Catriona Gray always puts the Philippines as the inspiration behind everything she wears at the Miss Universe 2018 pageant.
On Thursday, December 13, the 24-year-old Bicolana beauty queen made headlines after giving an impressive performance at the pageant's preliminaries held at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Catriona looked gorgeous in her Ibong Adarna-inspired evening gown made by Filipino fashion designer Mak Tumang.
She was styled by Ton Lao and Justine Aliman.
Aside from her gown, the pair of dangling earrings she wore during the evening gown segment also featured Philippine-inspired elements.
Fun Fact: Catriona actually designed the earrings with local brand Tessera Jewelry.
The earrings she wore had four gold-colored South Sea pearls which resemble the three stars and the sun on the Philippine flag.
One of the pearls served as the sun with eight rays while others are dangling on a single strand of gold chain with three diamonds.
On Friday, December 14, Catriona shared the details of her evening gown look.
Part of her post reads: "My earrings were designed by me and executed by @tesserajewelry as another ode to the Philippines with the Philippine sun and golden South sea pearls, our national gem."
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IBONG ADARNA 🧡🇵🇭 The Blazing Siren by @maktumang My preliminary gown was inspired by the ’Ibong Adarna’: a prominent Filipino folklore that is a mythologicalnous bird. Story goes, the Ibong Adarna’s enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth. 🇵🇭🔥 My earrings were designed by me and executed by @tesserajewelry as another ode to the Philippines with the Philippine sun and golden South sea pearls, our national gem. 🇵🇭 Thank you to @maktumang for his amazing craftsmanship and exquisite execution of this gown, to @justine.aliman19 and @ton_lao for styling in @bragaisjojo heels and @tesserajewelry. Thank you to mamang @hairbybrentsales and @jellyeugenio for teaching me to slay my hair and makeup! And to @carlosbuendiajr, the man behind my walk 🌋 I love you all!!!
In an Instagram post, Tessera Jewelry revealed the inspiration behind the design.
"Cheers to another patriotic jewelry designed by our very own @catriona_gray [crown emoji]
"Introducing our latest PEARL OF THE ORIENT dangling earrings.
"This dangling earrings were inspired by Philippines' popular title 'The Pearl of the Orient/Perlas ng Silangan.'
"Let us all give our continuous love and support to our Ms. Universe, Catriona Gray.
"We're all very proud of you and we will always have your back... CATRIONA X TESSERA"
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Cheers to another patriotic jewelry designed by our very own @catriona_gray 👑 Introducing, PEARL OF THE ORIENT dangling earrings. This dangling earrings were inspired by Philippines’ popular title "The Pearl of the Orient/Perlas ng Silangan". Let us all give our continuous love and support to our Ms. Universe, Catriona Gray. We’re all very proud of you and we will always have your back ☀️💎🇵🇭 CATRIONA X TESSERA
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