LOOK: Maxine Medina’s Miss Universe national costume


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(UPDATED) The headdress and earrings of Maxine Medina's costume cost more than P1M, according to designer Rhett Eala

MISS PHILIPPINES. Maxine Medina shows off her shining national costume at the Miss Universe pageant. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina shone at the pageant’s preliminary rounds on Thursday, January 26, and impressed fans with her glimmering national costume after.

On Instagram the following day, Maxine posted a photo of herself at the presentation, saying: “I felt like a royalty when I walked in my national costume last night. The inspiration behind this creation include the colorful Muslim vinta, the corals, and the South Sea pearls of Mindanao.”


Maxine’s costume was by Rhett Eala, who told ABS-CBN that its headdress and earrings cost more than P1 million, because of its South Sea pearls from Jewelmer.

Finishing touches @jewelmer #philippines #missuniverse #4m4mu #maxinemedina

A video posted by Rhett Eala (@rhetteala) on

Rhett also designed Maxine’s evening gown for the pageant.

The Miss Universe National Costume Presentation, which is filmed after the swimsuit and evening gown competitions, has no bearing on the candidates’ scores in the pageant. – Rappler.com

More on the Miss Universe preliminary rounds on Rappler here!

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