The national costume presentation of Miss Universe Philippines 2022 was a colorful and creative showcase of the Filipino culture.
It was streamed live via TikTok Philippines on Tuesday evening, April 26, 2022, and was used Ilocos Sur's well-known heritage site Calle Crisologo in Vigan as its backdrop.
In a short statement flashed before the parade of beauties, this year's pageant decided to pay homage to Philippine textiles industry, "an integral part of our uniquely beautiful history."
The statement read: "It represents the rich stories and craftsmanship of different tribes and communities throughout the archipelago. It is part of the fabric of our nationality.
"Aside from promoting our tourism, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization also aims to promote and put forward Filipino textiles and weavings because these are treasures we can't afford to lose.
"This is an industry we want to continue and help strengthen.
"The theme for this year's National Costume presentation is HABI (weaving) 30% of our finalists' costumes should be comprised of Philippine textiles or weaving."
Here's PEP.ph's (Philippine Entertainment Portal) list of 15 standouts:
Jona Swett picked an all-black modern Filipiniana by Adriano Samar.
Julia Saubier was a lovely huntress in her Erjohn Dela Serna costume.
Ghenesis Latugat showcased the intricately woven patterns of the Igorot fabric in her national costume designed by Erjohn Dela Serna.
Pauline Amelinckx's white-and-blue ombre terno was designed by Mikee Andrei.
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Jeanne Nicci Orcena pulled off the detailed and colorful masterpiece of Mark Joseph Sayad.
Chantal Elise Schmidt showed the "the beauty and bounty of the Philippine seas" in her costume made by Cebu-based designer Axel Que.
Dorothy Gemilla's costume was inspired by Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Jaro (Our Lady of Candles), and was designed by Tata Blas-Pinuela.
Sonja Jeyn Tanyag looked like a diwata in her national costume by Chico Estiva.
Michelle Dee sparkled in her modern Maria Clara dress designed by Francis Libiran.
Isabel Luche's costume gracefully showed the elan and elegance of "sabong."
It was designed by Cebu-based fashion designer Mark Barry Luche.
Annabelle Mae McDonelle wore a Kuyamis-inspired Filipiniana designed by Jermaine V. Nabong.
Kuyamis is a variety of sweet coconut trees known for their golden-colored fruits.
Gillian Katherine de Mesa's national costume was designed by Michael Barassi, who sought inspiration from the legend of Salinas Salt Spring in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya.
Angelica Lopez highlighted Palawan's flora and fauna in her national costume designed by Edwin Uy.
Ivylou Corpuz Borbon was like a fairy in her costume designed by Glenn Gonzales and Milton Salinas.
Celeste Cortesi's national costume featured eye-catching fabrics and beads from Mindanao. It was designed by John Carlo Pagunaling
Katrina Llegado's Filipiniana was made of dried water lilies, and was designed by Pablo Mendez III in collaboration with the Taguig Waterlily Livelihood Center.
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