In case you missed it, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, and nine other pageant titleholders participated in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opening ceremonies, each as the muse of a competing country.
The beauty queens and the 11 teams they represented took part in the Santacruzan-style parade at the opening festvities held last Saturday, November 30, in the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
The beauty queens wore ternos designed by Filipino fashion designer Eric Pineda.
Each creation featured locally sourced materials from different parts of the country.
Pia wore an anahaw-themed terno during the event. The anahaw leaves were sprayed with gold lacquer paint. The 30-year-old Kapamilya talent also wore bespoke accessories by Gerry Ereneta Sunga.
In an Instagram post after the event, Pia expressed the pride she felt in being able to walk with the Filipino athletes.
She wrote, "So happy and blessed to represent our beloved country at the opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Goodluck to all the hardworking athletes. Mabuhay po kayo at mabuhay ang bansang Pilipinas!"
Megan, on the other hand, walked with the delegation from Indonesia, the country where she won the Miss World 2013 title at the pageant in Bali.
She shared her experience on Instagram and wrote, "What an amazing experience it was to be a part of the opening number! Each of us walked with a participating country earlier and I’m so happy I got to walk with the Indonesian athletes...
"Indonesia will always be a country dear to my heart because that’s where I won Miss World... took some photos backstage with Queen P @piawurtzbach who walked with the Philippine athletes during the opening number!
"Nakakakilabot nung sinabi ung 'PHILIPPINES'!!! During that moment we were all just so proud to be Filipino."
The Kapuso actess wore a terno with Kiping details. Kiping is a leaf-shaped wafer made from glutinous rice. These are usually seen at the Pahiyas Festival in Quezon province.
Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman walked with the athletes of Brunei Darussalam.
The 27-year-old model looked regal in her Filipiniana gown which had tribal details and used woven fabrics.
Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron, muse of the athletes from Cambodia, wore a fuschia-colored terno.
On Instagram, the beauty queen-turned-actress said she's grateful for being part of the historic event.
She wrote, "Always the greatest pleasure Pilipinas... Thank you for letting me be apart of this page in history [heart emoji] Salamat at mabuhay mga atletang Pilipino."
Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla, muse of the delegation from Laos, wore a terno inspired by the seashells from Cebu.
Miss International 2005 Lara Quigaman walked with the athletes of Malaysia.
Lara wore a green terno with a floral applique at the front.
Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco welcomed the participants from Myanmar. She wore a royal blue terno embellished with capiz shells and mother of pearl.
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell represented the delegation of Singapore.
Kawayan was the theme of her Filipiniana gown. She also wore accessories made with narra and gold.
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong, muse of Thailand's representatives to the SEA Games 2019, wore an outfit with accessories made of carabao horn.
Miss Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipo-on waved her hands as she walked with the participants from Timor Leste. She wore a Filipiniana made with woven cotton from Ibaan, Batangas.
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel represented the athletes from Vietnam. The 22-year-old beauty queen channeled her inner-T'boli princess wearing a Filipiniana sewn in abaca-woven T'nalak cloth.