Philippine bet Samantha Bernardo wowed pageant fans all over the world during the 2020 Miss Grand International national costume competition on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
The 27-year-old beauty queen from Palawan wore a golden agila-inspired national costume designed by designer Patrick Isorena.
In an Instagram post on Wednesday night, Patrick said the inspiration behind his stunning creation was the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.
He wrote, "The Costume is inspired by our National Bird - The Philippine Eagle also known as the Monkey-Eating Eagle or Great Philippine Eagle.
"It is considered the largest of the extant eagles in terms of length and wing surface, the rarest and most powerful birds in the world.
"This costume also intend to create awareness because the Philippine Eagle is critically endangered, mainly due to massive loss of habitat resulting from deforestation in most of its range."
Patrick also explained why he chose gold.
"Gold as the main color of the costume to represent the magnificent journey of our Queen. And to pay homage to the MGI Golden Crown.
"Just like gold it is extravagant, wealthy, rich and indestructible, like Samantha - A queen who never gave up on her dreams."
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After the national costume competition, the Miss Grand International pageant uploaded all of the contestants' photos on their official Facebook page to determine the winner via online voting.
At press time, Sam's national costume photo on the pageant's official Facebook page has received the highest number of reactions and shares, with more than 295,000 reactions and one million shares.
Before the national costume competition, Sam also made it to the top 20 of the pageant's swimsuit competition. Sam ranked third among the candidates chosen by the online voters for the swimsuit competition.
The grand coronation night of the Miss Grand International 2021 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on March 27.