Will Herlene Nicole Budol win the award for Best in National Costume at the Binibining Pilipinas 2022 pageant?
The former Wowowin host's entry is unveiled at the pageant's national costume exhibit on Monday, July 4, 2022, at Farmer's Plaza in Cubao, Quezon City.
Herlene picks the theme Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal as the main inspiration for her national costume, which is actually twice as tall as her and weighs three times her weight.
She also has a paper mache head inspired by Catriona Gray and the history of Angono on her cape.
Herlene's national costume is a creation of Filipino fashion designer Patrick Isorena. Meanwhile, her cape is hand-painted by Angono-based visual artist Ebok Sausa Pinpiño.
On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, Herlene's manager Wilbert Tolentino shares more details in a short chat with the media including PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the pageant's press presentation held at Novotel in Quezon City.
"Lahat ng historical, lahat... very detalyado, very nakaka-goosebumps talaga," the talent manager says.
He adds, "Inspired siya ng Higantes Festival.
"And yung painting nung kapa niya is talagang pinakasikat na painter sa Angono, Rizal, since kilala ang Angono na Art Capital of the Philippines.
"So yung pinakasikat na painter nila, sila po yung nag-paint nung national costume."
Wilbert reveals that they spent a hefty amount on this masterpiece.
"Talagang ginastusan namin, pati yung national costume. Six digits siya."
Aside from this, Wilbert also sponsored Herlene's PHP150,000 Mascota, a traditional outfit from Zamboanga popularly worn in the 1900s, for the pageant's Grand Santacruzan in Araneta City, Cubao last May 14, 2022.
PEPsters, do you think Herlene will win the award for Best in National Costume?