Among the much-awaited segments of the Binibining Pilipinas competitions is their costume parade, where beauty queens get to show off their creative and dazzling outfits inspired by their hometowns and provinces.
This year, the organization launched the Binibining Pilipinas National Costume Exhibit at the Farmers Plaza in Araneta City, where viewers get to admire seven-feet tall installations of the national costumes the 40 candidates will showcase in the grand coronation.
The exhibit, which will be open until July 15, features the photographs taken by Owen Reyes and Raymond Saldaña. It shows the candidates posing at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Quezon City, wearing their national costumes.
Here are some of the costumes you can admire at the exhibit:
Krizzia Lynn Moreno (Camarines Sur)
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Krizzia Lynn Moreno of Camarines Sur is channeling the revered and divine image of the Patroness of Bicol, the Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
In her Instagram account, Moreno posted the costume designed by Khandie Segovia along with a Spanish prayer, which translates to: "Let the anthem of love sound vibrant, That sings your people with pleasant emotion, Patron Saint of Bicol, Great Mother of God, Always be the Queen of our Region."
Gabrielle Basiano (Borongan, Eastern Samar)
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If you're impressed with Moreno's religious costume, then Borongan City's Gabrielle Basiano takes it up a notch by portraying the Virgin Mary herself. In a unique and almost surreal take, Basiano's outfit has her encased in a portrait as she gracefully poses like Mama Mary.
Designer Ken Batino posted his work on TikTok, and he accompanied it with a hilarious sound of actress Toni Gonzaga's iconic line "Kamukha niya si Mama Mary" from the 2014 film Starting Over Again.
Herlene Budol (Angono, Rizal)
The former Wowowin host first gave a glimpse of her look for the costume segment when she posted a sketch of her outfit, designed by Patrick Isorena, on Instagram. Seeing what seems to be two large shrimps at the back, her followers assumed that the beauty queen will be representing the sea creature.
Instead of shrmp, however, it was revealed that her costume will embody the Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal. The festival is one of the biggest ones in the municipality. It is celebrated to express gratitude to its patron Saint Clement, with a parade of huge papier-mâché giants.
Karen Laurrie Mendoza (Iloilo City)
Iloilo City's Karen Laurrie Mendoza is showing the Filipino spirit of unity through her bayanihan and binukot costume designed by Paul Jerome Blas Pinuela.
According to Pinuela, binukot pertains to the tradition of the families belonging to Panay Bukidnon, an indigenous community in the Visayas. The tradition has parents choosing the most beautiful person among their children and keeping her hidden from the public from the day of her birth until she becomes a young woman. Called the "Binukot Princess," these women are taught skills such as embroidery, dancing, and chanting.
Pinuela also highlighted the Panay Bukidnon's spirit of bayanihan, which is observed in their way of living where men farm rice fields while women do traditional embroidery.
Patricia Go (Quezon City)
Quezon City candidate Patricia Go has undergone a stunning and magical metamorphosis with her costume rooted in the Philippine giant butterfly, the Mariposa, found in the dense rainforests of the country.
Its designer, Ehrran Montoya, said that the costume is inspired by the La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City and is constructed with a "fully beaded structured piece with a continous cascade and various textures that exudes colors of its metamorphosis."
Stacey Daniella Gabriel (Cainta, Rizal)
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Hailing from Cainta, Rizal, Stacey Daniella Gabriel's costume pays homage to one of the hardworking and underappreciated workers in the Philippines—the taho vendor.
Put together by Erjohn Dela Serna, the costume is complete with a good morning towel headpiece, umbrella hat, Barong Tagalog blouse, Ifugao-woven shorts, and of course, the vendor's signature taho buckets.
Yllana Marie Aduana
Yllana Marie Aduana of Laguna, through her costume, transformed into the mythical being Maria Makiling, a well-known fairy from Filipino folklore who is said to reside at Mount Makiling while guarding its natural resources.
The designer, Jomar Peralta, gave the public a look of the costume through a behind-the-scenes video posted on his Facebook account. The costume is accompanied by large figures of Philippine deer.
The grand coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas will happen on July 31.
On Tuesday, July 5, the pageant held a press presentation at the grand ballroom of Novotel Manila where the candidates strutted down the runway in their blue one-piece swimsuits by Justine Aliman and shoes by Jojo Bragais.
The event was hosted by Miss Intercontinental 2021 Cinderella Faye Obenita, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2021 Samantha Panlilio, and Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold.