Tuesdays With Edwin: Philippines’ Victory in the 2015 World of Pageantry!
By Edwin Uy
I think the world has started to recognize how beautiful and talented the Filipinos are and how rich and beautiful our culture is.
Before the year ends, it is time to acknowledge the success of our country in the world of pageantry for the year 2015. We have won almost all male and female beauty pageants in the international arena. Among the top 4 beauty pageants (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth), two major titles were won by our candidates. Angelia Ong won the Miss Earth title and Pia Wurtzbach got the Miss Universe crown. Angelia won a back to back victory as last year’s Miss Earth was also from the Philippines, Jamie Herrel. Pia’s victory in the Miss Universe pageant broke the 43 years of silence and drought in this beauty contest as our last Miss Universe was Margie Moran who won in 1973.
Other international pageants that Philippines have won in the female division were Miss Globe 2015 (Anne Colis), Miss Scuba International 2015 (Cindy Madduma), Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st runner-up (Christi Lynn McGarry), Miss Grand International 3rd runner-up (Parul Shah), Miss International 2015 top 10 (Janicel Lubina), Miss World 2015 top 10 (Hillarie Parungao) and Miss Supranational top 20 (Rogelie Catacutan).
In the male division, almost all of our international delegates were either runners-up or made it to the top 10 in their respective pageant. In one of the most prestigious male pageants, Mister International, Philippine candidate Mr. Reniel Villareal made it to the top 10. Even in the most prestigious gay beauty pageant in the world, Miss International Queen, our representative Trixie Maristela also won the title this year.
And what made this year different compared to the previous years? It is the participation of Filipino designers in all these international pageants, unlike the past years wherein many of these international delegates wore gowns made by foreign designers especially in the pageants tied-up with the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated. Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta, owner of BPCI was true to her words that she would let Filipino designers dress up their international delegates in their respective pageants. I believe that this decision of letting our local designers dress up our candidates somehow helped them achieve victory in their respective pageants. It only shows how good and talented our local designers are which the world ought to recognize.
In the Miss Universe pageant, the gown and national costume (terno) worn by Pia Wurtzbach was created by Albert Andrada. In Miss International 2015, Janicel Lubina wore a Leo Almodal creation both in her long gown and national costume (terno). Janicel won the best dresser award (almost equivalent to Best in evening gown award). Leo Almodal also made the gown of Miss Japan in the Miss Grand International which won the best in evening gown award.
In Miss Earth 2015, Angelia Ong’s national costume (white terno with umbrella) was made by Chico Estiva. In the Miss Globe 2015 pageant, Anne Colis wore a creation of John Cliff for her national costume (white terno with hand painted Ibong Adarna bird). In Miss Supranational 2015, Rogelie Catacutan wore a beige terno accented with pearls by Philip Tampus for her national costume. Christi Lynn Mcgarry wore a red terno by Mark Bessie Besana for her national costume. In the Miss Scuba International pageant, Cindy Madumma wore my gold Maranao inspired creation for her national costume and bagged the Best National Costume Award. Parul Shah also wore a gold Muslim Mindanao creation of mine and also bagged the Best National Costume award. Another candidate Leida Paulett Almira won a creation of Richard Barreto and won the best national costume award in the Miss All Nations 2015 pageant.
In the male pageantry, our representative to Mister International, Reniel Villareal wore my “Ibong Adarna” inspired creation and also bagged the Best National Costume Award.
The success of our candidates, both by winning the title or the national costume, is something we can be proud of as Filipinos. I believe that all the national costumes worn by our candidates for international competitions this year are beautiful. Both the ternos and the ethnic ones. I just noticed that the ones that won were the ethnic or Muslim inspired creations, either in gold or in hues of colors. In my opinion, we need to explore more on the richness of our culture as we have so many festivals where we can conceptualize designs in making more fabulous costume to represent our country. With the trend of winning national costumes worldwide, the costumes aren’t usually the national dresses they usually wear in their native lands. They are somehow designs conceptualized on something that represent their native lands. But this is just my observation and opinion. Anyway, the fact remains that the success of our country in the pageant world deserves ultimate recognition. Congrats to all of us for the success of our country, especially to our local designers and our candidates. 2015 is indeed one of the most memorable year in the year of pageantry for the Philippines.