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Binibining Pilipinas 2019: The unforgettable gowns



While the interview portion at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Coliseum was underwhelming, the evening gown segment was outstanding. A month has passed since the biggest pageant in the land but we can’t get enough of the glamour served that night.

Here, the fashion designers of the top Binibinis share the inspirations and creative process behind their unforgettable gowns:

Rau Uson-Ablaza for Binibining Cebu Samantha Ashley Lo, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019:

“Samantha’s ensemble inspiration is Hollywood Glam. It’s a tromp l’oeil gown in silk gazaar. I really wanted Samantha Lo to look soft and yet very fashion-forward, not the typical pageant gown that we used to see. A baby pink tone-on-tone, fully beaded gown with crisscross embellishments in front really made Sam look soft than a detailed black tone-on-tone treatment added fierceness as she glided the onstage.”

Chico Estiva for Binibining Laguna Leren Mae Bautista, Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2019:

“She made it so effortless. Crystal-clear liquid takes an evening gown form in my creation, taking inspiration from water, from her province’s name which translates into ‘lagoon’ and her hometown’s name, Los Baños, which means ‘the baths’ in English. The custom embroidered shape adorned with thousands of Aurora Borealis and Swarovski crystals in gradated sizes clinging to delicate mesh creates the illusion of the bodice almost being secondary skin.
Cascading on the skirt are hundreds of thousands of cut beads painstakingly assembled into individual fringes before being attached into a base, carefully positioning the colors of silver,celeste,cerulean and turquoise into an ombrè-effect cascade that seamlessly mimic rivulets of trickling water whenever she sashays down the Binibini stage. Overall the gown fuses symbolism of one of our most prized natural resources and the personification of grace and otherwordly elegance by the wearer.”

Pablo Galicia Mendez III for Binibining Bataan Bea Patricia Magtanong, Binibining Pilipinas International 2019:

“The design is a collaboration with Patch. It’s a silk gazaar gown in vermillion orange and fully embellished with Swarovski crystals in an ombré pattern. She loves roses so we used that as an inspiration. The focal point is on the chest — a manipulated fabric creating a cabbage rose detail which aims to highlight her beautiful face. A fitted bodice and a trumpet bottom is the silhouette to emphasize her hourglass figure and a high slit to accentuate her nice set of long legs.”

Cary Santiago for Binibining Talisay, Cebu Gazini Christiana Ganados, Miss Universe Philippines 2019:

“I’m not good with pageant gowns. I just wanted a simple timeless gown in silk gazaar for Gazini, with a little wow factor for people to immediately recognize that I was the one who made it. I’m into muted tones, which are the colors of couture. But for a pageant, the color of Gazini’s gown should be bold for her to stand out because I don’t do beadings.”

Mark Bumgarner for Binibining Sorsogon Maria Isabela Galeria, Top 15:

“(Isabela) showed so much grace under pressure, confidence and potential. Also interesting to share — this custom (silk gazaar) dress was made in three days by my production team who are mostly from Sorsogon.”

Renee Magtibay Salud for Binibining Pasig Maria Andrea Verdadero Abesamis, First Runner-Up 2019:

Aya’s one-shouldered embellished gown is the first dress that the legendary Salud ever made since Aya’s cousin Maria Rafaela Verdadero Yunon won as Binibining Pilipinas World in 2003. The flowing chiffon cape is a tribute to her mom, Maria Desiree Verdadero, whose performance in her similarly flowing gown, also a Salud, helped her place as third runner-up at Miss Universe 1984.

Jearson Demavivas for Binibining Maguindanao Resham Ramirez Saeed, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2019:

“It’s a silver sweetheart neckline in serpentine-cut gown with one-sided high slit and crusted with silver crystals.”

Paolo Blanco for Binibining Palawan Samantha Mae Bernardo, Second Runner-Up 2019:

“The Sinagtala- inspired evening gown in soft tulle best describes our Binibining Palawan, Samantha Bernardo, for being courageous, determined and empowered. This gown full of Swarovksi crystals is designed with a golden linear pattern that proudly showcases Samantha’s vibrant personality and a beauty that shines from within.”

Francis Libiran for Binibining Zamboanga April May Short, Top 15:

“April’s custom-made evening gown required a very tedious preparation. It’s made of laser-cut mirrors in gold hues, intricately embellished to the gown to accentuate her sultry silhouette.”

Ray Bien Maglonzo for Binibining Pampanga Emma Mary Tiglao, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019:

“The gown was a collaboration with Emma. It was inspired by an empowered Filipina like her. The flower symbolizes femininity and red symbolizes power. As we all know, it’s her comeback to Binibini — that’s why we chose red because she came back to finish her unfinished business which is to have a crown. The gown was made of embroidery tulle and laser-cut flowers that were beaded to make them flat and hand-stitched individually, with a see-through illusion on top and naked illusion at the back to highlight her sexy figure and Swarovki crystals for sparkles. I’m thankful to my dear Emma for trusting me and for making my dream come true by putting my name on a big stage.”

PHOTOS FROM BPCI, @bbpilipinasofficial and IG/@markbumgarner.