Two weeks before the much-anticipated coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2022, pageant fans filled the New Frontier Theater on July 16 for the visual spectacle that is the national costume fashion show.
Hosted by Miss Globe 2021 Maureen Montagne and Miss Intercontinental 2022 Cindy Obeñita, the trending event saw 40 candidates showcasing intricate costumes by their chosen designers.
Among the looks that made waves on social media include the costume of Graciella Sheine Lehmann designed by actor-host Paolo Ballesteros. The Oriental Mindoro native donned the mythical Tikbalang, a half-horse half-human creature, intertwined with silhouettes of the native Balete tree. According to Lehmann, it is "an ode to a beauty forgotten through time and misrepresented by legends."
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Another eye-catching national costume was that of Herlene Nicole Budol of Angono, Rizal. Created by Patrick Isorena and Ebok Sausa Pinpiño, her costume depicted the Higantes Festival. The giant's head was inspired by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, while the costume's orange hues and fringes referred to her famous moniker "hipon" or shrimp.
Gabrielle Camille Basiano of Borangan City Eastern Samar's Virgin Mary-inspired costume also made a loud impact. Designed by Ken Batino and Jevin Salaysay, it depicted the Padul-Ong Festival that pays homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The festival illustrates the myth of the mysterious "Lady in White" that frequently visits the Hamorawan Spring.
Meanwhile, Masbate City's Patricia Ann Tan paid homage to Masbate's Rodeo tradition by showcasing the cattle and livestock industry of the province. She wore a cowgirl-inspired couture with Filipiniana sleeves as a metaphor for the strength of Filipinas.
Aside from the national costume, the Binibinis also rocked the stage by modeling trendy items from pageant sponsors Shein, Jag Jeans, and Moist Diane.
To make the event more exciting, P-Pop groups ALAMAT and 4th Impact, singer Ana Ramsey, and rapper ACE$ also delivered energetic performances.
The Best in National Costume will be awarded at the Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night on July 31 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The finals will also determine the Philippine representatives for Miss International, Miss Grand International, Miss Intercontinental, and Miss Globe.