MANILA, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc (BPCI) is calling all Filipino fashion designers to send in their creative sketches for national costumes.
On Facebook, the pageant announced that the designs should be submitted on or before September 15. Designs will be judged by Bb Pilipinas chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta, Mrs. Conchitina Bernardo, ABS-CBN’s Chit Guerrero, fashion designer Christian Espiritu and Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Thelma San Juan.
The chosen designs will be worn by the Bb Pilipinas beauty queens in their respective international competitions.
Calling all talented and brilliant Filipino designers, We have a special announcement to all of you!Please send your entries on or before September 15 at email@example.com Posted by Bb. Pilipinas (Official) on Friday, September 4, 2015
Last January, many criticised the pageant, especially Araneta, for Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa’s national costume designed by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza. (READ: Stella Araneta defends MJ Lastimosa’s national costume)
Eto pala sorry hahahaha . PHILIPPINES!!! #missuniverse2015 A photo posted by Jonas Antonio Gaffud (@jonasofmercator) on Jan 21, 2015 at 7:39pm PST
The costume, a floral piece reportedly inspired by the Panagbenga Festival of Baguio, got negative reviews from social media users and many pageant fan.
Following the uproar, Bb Pilipinas issued a statement saying that they were open to collaborating with Filipino designers. – Rappler.com