MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe fever is on as candidates prepare to head to Bangkok, Thailand for the competition scheduled on December 17 (December 16 US time).
One of the most anticipated segments every year is the national costume. While a handful of candidates have already showed of their respective costumes, Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray has opted to keep it a secret – she’ll debut it at the competition itself. (IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2018 national costumes)
Through the years, the country’s representatives have often kept the national costume very traditional, picking either a Maria Clara or terno. Maricar Balagtas (2004) and Janine Tugonon (2012) were among those who decided take a different route. (A look back at memorable national costumes of Bb Pilipinas candidates)
From 2000-2014, many of the costumes were designed by Colombian fashion designer Alfredo Barraza. But after Mary Jean Lastimosa’s national costume in 2014 received criticism online, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities (Inc) opened doors again to Filipino designers, starting with Pia Wurtzbach, whose capiz terno by Albert Andrada got rave reviews.
Following Pia, representatives such as Maxine Medina and Rachel Peters took inspiration from different elements and concepts in Philippines culture – there’s the vinta by Rhett Eala (2016) and the Sarimanok (2017) by Val Taguba.
Here’s a quick look back at some of the national costumes of the Philippines that have been presented so far on the Miss Universe stage from 1999 to 2017:
Miriam Quiambao, Miss Universe 1999 1st runner-up
Nina Ricci Alagao, 2000
Zorayda Andam, 2001
Karen Agustin, 2002
Carla Gay Balingit, 2003
Maricar Balagtas, 2004
Gionna Cabrera, 2005
Lia Andrea Ramos, 2006
Anna Theresa Licaros, 2007
Jennifer Barrientos, 2008
Bianca Manalo, 2009
Venus Raj, Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up
Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up
Janine Tugonon, Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up
Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up
Mary Jean Lastimosa, 2014
Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015
Maxine Medina, 2016
Rachel Peters, 2017
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