Ruffa Gutierrez shares the sentiment of many Pinoys who were not happy about the national costume worn by MJ Lastimosa at the 2015 Miss Universe preliminary competition.
“Hopefully, they start using Filipino-made gowns for national costumes,” says Ruffa when asked to comment about the issue during the press launch of her new endorsement, Cosmo Skin, earlier, January 23.
Miss Philippines' terno was created by Colombian fashion designer Alfredo Barranza.
Shortly after the prelims, which was held at the FIU Arena in Florida last January 21 (U.S. time), Pinoys took to social media to express their disappointment.
Cebu-based fashion designer Cary Santiago wrote on his Instagram account (@carysantiago), “Anyone sent for global competition wearing a Philippine sash should wear a Filipino designer. Where is our pride when what we see on stage is totally not a Filipino costume?
A photo posted by carysantiago (@carysantiago) onJan 22, 2015 at 8:11am PST
Ruffa seconded Cary's statement, “Our designers are so talented, more talented than other designers from all over the world.
“Nakikita naman natin na ang huhusay ng mga Pinoy.
“Bakit ayaw nating ipakita ang kahusayan ng mga Pinoy?
“Dapat isuot nila ang damit na gawa ng Pinoy. Magagaling tayo, e.
“Hindi naman tayo kailangang manghiram pa ng damit na nasuot na ng iba or hiniram lang.
“Sayang naman 'yong chance na maipakita natin 'yong mahuhusay nating designers kung hindi nila pinaparada ang sariling atin na gown at sariling atin na national costume.”
The 1993 Miss World 2nd princess then recalled the Sarimanok gown she wore in the national costume competition.
“Ako, I took a stand back in the day, 1993, sabi ko I want a Mang Ben Ferrales to make my national costume. It was Sarimanok.
“Nakita mo Pinoy na Pinoy talaga 'yong gown ko. Wala akong choice, pero kita naman na maganda kasi nagwagi naman siya. I think now, marami nang mahusay.”
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After that, Ruffa stressed, “I think you [fellow beauty queens] guys should really help and support our own designers.”
SUPPORT FOR MJ. Meanwhile, the former beauty queen thinks MJ Lastimosa has a good chance of winning.
“I think she's well-prepared. She's been in pageants a number of times already,” Ruffa stated.
To show her support, she and her gay friends will have a viewing party on Monday, Januart 26.
“Of course, being the representative of the Philippines, we're all here to support her.
“I think we also have to show our representative to support her para magkaroon sila ng confidence,” Ruffa concluded.