Our very own Miss Universe Catriona Gray honors the Philippines with every chance she’s got. So for her much-awaited homecoming grand parade, it’s no surprise that she has once again chosen to wear a symbolic outfit proudly representing her Filipino roots. And naturally, there’s no other local designer who’s more fitting for this sartorial task than Mak Tumang, who himself created the now-iconic Adarna and Lava gowns that Catriona had strutted down the Miss Universe runway in.
Introducing Mak's new creations, the Sampaguita dresses! On his Instagram post, he explained the story behind his latest designs for Catriona:
“The Sampaguita; also known as Philippine Jasmine, is the national flower of our beautiful country—the Philippines. Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words ‘sumpa kita,’ which mean 'I promise you.' This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial. Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home,’” explains the Filipino designer. “Ergo, it is but fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw—our national leaf. Catriona will wear this Philippine Terno, which is a ‘Callado’ (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves. Welcome home Catriona! Thank you for the fulfilled promise of making the Filipino people proud! Mabuhay!”
How meaningful! And of course, as expected, Catriona gave justice to Mak’s masterpiece and looked every bit the stunning beauty queen for her homecoming parade.
Welcome home, Catriona!