Miss Universe Catriona Gray gifts Filipinos with Luzviminda costume

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Catriona Gray dinated Luzviminda Costume
Catriona Gray’s Christmas Parol-inspired national costume showcased the culture of the 3 main island groups of the Philippines. Credits to Catriona Gray.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and her team officially donated the beauty queen’s national costume ensemble dubbed as “Luzviminda” to the Filipino nation through the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

The 26-year-old Miss Universe titleholder and her team informed the government agency on January 6, Catriona’s birthday, that they were officially donating and turning over the Luzviminda national costume to its custody.

The loan agreement with Catriona Gray’s team and the NHCP expired on December 31, 2019.

It was in December 2018, right after the Miss Universe national costume competition in Thailand, that the NHCP wrote to Catriona and expressed its interest to display the costume in line with the preparations for the upcoming celebration of the Philippine Quincentennial year in 2021.

Catriona Gray’s team prepares the Luzviminda national costume for donation to the NHCP. Screengrab from video of Team Catriona.

The Luzviminda ensemble has a bodysuit adorned with beads and sequins patterned after the ancient designs of tattoos of pre-Hispanic Filipino Visayan warriors, the Pintados. The costume, depicting the early culture of central Philippines long before the colonial period, matches the celebration of the 500th year of Lapu-Lapu’s victory in Mactan and of the Philippines as part of the first ever circumnavigation of the world.

The costume was displayed at the NHCP Building in Manila and in Cebu. It was also brought to Leyte.

This January, the costume ensemble is set to be displayed at the Museo del Legazpi in Albay, the hometown of Catriona’s mother. LuzViMinda will be at the National Museum of Anthropology in Manila this coming February.

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