BANGKOK, Thailand – Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, the Philippines' representative to the Miss Grand International 2015 pageant, won the Best in National Costume award Sunday, October 25 at coronation night held at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok Thailand.
She finished 3rd runner-up overall. Dominican Republic's Anea Garcia won the Miss Grand International 2015 title and suceeded Daryanne Lees Garcia of Cuba.
Congratulations!!!!!The Best National Costume Award Miss Grand Philippines 2015 - Parul Shah Posted by Miss Grand International on Sunday, October 25, 2015
Congratulation to Parul Shah Miss Grand Philippines is the Winner of Best National Costume. #missgrandinternational #missgrandinternational2015 #whowillbenext#missgrandinternational #missgrandinternational2015 #mgi #mgi2015 #Thailand #Bangkok #pageant #globalbeauties #gb #grandslambeautypageants #grandslam #beautypageant A photo posted by Miss Grand International (@missgrandinternational) on Oct 25, 2015 at 6:40am PDT
Parul's costume was designed by Edwin Uy. According to Parul, the costume was inspired by a Muslim Maranao princess.
PILIPINAS!!!!!! Our national costume placed in top 20!!! Thank you Tito @edwinfuy for this beautiful national costume inspired by a Muslim Maranao Princess!! #ParulShah #MissGrandInternational #Travel #Thailand #ForeverThankful #Kfamilia #KF #NationalCostumePhilippines #EdwinUy A photo posted by Parul Shah (@missgrandphilippines2015) on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:51pm PDT
Last August, Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BCPI) that Parul will represent the country in the Miss Grand International. Parul initially thought she was not going to compete anymore as she placed in the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas pageant and did not compete in an international pageant in 2014, while a new batch of queens was crowned in 2015.
"I thought I wasn't going to have a pageant. And so when I got the call...I was like 'okay...' but now I'm excited. When you waited for too long, that's how I felt. But now, I'm happy that I have a pageant because we all worked hard for where we are all right now."
Miss Grand International (MGI) is a Thailand based pageant founded by Nawat Itsaragrisil in 2013. According to the information on the pageant's website, the competition aims "to become the world's leading international beauty contest under sponsorship from governments and organizations that will make a stand for the betterment of humanity." The pageant also promotes peace through their Stop The War And Violence campaign.
Prior to BCP getting the Miss Grand International franchise, John De La Vega, who also trains beauty queens, was the pageant franchise holder in the country. – Rappler.com