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Despite A Wardrobe Malfunction, Catriona Gray Represented Luzon, Visayas, And Mindanao Through A Stunning National Costume!

The countdown to the most-awaited pageant of the year begins!

Metro.Style cover girl Catriona Gray is now in Bangkok, Thailand representing the Philippines for the annual Miss Universe pageant. The veteran beauty queen has been nailing the competition so far, serving us gorgeous, covet-worthy looks we all want to cop. The best part? She's been wearing proudly Filipino-made outfits to pay homage to the local fashion industry!

One look that's been getting a lot of attention is the parol-inspired ensemble she wore to the National Costume segment—photos of the 24-year-old beauty queen quickly went viral! Unknown to many, however, Catriona experienced a wardrobe malfunction during the costume segment. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LUZVIMINDA: "Magdiwang. Lumaban. Pagyamanin." ????? LUZON-- MAGDIWANG" (Celebrate): The island group of LUZON is represented by the world-renowned "PAROL/CHRISTMAS LANTERN" from the province of Pampanga with a BRASS BORDER designed and made in Apalit, Pampanga (inspired by designs from the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites) At the back of the PAROL is a PAINTING with INSCRIPTION of the lyrics from "LUPANG HINIRANG", the Philippines’ National Anthem written in Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Alphabet) that literally translates to: "Lupang hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw." The PAINTING also highlighted victories, festivals, events, heroes and national icons with a style inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a native of the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal in Luzon. VISAYAS--LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. MINDANAO-- “PAGYAMANIN" (Enrich): The island group of MINDANAO is represented by an authentic "HEADPIECE & BRASS ACCESSORIES" from the province of South Cotabato and customized KNEE-HIGH BOOTS with embroidered designs inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the southern part of the Philippines, namely: Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug and T'nalak. The woven textiles express a strong belief in "ancestral and natural spirits" and "cultural roots" of indigenous communities that remain well-preserved up to this day. Pilipinas, para sa iyo ang lahat ng ito. ???? @missuniverse ?? @benjaminaskinas

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"My parol was meant to light up but for some reason—I don't know why—before the show, I was trying to turn it on, and it wouldn't turn on," the Philippines' bet said during an Instagram Live. "I tried to turn it on again, and it did turn on twice in a row, so then I left it. And then just before I went up onstage, I tried to turn it on again and again and it wasn't working." 

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Catriona was able to gracefully carry her look, delivering an unforgettable style moment—just like a true queen!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We are PROUD to represent the island of PHILIPPINES ????? Ang sarap maging Pinoy?? @catriona_gray Miss Universe Philippines National Costume 2018???? LUZVIMINDA: "Magdiwang. Lumaban. Pagyamanin." LUZON-- MAGDIWANG" (Celebrate): The island group of LUZON is represented by the world-renowned "PAROL/CHRISTMAS LANTERN" from the province of Pampanga with a BRASS BORDER designed and made in Apalit, Pampanga (inspired by designs from the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites) At the back of the PAROL is a PAINTING with INSCRIPTION of the lyrics from "LUPANG HINIRANG", the Philippines’ National Anthem written in Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Alphabet) that literally translates to: "Lupang hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw." The PAINTING also highlighted victories, festivals, events, heroes and national icons with a style inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a native of the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal in Luzon. VISAYAS-- LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. MINDANAO-- “PAGYAMANIN" (Enrich): The island group of MINDANAO is represented by an authentic "HEADPIECE & BRASS ACCESSORIES" from the province of South Cotabato and customized KNEE-HIGH BOOTS with embroidered designs inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the southern part of the Philippines, namely: Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug and T'nalak. The woven textiles express a strong belief in "ancestral and natural spirits" and "cultural roots" of indigenous communities

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VISAYAS "LUMABAN" PINTADOS WARRIOR Miss Universe Philippines National Costume???? LUZON-- VISAYAS-- LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. Vision artist : @carlosbuendiajr Stylist : @justine.aliman19

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Everything you need to know about Catriona Gray's national costume

The Miss Universe Philippines' statement costume was the brainchild of the renowned Jearson Demavivas. According to the designer's Instagram post, Catriona's costume was inspired by the three island groups of the Philippines. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Luzon was represented by the parol, a uniquely Filipino Christmas lantern. It was framed by a brass border made in Apalit, Pampanga, which was inspired by the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites. Inscribed on the back of the parol are lyrics from "Lupang Hinirang" (the national anthem) written in Baybayin (the pre-Hispanic Filipino Alphabet). The paintings at the back were inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, who was born in Angono, Rizal, the Art Capital of the country, and featured Pinoy elements like historical victories, events, heroes, and national icons.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Visayas was showcased through a body suit featuring "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals. These derived from patterns used by the pintados, indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. These patterns were based on the "Boxer Codex"—a manuscript written in 1590 containing illustrations of Philippine ethnic groups before the Spaniards conquered the islands. According to the designer, these tattoos represent an individual's journey and act as public testimonies to recount acts of combat, bravery, and strength. "[These] perfectly represent the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age," Jearson quipped.

 

 

Finally, Mindanao was represented by an authentic headpiece and brass accessories created in South Cotabato. Catriona also donned embroidered knee-high boots inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the south—Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug, and T'nalak. 
 

This beautiful, well-crafted costume is truly something we Filipinos can take pride in. Good luck on the competition, Catriona!

Watch Catriona's walk here:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Miss Universe Philippines ???? #MissUniverse #MissUniverse2018 #Nationalcostume #Tpageant

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