The Miss Universe preliminaries continued last night. Catriona Gray broke the Internet with her slow-mo twirl during the swimsuit competition. But you know what really caught our eye? Her evening gown.
It was a Mak Tumang piece inspired by the Ibong Adarna, a Filipino mythological creature, and the Mikimoto Crown. The strapless and backless gown was made copper feathers and crystals to mimic the appearance of a phoenix.
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ADARNA: The Blazing Siren The 'Ibong Adarna' is a mythological pulchritudinous bird that could change in several fascinating guises. Its enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth. Catriona has a resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country: the Philippines! Inspired from the Philippine Adarna Bird, Phoenix & Mikimoto Crown #MissUniverse2018 #Philippines #PreliminaryGown
“Catriona has a resilient, tenacious, and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating, literally and figuratively,” Mak wrote on Instagram. He continued with how Catriona would use this voice to influence Filipinos and make them proud.
But that’s not the final gown that Catriona will wear for the pageant on Dec. 17. He also shared sketches of four others on his Facebook account, but didn’t reveal which ones Catriona will wear.
Ilan sa mga kaisipan at banhay 4 out of 7#universo
According to ABS-CBN News, Catriona’s final three gowns were made in over 113 days and the materials cost P1,025,091. If the Ibong Adarna gown already looked elegant, what more the other pieces?
We still have three days before the Miss Universe 2018 pageant. Do you have any guesses which evening gown will Catriona wear then? Share your thoughts with us!
Photo courtesy of Parisian Chateau Clothing’s Instagram account
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