Kapampangan inmates helped make this Binibining Pilipinas candidate’s national costume

Alexa Villano
Kapampangan inmates helped make this Binibining Pilipinas candidate’s national costume
Emma Tiglao's costume 'Fe Esperanza Caridad' by Richie Sabinian is made with the help of the inmates from the Angeles City Jail

MANILA, Philippines – The national costumes photos of the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates were unveiled last week, and as expected, it made a big impact among pageant fans.

While each costume had a story to tell, Pampanga’s Emma Tiglao had something extra – it was made with the help of inmates at the Angeles City Jail. Photos released by the BJMP Angeles District Jail show Emma and fashion deisgner Richie Sabinian’s visit to the inmates who worked on the costume called “Fe Esperanza Caridad” or Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Photo by Raymond Saldana/Bb Pilipinas

One of the fabrics used by Richie was hand woven by the inmates.

LABOR OF LOVE. Emma Tiglao and designer Richie Sabinian recently visited the inmates of Angeles City Jail for the materials for the national costume they were creating. Photos courtesy of the BJMP Angeles District Jail


In an interview with Rappler on the sidelines the Bb Pilipinas media day on Thursday, May 9, Emma spoke about the work that went behind her costume.

“Actually I want in this Binibini journey to be full of Kapampangan people. And I chose Tito Richie Sabinian to make my national costume, and he said let’s bring in the inmates. We call them PDL– persons deprived of liberty. Because if we call them prisoners or inmates, it sounds something else. They’re also humans,” Emma said in a mix of English and Filipino.

“So we we went there and we saw how they weave the fabric cause some of them are basket weavers. They just use fabric instead to make the national costume.”

Emma and the other candidates cotumes will be showcased during a fashion show on May 29 at the New Frontier Theater at the Araneta Center. – Rappler.com

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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.