Catriona Gray’s Bb. Pilipinas Gown Was Inspired By The “Queen of Philippine Flowers”
Catriona Gray made her last walk as Miss Universe Philippines last June 9 during Binibining Pilipinas 2019. She was able to pull off a number of emotional farewells, including her impactful parting speech. But perhaps the most poetic of them all was a last show-stopping gown paying homage to Philippine culture, as is her trademark.
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This gown was once again designed by Mak Tumang, who has been creating Catriona’s pageant gowns since 2016. He explains that the design is inspired by the waling-waling, which is commonly known as the “Queen of Philippine flowers.” According to him, “many regard it as the rarest, most beautiful and the most expensive among all the flora our country has.”
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Waling Waling The Waling-waling is a paragon of unmitigated beauty. Many regard it as the rarest, most beautiful and the most expensive among all the flora our country has. This rightfully gives justice to its being dubbed as the “Queen of Philippine Flowers”. Moreover, even the native Bagobos revered it as a “diwata” (fairy) because of its unparalleled and captivating beauty. This representation fits perfectly to what our Miss Universe Catriona Gray is. She is absolutely a queen of beauty and substance. This flower, like Catriona, continues to be on treetops and aspires for greater heights. The Queen of the Filipinos' hearts bids farewell to her reign here. Yet, she will incessantly reach and touch the bright sun, making her justly symbolic of the Filipino’s unceasing hope and tenacity.
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Just like the flower, Catriona is “absolutely a queen of beauty and substance.” The symbolism behind the dress is meant to express that “the Queen of the Filipinos’ hearts bids farewell to her reign here. Yet, she will incessantly reach and touch the bright sun, making her justly symbolic of the Filipino’s unceasing hope and tenacity.”
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Inside each and every one of us is a King or Queen with the ability to conquer the universe – whatever that may be for you. But first we must conquer ourselves, conquer what others perceive of us and then conquer with a purpose…to finally conquer our dreams. Philippines, I will forever raise our flag. #MissUniverse @missuniverse Glam @jellyeugenio @hairbybrentsales @mimsqiu Styled by @justine.aliman19 in WalingWaling by @maktumang @tesserajewelry @loverocksjewelry
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Despite her retiring the crown, Catriona promised to continue raising our flag in her endeavors. As of now, she still has many months left for her to fulfill her Miss Universe duties.
What do you think about her gown?
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