Filipino designers take spotlight in Miss Universe 2018 preliminaries

Alexa Villano

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Filipino designers take spotlight in Miss Universe 2018 preliminaries
Here are all the world-class designs

MANILA, Philippines – Designer Mak Tumang’s Ibong Adarna-inspired gown wasn’t the only masterpiece by a Filipino designer that graced the catwalk during the Miss Universe Philippines 2018 preliminary competition on December 13 in Thailand. (IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray at the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary competition

ON FIRE. Catriona Gray in Mak Tumang ' Ibong Adarna' inspired gown.

Check out which candidates wore Filipino creations that night:


Miss Belize Jenelli Fraser wore a gown by Joey Galon.

Jenelli Fraser, Miss Belize 2018 competes on stage in her evening gown.



Designer Rian Fernandez’s creation looked splendid on Cambodia’s delegate Rern Nat.

Rern Nat, Miss Cambodia 2018



The world-renowed Michael Cinco, who has done gowns for many celebrities including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, dressed up Canada’s Marta Magdalena Stepien.

Marta Magdalena Stepien, Miss Canada



Check out Virginia Limongi in Mark Bumgarner’s creation. Bumgarner also dressed up Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann last year.

Virginia Limongi, Miss Ecuador 2018



Designer Paolo Blanco was behind Miss Guam Athena Su McNinch’s beautiful yellow fringed gown for the preliminary round.

Athena Su McNinch, Miss Guam 2018



In a sea of sparkles and fringe, Yuumi Kato looked feminine and sleek in a Joel Escober creation.

Yuumi Kato, Miss Japan 2018



Jian Lasala took on the task of dressing up Kenya’s Wabaiya Kariuki.

Wabaiya Kariuki, Miss Kenya 2018 competes on stage in her evening



Check out Malta’s Francesca Mifsud in a creation by Ivanka Hipolito.

Francesca Mifsud, Miss Malta 2018



Kirsten Regalado designed the red gown worn by Varsha Ragoobarsing.

Varsha Ragoobarsing, Miss Mauritius 2018



Bea Bianca Mackey created a stunning gown for Nepal’s Manita Devkota.

Manita Devkota, Miss Nepal 2018


New Zealand

Sidney Eculla dressed up Estelle Curd in one of his beautiful red creations.

Estelle Curd, Miss New Zealand 2018



Benj Leguiab IV dressed up Nicaragua’s Adriana Paniagua. Leguiab was also the one who dressed up Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova, who came on-stage to promote her book I am Winning.

Adriana Paniagua, Miss Nicaragua 2018


Which Filipino design is your favorite?  –

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.