The Philippines’ bet, Roxanne “Roxie” Baeyens of Baguio City, showcased the Filipino ingenuity in her national costume at the Miss Earth 2020 Asia and Oceania group’s competition.
The Pinay beauty queen who made history for winning the first virtual pageant of Miss Philippines Earth wore an ensemble inspired from the Philippine literature, particularly the children’s tale “Si Malakas at si Maganda” for the Miss Earth Asia and Oceania national costume round on November 19, 2020.
In her social media, the Filipino-Belgian beauty queen explained the symbols in her national costume created by designer Jorick Lopez Limpag.
Baeyens said in her post:
“This costume was inspired by the legend of Malakas and Maganda, a folktale in the Philippines where humanity has started.
“The bamboo that was broke in half by the bird, a symbol of where we could fly again.
“As the Earth faces this pandemic, this costume proudly synthesizes the hardships of those who battled the pandemic with its headpiece that can be converted into a mask, made out of rubber curves and gemstones.
“A crown that is pictured like a sun, the rise of new beginning. The dress that resembles colors that of the Earth, a nature we see through its beauty, a picture of Malakas and Maganda’s originality. Cut out from beads that mirror the leaves and gemstones.
“Jewelries around the neck, hands and feet inspired by the roots of trees, to remind that we are rooted to the planet we call Earth.
“A pair of wings carved with rubber slices, capiz and stones, like we are ready to fly.
“Within this costume, it can be said that the sun will rise, we will try, and we will fly again, like a folktale we all know. We are all beautiful creatures who are strong.”
In 2019, Baeyens won the 1st Runner-Up title at the 2019 Miss Tourism and Culture Universe held in Yangon, Myanmar.
The country’s bet next aims to duplicate the feat of medical physicist-turned-beauty queen Karen Ibasco, the fourth Filipina to win the Miss Earth crown in 2017.
Catch the Miss Earth 2020 virtual pageant coronation on November 29 on TV5.
WATCH the video here and SEND cheers to Roxie Baeyens for showcasing Philippine legend in her national costume for Miss Earth 2020 pageant.
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