Emmanuelle Vera wowed the crowd in a silver avant-garde Filipiñiana ensemble during the national costume presentation for the Reina Hispanoamericana 2021 pageant.
In an Instagram post on Monday, October 25, the Philippine representative said that the piece represents the “hardworking Filipino fishermen who strive to thrive and succeed amid the increasingly tumultuous times.”
“This opulent ensemble celebrates the strength and perseverance of the Filipino to overcome the difficulties they face, and represents hope for better times,” she captioned the post, alongside videos of her wearing the ensemble.
Designed by Louie Pangilinan, the ensemble was first worn by Maureen Wroblewitz for the Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) pageant in September. Similarly, Wroblewitz stated in a Facebook post that the costume represented the hardworking fishermen of Pangasinan, the province she represented in the pageant.
According to Pangilinan’s post for the MUP pageant, the piece was inspired by the fish bangus and was hand-embellished with silver beads, crystals, and sequins.
“The elaborated [sic] ensemble was executed in an all-silver avant-garde modern Filipiñiana style that includes scale-like headdress, fish fin-structured train, and silver tassel that exhibits seven rivers of Dagupan City,” he wrote.
Pageant vlogger Norman Trinio explained in his vlog that Vera wearing another candidate’s attire is “understandable” given the short period of preparations. “Our bet had barely two weeks of preparation for the pageant in Bolivia. Creating a new [national costume] from scratch would require a lot longer time than what can be possibly allowed,” he said.
Vera was named Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021 during the Miss World Philippines pageant night on October 3. She then flew to Bolivia for the international pageant on October 16.
“With only a few preparation days and an incredible team behind me, I’m thrilled to say that I’m finally equipped to take on this challenge,” she wrote in an Instagram post before leaving the Philippines.
The pageant's coronation night is set on October 30 (October 31 in the Philippines).
She is vying for the country’s second Reina Hispanoamericana crown after Teresita Marquez in 2017. – Rappler.com