Thoughts on the Bb Pilipinas 2014 National Costumes – Contestants #11 to #15


I was so very happy to hear that this year’s Bb. Pilipinas Fashion Show at the Araneta Coliseum (March 6, 2014) was going to incorporate the National Costume competition. What a great idea from Team Binibini! I was eager to see the girls parade in Filipiniana of all kinds and dying to see the designs. This is not just about the girls, but about the beauty and significance of their costumes.

My major irritation though is that they failed to mention the designers of these beautiful creations! What would it have cost to include their names somehow during the program? Even to flash the designer’s names on screen would have been enough. What an oversight, in my humble opinion!

Nevertheless, I loved almost all the gowns and costumes and appreciated each one. In this series of blog posts, I’ll go through each costume and share my thoughts… those highlighted in RED are the gowns and girls that impressed me!

11. Laura Victoria Lehmann

11. Laura Victoria Lehmann

Laura Lehmann is lovely is this elegant beige Terno. You can’t see it in this photo but the gown worn by this Psych, Neuro and Spanish Studies student exposes the back almost completely so while it’s traditional in the front, it’s quite sexy from the back…

*****

12. Sarah Jireh Asido

12. Sarah Jireh Asido

This gold-accented fuschia gown worn by Sarah Jireh Asido boasts of interesting layers on the back of the skirt. It looks like something Imelda Marcos would wear. Sarah carried it well and looked ravishingly Filipina as she negotiated the catwalk in the Araneta Coliseum…

*****

13. Kris Tiffany Janson

13. Kris Tiffany Janson

No, she is NOT a porcelain doll. Kris Tiffany Janson is definitely human and one of the prettiest faces to come out of Cebu in recent years. My seatmates and I could not take our eyes off her as she sailed down the stage twirling her parasol from time to time before a fawning audience. I wouldn’t be surprised if this financial analyst wins Best in Long Gown. Oh, I must note that although it isn’t really seen in the photo above, the skirt of her gown is partially sheer offering a subtle outline of her shapely legs…

*****

14. Emma Mary Tiglao

14. Emma Mary Tiglao

Among the young girls in this year’s batch, Emma Mary Tiglao is one of the more stunning ones and is indeed lovely to behold on stage. The 19-year-old animal lover paraded down the catwalk in an eye-catching Terno marked by creeping gold coral and vector 3D designs. The only thing that bothered me was it seemed hard to walk in with it’s huge cardboard-stiff serpentina hem. But looks-wise this is a gown that I would consider a wardrobe investment.

*****

15. Kimverlyn Suiza

15. Kimverlyn Suiza

To my eye, this modern Terno had a distinct French feel, thanks to the leather gloves with exposed fingers and the elegant fold of cloth beneath the bodice spreading out to the sides. This gown is not an easy one to carry but Kimverlyn Suiza looked perfect in it thanks to her classy European look and haute couture moves. Fabulosa!

*****

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