Bb 13 Kris Janson announced best in national costume

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Her white gown with a semi-sheer skirt was created by Cary Santiago

PURE WHITE. Bb 13 Kris Janson said that the gown's color represented purity. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Here’s one mystery solved, leading up to coronation night: Binibini 13 Kris Tiffany Janson was announced as the best in national costume during the Bb Pilipinas 2014: The Road to the Crown special that aired on ABS-CBN on Sunday, March 23.

Kris earlier told Rappler that her gown, created by popular fashion designer Cary Santiago, was inspired by the sampaguita flower and represents purity.

Learn more about Kris here

The white gown was a modern take on the terno and other variations on the usual national costumes, as it also featured a semi-sheer long skirt and sleeves. Kris also carried a small white umbrella as a prop.

The semi-sheer element was actually one of a few trends spotted during the national costume competition. Bb 39, Ladylyn Riva’s outfit, by Cherry Samuya Veric, featured a removable skirt which revealed matching trousers underneath. Bb 31, Angelique Celine de Leon’s short dress by designer Jeffrey Rogador, featured words worked into the colorful fabric.

BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME. Kris may have won this recognitiion, but will she take home the crown? Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Modern iterations of the national costumes were also featured, seen in the outfits of candidates like Hannah Ruth Sison, who wore a creation by Vania Romoff, and Kimverlyn Suiza, whose Richie Bondoc gown featured leathery accents.

Click to see photos of each candidate from the national costume competition. 

The Bb Pilipinas top 40 candidates walked the runway in their glamorous best on March 6. Earlier that same evening, they also took a turn on the catwalk in JAG casual wear.

The pressure is mounting for the ladies as the March 30 coronation night draws closer. 

The initial presentation to the publicthe talent show, the swimwear press presentation, and the Parade of Beauties are just some of the key events leading up to the big night. 

Don’t forget to head over here to view profile pages of each individual Bb Pilipinas candidate on Rappler, where you’ll see trivia, their introductory videos, video clips from the talent show (for those who participated), and individual photo galleries from each candidates Bb Pilipinas journey. Plus, vote for who you think looks best in swimwear, had the best national costume, and is the most photogenic!

Pop star Emin and the reigning Miss Universe, Venezuela’s Maria Gabriela Isler, are also set to participate in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night. –

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