and trademarks of various ethnic tribes and provinces across the archipelago.

The Miss Universe Philippines bets who competed in the previous years sashayed in their elegant terno gowns of various style, design, and color, such as Maria Venus Raj (2010), Shamcey Supsup (2011), Janine Tugonon (2012), Ariella Arida (2013), and Mary Jean Lastimosa (2014).

On the other hand, Charlene Gonzalez (1994), Miriam Quiambao (1999), Maxine Medina (2016), Rachel Peters (2017), and Gazini Ganados (2019) all exerted extra effort in their costumes as they opted to veer away from the usual Filipiniana frocks. And the hardwork, cleverness, and teamwork poured by Gazini’s team onto her shimmering silver Philippine eagle-inspired outfit, which was creatively crafted by designer Cary Santiago, indeed paid off as she brought home the national costume award during that time.

And in the national costume competition that was held on early Friday, May 14 (PST), Rabiya indeed enthralled us when she stepped out of the stage donning the Philippine flag-inspired outfit designed by late Dubai-based Filipino designer Rocky Gathercole. The ensemble was comprised of enormous angel-like wings at the back, glittery applique bodice, and mismatched high-heeled sandals, adorned with three yellow stars placed on her top and wings.

Are we going to clinch the national costume award anew this year? Well, that’s for us to find out so you better not miss the 69th Miss Universe competition this coming Monday, May 17 which will be also simultaneously broadcast on A2Z Channel 11. Ariba, Rabiya!

National Costumes of PH delegates at the Miss Universe pageant  

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IN PHOTOS: National Costumes of PH delegates at the Miss Universe pageant

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

IN PHOTOS: National Costumes of PH delegates at the Miss Universe pageant

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Charlene Gonzales’ National Costume  

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Charlene Gonzales’ Miss Universe National Costume (1994)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missosology.org

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Charlene Gonzales’ Miss Universe National Costume (1994)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missosology.org

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Miriam Quiambao’s National Costume  

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Miriam Quiambao’s Miss Universe National Costume (1999)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missosology.info

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Miriam Quiambao’s Miss Universe National Costume (1999)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missosology.info

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Maria Venus Raj’s National Costume  

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Maria Venus Raj’s Miss Universe National Costume (2010)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: pinoypageantcentral.blogspot.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Maria Venus Raj’s Miss Universe National Costume (2010)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: pinoypageantcentral.blogspot.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Shamcey Supsup’s National Costume  

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Shamcey Supsup’s Miss Universe National Costume (2011)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: pinoypageantcentral.blogspot.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Shamcey Supsup’s Miss Universe National Costume (2011)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: pinoypageantcentral.blogspot.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Janine Marie Tugonon’s National Costume  

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Janine Marie Tugonon’s Miss Universe National Costume (2012)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Janine Marie Tugonon’s Miss Universe National Costume (2012)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Ariella Arida’s National Costume  

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Ariella Arida’s Miss Universe National Costume (2013)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Ariella Arida’s Miss Universe National Costume (2013)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Mary Jean Lastimosa’s National Costume  

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Mary Jean Lastimosa’s Miss Universe National Costume (2014)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Mary Jean Lastimosa’s Miss Universe National Costume (2014)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit to: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s National Costume  

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Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe National Costume (2015)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe National Costume (2015)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Maxine Medina’s National Costume  

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Maxine Medina’s Miss Universe National Costume (2016)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: maxine_medina IG

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Maxine Medina’s Miss Universe National Costume (2016)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: maxine_medina IG

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Rachel Peters’s National Costume  

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Rachel Peters’s Miss Universe National Costume (2017)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Rachel Peters’s Miss Universe National Costume (2017)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: missuniverse.com

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Catriona Gray’s National Costume  

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Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe National Costume (2018)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: ©IMG Universe LCC

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe National Costume (2018)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Photo credit: ©IMG Universe LCC

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Gazini Ganados’s National Costume  

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Gazini Ganados’s Miss Universe National Costume (2019)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Gazini Ganados’s Miss Universe National Costume (2019)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Rabiya Mateo’s National Costume  

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Rabiya Mateo’s Miss Universe National Costume (2020)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

Rabiya Mateo’s Miss Universe National Costume (2020)

As Rabiya Mateo wowed us with her Philippine flag-inspired costume, let’s us take a look back on the outfits our past representatives sashayed in the national costume competition of the Miss Universe through the years!

Mary Ann Bardinas May 14, 2021 07:33 PM

IN PHOTOS: National Costumes of PH delegates at the Miss Universe pageant
Charlene Gonzales’ Miss Universe National Costume (1994)
Miriam Quiambao’s Miss Universe National Costume (1999)
Maria Venus Raj’s Miss Universe National Costume (2010)
Shamcey Supsup’s Miss Universe National Costume (2011)
Janine Marie Tugonon’s Miss Universe National Costume (2012)
Ariella Arida’s Miss Universe National Costume (2013)
Mary Jean Lastimosa’s Miss Universe National Costume (2014)
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe National Costume (2015)
Maxine Medina’s Miss Universe National Costume (2016)
Rachel Peters’s Miss Universe National Costume (2017)
Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe National Costume (2018)
Gazini Ganados’s Miss Universe National Costume (2019)
Rabiya Mateo’s Miss Universe National Costume (2020)