One of the most looked forward part of every pageantry is the National Costume segment, and this year is no different with Miss Universe Philippines as they bring their A-game strong and Festive enough to salivate the viewers with togs that are pieces of art and truly a sight to behold.
This year’s theme pays tribute to the Manila Carnival Queens through the candidates’ ensembles, and boy was it worth it as the ladies strut with the best costumes that you could ever see from this year’s most anticipated pageant accompanied by the tune of P-Pop group BGYO.
“We wanted to bring these [photographs] back to life and imagine how they would have looked today,” the Miss Universe Philippines organization explains on their Instagram page. “Our delegates’ costumes are all masterfully created for them by world-class Filipino designers. It showcases the Filipina beauty, heritage, and artistry interpreted in modern, traditional, and avant-garde ways.”
In no particular order, here are the top 10 National Costumes that we have seen from the Miss Universe Philippines 2021.
Maureen Wroblewitz, Pangasinan
Taking inspiration from the sea, Maureen Wroblewitz from Pangasinan wears a three-piece ensemble by Louis Pangilinan. Paying homage to the fisherfolk and salt harvesters in Pangasinan. Maureen wrote on her Instagram “the silver beads, crystals, and sequins were hand-embellished as a representation of the rich and fine salt beds of the Province where it was derived and owed—’panag asinan’—where salt is made.”
Beatrice Luigi Gomez, Cebu City
Inspired by the Bakunawa, the serpent-like dragon in Philippine mythology that was believed to devour moons. The terno pantsuit worn by one of Cebu City’s representatives was made by Axel Que.
Victoria Velasquez Vincent, Cavite
A structured gown made by Nat Manilag and her fellow Caviteño Christopher Munar, Victoria wears an ensemble with varying textures which exudes the duality and beauty found in her beloved province.
Janela Joy Cuaton, Albay
An overflowing print-on-print dress with a matching headpiece that took inspiration from native ethnic designs, is what Janela wore in the National Costume. Made by famed pageant courtier Jearson Demavivas, Janela made a dramatic reveal when she literally pulled a trick up her butterfly sleeves as she revealed twin fans.
Isabelle Delos Santos, Makati
Isabelle represents the Philippines’ national flower, Sampaguita in her pink national costume ensemble. It features a modern barong-style ensemble adorned with a huge feathered fan by Oz Go.
Katrina Dimaranan, Taguig
Paying homage to her Grandmother and Mom’s favorite color, Katrina wears an ombre, airbrushed, art deco gown by Val Taguba.
Sam Santamaria, Paranaque
Taking inspiration from her grandmother who used to reign as a Carnival Queen, Sam’s fringe frock is a simple yet mesmerizing number that features an asymmetrical hem, coupled with thousands of crystals all over the dress. The Silver gown was made by Rajo Laurel himself.
Steffi Aberasturi, Cebu City
Another contender from Cebu City Stefi wears a golden number paying homage to the traditional livelihood rattan weaving and her city’s craftsmanship. The intricately woven gown celebrates the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by “honoring the colors of one of the most well-known religious relics of the Philippines—The Señyor Sto Niño.”
Jasmine Umali, Manila
Designed by June Pugat, Jasmine’s National Costume is a handpainted gown in all shades of blue accentuated with religious iconography and gold plating.
Christelle Abello, Aklan
Crafted by Ryan Lopez, her dress was made of pina fabric sourced straight from Aklan. The floral appliques and multi-colored tassels around the frock represented the vibrant culture of her home province.
You can watch Miss Universe Philippines 2021’s National Costume segment below:
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