Twenty-eight empowered Filipinas brought their A-game to the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions of Miss Universe Philippines 2021.
The candidates flaunted their sexy curves in an orange-red bikini from PauLina, the swimwear line of Filipino fashion designer Mikee Andrei.
Then they showed their confidence and sophisticated style in their choice of evening gowns.
Both stages of the competition are crucial in determining the semi-finalists of the pageant.
This list puts a spotlight on 16 standout candidates during the swimsuit and evening gown preliminaries based on their bearing and pasarela performances.
It also reveals their gown designers.
Fan-favorite Steffi Rose Aberasturi of Cebu Province
She showed off her best assets in her blush pink serpentina gown by Cebu-based fashion designer Philipp Tampus.
Cavite's Victoria Vincent Velasquez
The 25-year-old architect looked like a Hollywood A-lister in her custom gown by Dubai-based fashion designer Furne One Amato.
Cebu City's Beatrice Luigi Gomez
She wore a red dress by Dubai-based fashion designer Furne One Amato.
Taguig City's Katrina Dimaranan
She looked elegant in her all-black Martin Bautista ensemble.
Laguna's Leren Mae Bautista
She channeled her inner goddess in a silver Makiling-inspired evening gown by Louis Pangilinan.
Manila's Izabella Jasmine Umali
She was a head-turner in her emerald slinky wrap-style gown by Nat Manila, who also made her national costume for the pageant.
Albay's Janela Joy Cuaton
The former Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International winner shimmered in her golden gown by Roy Erwin Tizon.
Pangasinan's Maureen Wroblewitz
The 23-year-old Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 5 winner brought her supermodel experience to the runway in her sea-inspired gown by Mara Chua.
Aklan's Christelle Abello
Her cut-out gown by Cherry Veric was daring yet sophisticated.
Masbate's Kisses Delavin
Kisses "miracle walk" during the swimsuit round was worthy of a mention.
MARINDUQUE Simone Nadine Bornilla
The 5'3" aspiring beauty queen from Marinduque treated her height as "power" as she charmed pageant fans in her pink form-fitting gown by Hollywood-based Filipino fashion designer Oliver Tolentino.
In the comments section of one of her photos uploaded on the official Facebook page of Miss Universe Philippines, some pageant fans likened her to Binibining Pilipinas International 2019 Bea Patricia Magtanong.
Misamis Oriental's Chella Grace Falconer
Chella seemed to turn the pageant stage into her own "Victoria's Secret runway," and flaunted her doll-like features in a red Juniel Doring gown.
Pasig City's Princess Kristha Singh
Princess brought tough competition during the swimsuit round and looked stunning in her blue dress by Armand Marco for the evening gown prelims.
Angeles City's Mirjan Hipolito
The dusky beauty wore a Frederick Policarpio gown that complemented her morena beauty.
Mandaluyong's Corinne Abalos
Corinne rocked the stage with her smooth walk during the swimsuit round and looked MET Gala-ready in her yellow custom-made gown by Mark Bumgarner during the evening gown round of the preliminaries.
San Juan City's Ayn Bernos
Ayn, who stands 5'3" girl, looked lovely in her pink Edwin Uy gown.
Only 16 candidates will advance to the next round of the pageant after the preliminaries. One slot in the Top 16 will be filled by the winner of the online poll via the Lazada app, which will end on September 29, 2021.
The pageant is scheduled to happen on September 30, 2021, at Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol. It will be streamed on KTX.ph.
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