By Evo Joel Contrivida

 It was a night of national pride, a showcase of heritage and culture through wonderful creations of costumes fit for a Queen. It was the turn of Filipino designers to dress this year’s batch of candidates for the Binibining Pilipinas search.

The Magic 6

Last night, 40 Binibini  candidates showed regal and prowess  at the Kia Theater for  the annual Bb. Pilipinas Fashion show. The girls sashayed in their casual wear by Jag, and the much awaited National Costume competition.  From the ranks of Rajo Laurel, Edwin Uy, Frederick Peralta and the bunch of upcoming Filipino designers, they were given the chance to show their nationalistic creations with much pride and glory.

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Most costumes presented were inspired by the region’s heritage, sceneries, and own unique design by tribal communities in the country. Many of which gave meaning to each colors signifying the new Filipina of today, and its contributions to the world, rather the universe of beauty.

Six, instead of five were selected by chosen panel of judges, mostly board members of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc, It will be the official finalists for this year’s Best In National Costume wherein the grand winner will be determined thru online voting. The Best in National Costume will be announced come coronation night.


12966011_10154019661387605_811297197_nThe six finalists in this category were chosen in random orders, and they were Candidate #14  (Paula Rich Bartolome wearing the creation of Joel Acebuche, a white terno costume with bamboo print on its train), next is Candidate #38 (Angelica Alita for designer Bessie Besana, that featured modern Maria Clara inspired creation).

Next called was Candidate  #19 (Maria Lina Prongoso also made it with the creation of Polly Lagyap, a Filipiniana cut inspired from the long tradition of Santa Cruzan or popularly known as Flores De Mayo).  Then came Candidate #27 (Dindi Joy Pajares , wearing the creation Chery Veric, a Manobo inspired attire that featured an indigenous musical instrument from the same tribe).

Followed by Candidate #3 (Angela Lauren Fernando for Frederick Peralta, the costume is inspired from Carnival Queens of 1920’s). And lastly, Candidate # 32 (Jennyline Carla Malpaya wearing the costume by Jonti Martinez, another crowd favorite for it featured another Filipiniana terno light orange touch with cape at the back).

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Online voting starts April 10 at BPCI official website.

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