BPCI Relents and Reaches Out to Filipino Designers


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It seems like Pinoy pageant fans are going to get their wish for our Bb Pilipinas queens to be dressed by Filipino designers. Bb Pilipinas released a statement on its Facebook in support of Filipino artistry. It went on to ‘ enjoin Filipino designers to collaborate with BPCI in presenting the Binibini queens in the best designs that will enhance her innate grace and beauty.’

No apology was given for a previous interview where BPCI head Mme. Stella Marquez Araneta was perceived to have slighted Filipino designers.

In spite of the statement, netizens have left angry comments ranging from annoyance to outright threats. Others calling for a change in the leadership of Bb. Pilipinas.

But BPCI still has its supporters who continue to believe in the franchise and that includes this blogger. Personally, I’m satisfied with the statement and trust that good things are going to happen. I do know that wearing Filipino designs won’t assure us of victory abroad but it is a step in the right direction.

Another thing I hope is that our queens will be consulted about what designs they like and don’t like. MJ Lastimosa was reportedly forced to wear the white Barraza number in the evening gown competition of Miss Universe 2014. I hope it is not true because no woman should be coerced to do something she doesn’t want to even if it’s something as innocuous as wearing an outfit she hates.

Anyway, here is the statement I saw on BPCI’S website :

Binining Pilipinas Charities Inc. has always been the showcase of Filipino beauty and excellence. The world’s great pageant stages have borne witness to the elegance and grace of the Binibini queens, where the Philippines has consistently placed high since 2010. Gaining the distinction of being among the top 10 also speaks highly of the Binibini queens since this means that they truly stood out from among so many beauties from around the world.
BPCI, led by its Chairperson Stella Araneta continues to believe in Filipino genius and this has been emphasized in several instances in the past including the fashion accolades to the creations of Pitoy Moreno, the designs of young couturiers worn by its candidates in the annual National Costume competition, and the pictorials and fashion shows of local designers featuring Binibini queens. She also understands the passion of Filipino designers to clothe the Binibining Pilipinas queens for the international pageant stage and is open to the creations and designs of these brilliant Filipino talents. Mrs. Araneta enjoins Filipino designers to collaborate with BPCI in presenting the Binibini queens in the best designs that will enhance her innate grace and beauty.”

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