The Philippines’s bet, Michelle Dee, on Monday teased photos of the national costume she will be wearing at the Miss World pageant in London.
The Miss World Philippines candidate shared on social media on December 9 the photos of herself dressed as “The Philippine Sun Princess”, a golden Filipiniana terno made of fine soft tulle.
World-renowned Filipino designer Francis Libiran, known for his Art Deco embroidery, crafted the GMA Network Kapuso actress’ national costume inspired by the Filipino culture and its symbols.
“What a time to be Pinoy!” the Miss World Philippines candidate wrote on her post. “As you all know I’ve been wearing an all-Filipino wardrobe since i got to London but it’s time to showcase my national costume for @missworld to all of you!
“When i first saw this I couldn’t believe my eyes. @francislibiran8 really outdid himself and i’m EXTREMELY PROUD to be a Libiran baby!! Btw belated Happy Birthday! The Philippines is proud to have you as one of our own.”
Visayan tattoo or “Batek” of the ancient Pintados warriors were reportedly the inspiration of the costume’s custom embroidery patterns. Tattoo means bravery and triumph for early Filipinos.
The design on the collar is said to be inspired by the sun in the Philippine national flag which symbolizes the Filipino courage, optimism, and positivity.
Michelle, who advocates for people with autism, aims to bring back home the blue crown to the Philippines on December 14.
Dee, the daughter of Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez and the cousin of Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Wynwin Marquez, aims to be the second Filipina to win the Miss World crown after Megan Young won hers in 2013.
WATCH the video of Michelle Dee showcasing the creation of Francis Libiran here and SEND her well wishes as she views for the Miss World crown!
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