Filipino designers take spotlight in Miss Universe 2018 preliminaries

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.



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.



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



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



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



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



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



Kirsten Regalado designed the red gown worn by Varsha Ragoobarsing.



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


New Zealand

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



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.


Which Filipino design is your favorite?  –