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!