Standout Costume Gowns: Contestants in the 2016 Binibing Pilipinas Beauty Pageant
The 2016 Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant is in full gear this month with the Final Crowning Night approaching on April 17th. The pageant--whose winner becomes Miss Universe Philippines is especially important this year since last year's winner, Pia Wurtzbach became Miss Universe, albeit unceremoniously, in front of the entire world. Forty contestants are competing this year for the coveted title and last night, competed in the National Costume Competition. Six finalists were chosen and on April 17th we will find out the Best Costume winner during the final crowning night.
Costumed Beauties: Contestants in the Binibing Pilipinas 2016 Beauty Pageant
Photo courtesy of Rappler.com
There were LOTS of stunning designs on display. As a fashion designer--and beauty pageant fan--I BOW down to all the designers for their work. The fit on almost all of the creations was on-point and even from just the photographs, these costumes looked well-made with gorgeous fabrications. Kudos to all the Binibining designers.
In lots of international beauty pageants that I cover here on my blog, there are always some tacky-licious cheap $199-looking polyester gowns but no such thing here! These looked like $25,000 Couture gowns, many of which could double as Evening Gowns and not supposed "costumes". So...without further ado, I want to give you my Top Ten Faves, as well as my Could-Have-Been-Better and yes, one or two "Cray-Cray". And, as always, I'd love to hear what you guys think!
I'll start with my Top Ten Faves (in no particular order--and with my scores; 10 being perfect):
All Photos Courtesy of Binibing Pilipinas Facebook
Bb #13 Joanna Eden in Obet Urajay: I really liked this entire look, from head to toe! This was a beautifully-fitting terno and I liked the lovely sequined scroll-like sleeve applique that matched the headdress. This was both pretty and very well-done!
Bb #15 Kristine Angeli Estoque in John Cliff: I just LOVE this costume! This is exactly what I think of when I think of a fabulous "Miss Universe" costume. I love the bright colors, the silhouette and the inclusion of the terno/butterfly sleeves. Oh, and yes, then there is that headdress! One word: FANTASTIC! Definitely one of my Top Favorites.
Bb #19 Maria Lina Prongoso in Polly Lagyap & Mayor Madel Gazmen: This was truly one of the most beautiful ternos in the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas National Costume Competition. The sapphire stone details, the crosses, the fan accessory and the elegant silhouette of this silk organza gown...well, it all added up to near-perfection! Seriously, those sleeves deserve a "Best Sleeve" trophy. ASAP!
Bb #22 Apriel Smith in Danny Booc: Fun, festive, well-made, perfect fit....it all adds up to one of my faves. I love the hand-painted depiction of the Catholic priests converting the indigenous people of the Philippine islands and the great mixture of both Filipino tradition and Catholic Virgin motifs. Also, this look is closer to appearing more like an actual costume worn in an international beauty pageant as opposed an evening gown.
Bb #32 Jennyline Carla Malpaya in Jonti Martinez: Jennyline looked exquisite in this coral colored gown. This isn't necessarily a costume and could easily be mistaken for a very expensive and fabulous evening gown (I sure hope the designer charges A LOT for this, because it looks like a $5,000+ gown!). I really loved this and sure hope whoever wins the contest (or one of the Runners-up) chooses to wear this, as their evening gown in an international beauty competition.
Bb #38 Angelica Alita in Bessie Besana: This is a sublimely--and delicately--beautiful gown. I can see a First Lady of The Philippines wearing this--if not a President! Although it may not be as impacting as some of the other designs, I appreciate the stunning silk shantung fabric, gorgeous fit, all the technical pattern making skill required to do all those gown panels....and those silk organza sleeves!
Score: 9. 65
Score: 9. 65
Honorable Mentions:Bb #14 Paula Rich Bartolome in Joel Acebuche: Gorgeous gown. Great fit. Love the hand-painted bamboo. I just wish she didn't wear those nude stacked platform heels with this. I know you can barely see them but when you do, it's like "Oh No!". But, ignoring those pumps, it's a beautiful gown.
Bb #26 Jennifer Hammond in Jonti Martinez: Jennifer looks like a Virgin Terno Couture Princess in this costume. I love the multicolored caviar-beaded sequin fabric and the fan headdress is beautiful.
Bb #33 Leonalyn Dela Cruz in Daniel Manila: I have to give MAJOR points to Leonalyn for THAT DIVA look of hers! That photo on the right (above) is the look I hope to throw to someone, whenever I feel they are giving me SHADE! Just for that look alone--oh, and yes, it's an interesting gown...I give her...
Could Have Been Better (in no particular order):
Bb #5 Riana Agatha Pangindian in Pablo Mendez: I get the whole sea shell inspiration. I think the gown is well made and the fabrication looks expensive, but...I think it's all those cluttered "shells" that make the gown/national costume look like someone went up in there with not-so-sharp scissors and begun cutting it up.
Bb #8 Karen Ibasco in Rian Fernandez: Oh huney! As they say in the South (of the U.S.A.): Bless Your Heart. This is reminiscent of a quinciniera mess. It's just Too-Mucheey. Carol Burnett and Bob Mackie would be impressed, and not for good reasons.
Bb #10 Jeslyn Santos in Gabriel Luis Gonzales: Jeslyn wore this red gown that was just two seconds away from being very Tacky-licious. The sequin applique looked tacky and semi-cheap and the overuse of it did not help. And then, what is that necklace doing there? Really??? She felt she needed more??? Ay Dios Mio.
Bb #20 Geisha Camille De Leon in John Manudo: This s not a bad design. But...there is something about the overall effect that looks stressed and not harmonious. I think if the designer would have continued that blue and white beaded detail into the bottom half of the gown, it might have worked. But I think the layered organza took it to "Top of a Wedding Cake" territory, perhaps.
Bb #23 Angela Valdes in Marshee Navarro: Poor thang. This pink "national costume" design just looked too Disney-on-a-Budget. It just isn't sophisticated, elegant or remotely chic. And in terms of a national costume, it doesn't have any impact, unfortunately. It is a shame because Angela is so doll-beautiful.
Bb #24 Niza Limjap in Pia Gladys Perey: Not one of my favorites in the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas National Costume Competition. I just want to know who she did wrong...to get stuck with this: A crop top and princess seamed fit-and-flare skirt??? This is Pattern-making 101. And something someone's grandma can sew, like in three hours! Score: 6.25
Finally, let's discuss the Cray-Cray Good or Cray-Cray Ooops--What do you guys think?Bb #2 Alexandra Faith Garcia in Denise Crisostomo: I kinda loved this--just for the sheer "Go On Girl" aspect. But when I showed it to my partner, David Paul, he was like "WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING???". Yes, she has a peacock that is literally SITTING on her head.
So...what do you guys think? Cray-cray Fab or Ooops?
Bb #17 Priscilla Dela Cruz in Rocky Gathercole: Feathered Goddess or Feathered Mess? I am still not sure. What do you guys think?
**Stay tuned to my BLOG here for my EVENING GOWN RECAP following the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas Final Night after April 17th!