The preliminary rounds for Binibining Pilipinas 2017 have begun this week, and one of its main events is the National Costume presentation.
All 40 candidates wear Filipino-designed costumes at an exclusive fashion show held in Gateway Tower, Araneta Center, on April 24.
Spotted on the front row are Madam Stella Marquez Araneta and the executive committee members of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc.
The following day, the pageant's official Facebook page reveals its short list of candidates who are up for the Best in National Costume award.
For this year, the public has been given the power to choose the candidate who deserves to win this special award.
Fan favorite Candidate No. 15 Mariel de Leon nabs a spot on the list.
Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andalong’s daughter wears an intricately-designed “100% handmade” terno gown by Cary Santiago.
Her headdress and fans are reminiscent of Pia Wurtzbach’s capiz terno by Albert Andrada for the Miss Universe 2015 national costume.
Other candidates who make it to the top 10 are:
Candidate No. 7 Jennyline Carla Malpaya, who wears a Jontie Martinez-designed terno.
Her look evokes the “cascading waters” of a waterfall.
Candidate No. 10 Jehza Huelar, who returns to the competition after finishing second runner-up at last year’s competition, picks a Zamboanga-based designer, who created her “magnificent, one-of-a-kind cultural gown.”
Jehza hails from Davao City.
Candidate No. 13 Sirene Sutton's terno has a modern twist—it's flowy and has asymmetrical cut.
It was designed by Roland Alzate.
The national costume of Candidate No. 18 Nelda Ibe was hand-painted by Filipino designer Frederick Berches.
Candidate No. 20 Christa Borja’s national costume represents "women empowerment."
Candidate No. 22 Chanel Olive Thomas, also a fan favorite, currently has the most likes on Facebook among the Top 10 finalists.
Dressed in an Edwin Uy’s ethnic-inspired design, her costume has so far generated over 12,000 likes.
Candidate No. 26 Ruffa Nava wears a terno gown inspired by the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo.
John Cliff created the look.
Candidate No. 29 Karla May Manongsong captivates in her striking emerald terno gown by Jun Carlo Ilusorio.
Asia’s Next Top Model finalist, Candidate No. 31 Katarina Rodriguez, rounds up the list.
She wears a jewel-encrusted terno gown by Francis Libiran.
The voting period for Best in National Costume will be until Friday, April 28.
The grand coronation night will be on April 30, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.