LOOK: Catriona Gray's waling-waling inspired gown by Mak Tumang for Binibining Pilipinas 2019
MANILA, Philippines — Mak Tumang, who has created reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray's winning gowns, posted the photos of his creations that Catriona wore as she bid farewell when she passed on her Miss Universe Philippines 2018 crown on Sunday, June 9.
In an Instagram post, Mak said that the gown was inspired by the rare Philippine orchid, the waling-waling. For Mak, the orchid, known as the "Queen of Philippine Flowers," is a perfect symbol for Catriona.
"This representation fits perfectly to what our Miss Universe Catriona Gray is. She is absolutely a queen of beauty and substance," he said.
"This flower, like Catriona, continues to be on treetops and aspires for greater heights. The Queen of the Filipinos' hearts bids farewell to her reign here. Yet, she will incessantly reach and touch the bright sun, making her justly symbolic of the Filipino’s unceasing hope and tenacity."
Here are more photos of Catriona in the gown at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night:
Mak has designed several of Catriona's outfits since she joined Miss World 2016. The gowns and parade outfits she wore have since made the rounds in SM malls for the public to view. —Rappler.com