Filipino gowns on display at Miss Universe 2018 preliminaries

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(L-R) Miss Canada Marta Stepien wearing a creation by Michael Cinco, Miss Cambodia Rern Siat in Rian Fernandez, and Miss Ecuador Virginia Limongi in Mark Bumgarner during the evening gown competition of Miss Universe 2018 preliminaries held on Thursday, December 13, at IMPACT Arena, Bangkok, Thailand.

Filipino pride was on full display at the Miss Universe 2018 preliminaries with six candidates wearing creations of Pinoy designers during the pageant's evening gown competition.

The preliminary round was held on Thursday night, December 13, at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Philippine bet Catriona Gray, who is currently a hot topic on social media, put up an amazing performance clad in an Ibong Adarna-inspired gown by Mak Tumang.

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Miss Ecuador Virginia Limongi also donned a creation of a Filipino designer.

Her immaculate white column gown was designed by Mark Bumgarner.

The former Miss World 2014 contestant worked as a model in the Philippines before she joined the pageant.

Meanwhile, Miss Canada Marta Stepien looked like a living doll wearing a form-fitting gown by Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco.

Marta flew to Dubai to personally pick up her gown before heading to Bangkok.


Miss Japan Yuumi Kato veered away from the typical beauty queen look in her sophisticated white ball gown designed by Joel Escober.

Miss Kenya Wabaiya Kariuki wore a Jian Lasala sheer gown and called it an awesome masterpiece.

Miss New Zealand Estelle Curd glittered in her red gown created by Iloilo-based designer Sidney Eculla.

Miss Nepal Manita Devkota was also clad in a sheer dress with fringe detail by House of Bea Bianca.

Miss Nicaragua Adriana Paniagua charmed the crowd with her long-sleeved, Swarovski-embellished silver gown by Benj Leguiab IV.

Miss Malta Francesca Mifsud looked regal in her emerald green Ivanka Hipolito creation.

Miss Belize Jenelli Fraser is all about glitz and glam wearing a gown embellished with Swarovski crystals.

It was made by US-based Filipino fashion designer Joey Galon. 

Miss Cambodia Rern Sinat is among the best dressed candidates of the night wearing a deep red gown by Rian Fernandez.


Miss Guam Athena McNinch shone bright in this electric yellow fringe gown by Paolo Blanco.

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Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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