There's only one word fitting to describe these looks from the 2019 Binibining Pilipinas candidates: showstopping. In a diverse, flamboyant show of our nation's colorful cultural heritage, the country's 40 hopefuls debuted their official National Costume portraits on the pageant's Facebook page! You can bet these intricate 'fits made by gifted local designers were met with rave netizen reactions.
While many of the girls chose the classic terno (with dramatic individual twists, of course—zoom in on all those feathers and florals!), others opted for powerful representations of Philippine ethnic groups, donning handmade tribal fabrics and pieces meant to symbolize their respective region's pride. There were also majestic nods to pivotal points in our history, complete with warrior accoutrements like swords, spears, and gilded armor.
We're living for this spectacle of Filipino splendor. Anticipate the national costume show on May 29 at the New Frontier Theater and the big Binibining Pilipinas coronation night on June 9 at the Araneta Coliseum! Meanwhile, check out our top 7 favorites from the photoset.