Mindanao student’s Michael Cinco couture-inspired homemade ball gown trends on social media

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Designer Maverick Francisco Oyao with sister Lu Asey Oyao wearing the homemade designer gown. Photos from Maverick Francisco Oyao’s Facebook.

Western Mindanao State University student Maverick Francisco Oyao designed a Michael Cinco couture-inspired ball gown for his younger sister, Lu Asey Oyao, and the photos of his homemade creation were adored by netizens who made him trending on social media.

The Culture and Arts Education student posted photos of his hand-crafted blue and white gown made for his tenth-grade sister’s Junior and Senior Prom.

Oyao shared that he had multiple sources for learning to make the gown, including YouTube tutorials and Michael Cinco’s Spring and Summer collection 2020.

Michael Cinco, a world-renowned Filipino designer residing in Dubai, is also known as one of the most esteemed designers of celebrity clients such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga.

Maverick Oyao, calling himself a “loving kuya”, said his decision for hand-crafting the Michael Cinco-inspired ball gown was because of his family’s budget limitations which did not allow them to rent a gown that would evidently cost them a fortune.

“Day by day, habang sinisimulan ko siyang gawin, na-eexcite ako makita outcome niya and I did not imagine the amazing outcome. (Day by day, as I started making the gown, I got excited with how it will turn out. I did not imagine the amazing outcome),” shared Oyao.

Maverick’s Facebook post became viral on social media on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, and continues to garner view now reaching over 72,000 shares and 86,000 reactions as of today.

Netizens’ applauded Oyao’s efforts for his sister and the amazing handcrafted and homemade ball gown.

Heidi Bulanad on Facebook commented, “A+++ for kuya’s effort” while Jo Ducha Marigmen acknowledged his excellent deed with, “galing 👏🏻👏🏻❤️”

Shiela Mae Cristobal sent out a wish for the same kind of brotherly love, “Sanaol may kuya ❤”

Maverick was happy and shed tears of joy when he saw his sister overjoyed with the gown. He added in another caption, “A day na di ko makakalimutan. I even cried with joy kasi nga paid of yung sleepless nights at pagod ni kuya nang makita ko ang saya saya ng kapatid ko at ang ganda ng outcome ket di gaano ka mahalan ang mga materiales na ginamit ko. (A day I will never forget. I even cried with joy because the sleepless nights and exhaustion paid off when I saw how happy my sister was and the outcome was great even if I did not use expensive materials for the gown).”

Maverick spent only three-thousand pesos for the handmade ball gown.

At the end of his post, he thanked everyone who helped him with the creation of the gown.

“To those who helped us financially para matapos lang on time salamat po talaga ng marame. Lam niyo na kung sino kayo…(To those who helped us financially just to finish this on time thank you so much. You know who you are).”

Young fashion designers from the Philippines have also received netizens’ love, among them, Ciara Velasco Gan and her viral hand-painted Graduation Ball Dress and Joshua Asuncion who creates endangered species-inspired gowns.

Michael Cinco designs were also worn or incorporated by the likes of The Jonas Brothers’ Nick Jonas in the music video for the band’s single “Sucker”, Leona Lewis who wore the lace gown during the premiere of the movie “The Nutcracker and Four Realms”, and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere who was dressed in what Michael Cinco described as“scarlet red ombre couture gown in full Swarovski crystals” as she handed over the title to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa during Miss Universe 2017 coronation night in Las Vegas.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Maverick Oyao for his excellent deed and skills that created an amazing ball gown!

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Gicel Livelo
Gicel Livelo is an individualistic person whose passion is to inform, encourage, motivate, and comfort others through the art of writing and photography. She believes in the importance of loving oneself and others as well as hospitality for the betterment of humanity.