|Six of forty Cultural Costumes of Binibining Pilipinas 2016.|
Last Wednesday inside Kia Theatre in Araneta Center, the 40 beautiful candidates of Binibining Pilipinas walked down the runway wearing some fabulous creations of traditional gowns and ethnic costumes designed by the country's top designers. It was indeed a spectacle of beauty, talent and culture combined as the aspiring beauty queens give tribute to the nation's rich cultural heritage.
As accustomed, I have picked my top ten favorite ensembles worn by these lovely beauties:
Maxine Medina (29) - She personifies the old adage that says, simplicity is beauty. The simple Filipiniana gown brings out Maxine's sophisticated beauty. She's elegance personified here.
Sheena Dalo (18) - Another classical terno accentuated with black embroidery. Sheena looks divine as she sashayed down the ramps wearing this century-old inspired number.
Angelica Alita (38) - The Maria Clara inspired gown of Angelica designed by Bessie Besana really suits her well. The color is electrifying with its detailed embroidery. While walking the runway with this design, Angelica exudes a classic and exquisite aura likened to those elite Filipina aristocrat of the old days.
Paula Rich Bartolome (14) - White is purity and Paula certainly knows how to bring out the rich elements of this costume. She looks delicate here yet enticing and exudes an aura of serenity.
Kimberle Penchon (4) - If my memory serves me right, the attire dominantly reflects those that are worn by the Igorot tribes in the Mountain Province of the Cordilleras. The headpiece draws curiosity from the eyes with a figure inspired from that huge clay water jar carried on the head of the ancient tribes.
Nichole Manalo (28) - She glows even more wearing this stunning mermaid-cut yellow terno. The combination of colors did compliment pretty well with Nichole's features.
Angelique De Leon (7) - The cultural gown may have a simple cut but it is richly accessorized with a plethora of ethnic designs. A tribal headpiece would have been an added attraction with a gorgeous fan.
Alexandra Garcia (2) - The Sarimanok-inspired traditional garb is definitely a stand out! I just love the design of the upper ethnic dress with its colorful feathers and tribal accessories and not to mention the eye-catching legendary Maranao bird.
Dindi Pajares (27) - She looks every inch like a tribal princess from the northern side of Mindanao. The design showcases as well Dindi's gorgeous body figure which adds more beauty and a bit of sensuality.
Kristine Estoque (15) - The overall design is truly an eye-candy. The ensemble of varied bright colors complimented well and the wearer just glows from afar. Kristine had also managed to carry it with the right amount of class and grace, and so I believe, she rightfully deserved to claim the top spot with the Best in Cultural Costume design.