Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's my first time to blog since January! Wow! I know that I've been neglecting this little space of mine in the Internet and it's not for the lack of trying. I've been meaning to post stuff about our new life, our wedding, and exciting things at work. I really really hope that I will have time to write more in the next weeks. 

I'm back to blogging to post about my yearly National Costume favorites in Binibining Pilipinas. I wasn't able to focus too much on this year's nationals because I lost interest after Kim Ross Delos Santos' disqualification weeks ago. Kim is one of the early frontrunners and it was really a letdown that she was not allowed to join because of some "racy" photos that were leaked. She might try in Miss World perhaps?

The National Costume Show this year coincided again with the JAG Fashion Show last Wednesday, April 6. Forty (40) binibinis showcased the creations of Filipino designers and their interpretations of the Philippine National Costume. We had a very good batch this year. I saw a lot of creative pieces that are truly world-class. 

Here are my favorites:

Binibini #37 Jehza Mae Huelar in Patrick Isonera & Xioti Chiu
Binibini #37 Jehza Mae Huelar in Patrick Isonera & Xioti Chiu
I love the uniqueness and the bold color of this gown that took inspiration from the Iranun tribe in Mindanao. This is a breath of fresh air from the ternos and Maria Claras that are often featured.

Binibini #36 Maria Gigante in Philipp Tampus
Binibini #36 Maria Gigante in Philipp Tampus
I like the simple nude silhouette and the tiara in Maria. She truly radiates on this Filipiana. She became one of my top bets upon seeing this. It was surprising that this was not chosen in the Top 6.

#3 Angela Fernando | Frederck Peralta
Binibini #3 Angela Fernando in Frederick Peralta
I like the modern take on this classic terno. The headdress is also a plus.

# 17 Priscilla De Leon | Rocky Gathercole
Binibini #17 Priscilla De Leon by Rocky Gathercole
Bold, outlandish, outstanding, and unconventional!
This should have been in the Top 6 as well.

#11 Nicole Cordoves | Mark Tumang
Binibini #11 Nicole Cordoves by Mark Tumang
I was not too sold on this at first but I saw another angle of this terno that showed Nicole's
silhouette and form. It was really nice and it fit her very well.I also like the play of blue and
white colors on the dress.

#32 Jennyline Carla Malpaya in Jonti Martinez-2
 Binibini #32 Jennyline Carla Malpaya in Jonti Martinez
Dainty, feminine, and unique. This can double as an Evening Gown. I am not just too sure
about the sleeves - still on the fence about it.

Binibining Pilipinas also chose the Top 6 in National Costume. There will be a voting before the finals to decide who will win.

Top 6 National Costume
Top 6 National Costume
Binibini #38 Angelica Alita in Bessie Besana
Binibini #3 Angela Fernando in Frederck Peralta
Binibini #32 Jennyline Carla Malpaya in Jonti Martinez
Binibini #27 Dindi Joy Pajares in Cherry Veric
Binibini #19 Maria Lina Prongoso in Polly Lagyap
Binibini #14 Paula Rich Bartolome in Joel Acebuche

Lina Prongoso and Paula Rich Bartolome's ternos are in my runners-up list. I am just confused at Lina's gown since I can't see it clearly in photos. Paula's hand painted gown is also nice but it reminds me too much of Grace Poe who's alway in plain white dresses these days. The top plum for the National Costume this year will probably go to either Jennyline Malpaya or Maria Lina Prongoso; but I am hoping that Angela Fernando will nab it. I got it right last year with Wynwyn's gown.

Photo Credits: Binibining Pilipinas

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  1. #17 is so #brazillian..not an original filipino costume..

    #27 is the best!!! Very ethnic, tribal!

  2. Hello!

    I thought #17 is ati-atihan inspired? Haha!


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