follow us on

FIRST LOOK: The Sampaguita-Inspired Terno Catriona Gray Will Be Wearing To The Homecoming Parade

The queen is back home!

Get ready to raise your flag, because Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray finally landed in Philippine shores. To celebrate the grand homecoming, a parade will be held at 2PM today. Catch the Mikimoto crown-inspired float pass through Pasay, Roxas Boulevard, Kalaw, Taft, and Ayala Avenue later this afternoon!

 

 

 

 

Dressing up the beauty queen for today's festivities is Mak Tumang, and we all can't wait to see what he has prepared for her. Luckily, the Kapampangan designer, who was also responsibe for Catriona's iconic Ibong Adarna dress and Mayon Volcano gown, just gave us a sneak peek to Catriona's patriotic OOTD.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SAMPAGUITA: A Promise Fulfilled The Sampaguita; also known as Philippine Jasmine, is the national flower of our beautiful country – the Philippines. Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words "sumpa kita" which mean 'I promise you.' This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial. Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home’. You know you are home when its distinct sweet and aromatic fragrance tickles your olfactory sense. Moreover, the flowers are usually slung and made into leis which are used to welcome dignitaries or are being peddled in front of churches so as to become offerings. Ergo, it is but fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw – our national leaf. Catriona will wear this Philippine Terno which is a “Callado” (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves. Welcome home Catriona! Thank you for the fulfilled promise of making the Filipino people proud! Mabuhay!

A post shared by Mak Tumang (@maktumang) on

 

According to the couturier, Catriona will be donning "The Sampaguita: A Promise Fulfilled", a terno and a dress inspired by the Philippine national flower. Aside from the sampaguita embellishments, the two unique creations are also adorned by the anahaw, the country's national leaf. The Mak Tumang captioned his post on Instagram:

The Sampaguita; also known as Philippine Jasmine, is the national flower of our beautiful country – the Philippines. Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words "sumpa kita" which mean 'I promise you.' This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial. Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home’. You know you are home when its distinct sweet and aromatic fragrance tickles your olfactory sense. Moreover, the flowers are usually slung and made into leis which are used to welcome dignitaries or are being peddled in front of churches so as to become offerings. Ergo, it is but fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw – our national leaf. Catriona will wear this Philippine Terno which is a “Callado” (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves. Welcome home Catriona! Thank you for the fulfilled promise of making the Filipino people proud! Mabuhay!

 

Photo: @maktumang

Photo: @maktumang

 

As always, Mak Tumang never fails to wow us with his proudly local designs—Catriona Gray will look gorgeous in these pieces, for sure! Don't forget to refresh this page as we wait for the beauty queen's official homecoming photos. In the meantime, let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit designer Mak Tumang's glasshouse-inspired atelier in Mexico, Pampanga

 


Lead photos via @maktumang