What you need to know about Catriona Gray's 'Ibong Adarna'-inspired evening gown

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray wowed the audience on Thursday, December 13 as she walked onstage during the preliminary competition held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok,Thailand. (IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray at the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary competition)

The debute of her gown by designer Mak Tumang was one of the most awaited moments. Of the many designs that they both worked together, Catriona decided to wear the Ibong Adarna-inspired creation. (LOOK: Designer Mak Tumang's sketches of Catriona Gray's Miss Universe 2018 evening gowns )

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 competes on stage in her evening gown during the MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Competition at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, December 13th. Photo from  Patrick Prather/The Miss Universe Organization

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 competes on stage in her evening gown during the MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Competition at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, December 13th.

Photo from Patrick Prather/The Miss Universe Organization

SLAY. Catriona Gray wears Mak Tumang's 'Ibon Adarna' inspired gown during the preliminary competition. Photo from Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

SLAY. Catriona Gray wears Mak Tumang's 'Ibon Adarna' inspired gown during the preliminary competition.

Photo from Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

 

Photo Patrick Prather /The Miss Universe Organization

 

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On his Facebook page, Mak said that aside from the Ibong Adarna, he also took inspiration from the Phoenix.

"The Ibong Adarna is a mythological pulchritudinous bird that could change in several fascinating guises. Its enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth."

"Catriona has a resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country: the Philippines!"

Mak said he also drew inspiration from the Mikimoto crown.

SKETCH. Mak Tumang shares the sketch of the Ibon Adarna. Photo from Facebook/Mak Tumang

SKETCH. Mak Tumang shares the sketch of the Ibon Adarna.

Photo from Facebook/Mak Tumang

 

CLOSE UP. The gown is inspired not only by the Ibon Adarna but also the Phoenix and Mikimoto crown. Photos from Facebook/Mak Tumang

CLOSE UP. The gown is inspired not only by the Ibon Adarna but also the Phoenix and Mikimoto crown.

Photos from Facebook/Mak Tumang

 

 

 

DETAILS. The design is inspired by the feathers of the Ibon Adarna and Phoenix. Photo from Facebook/Mak Tumang

DETAILS. The design is inspired by the feathers of the Ibon Adarna and Phoenix.

Photo from Facebook/Mak Tumang

 

 

 

FIT. Catriona tries on the gown. Photo from Facebook/Mak Tumang

FIT. Catriona tries on the gown.

Photo from Facebook/Mak Tumang

 

Another gown by Mak is expected to be worn during the final competition on Monday, December 17, Manila time. Catriona hopes to become the country's 4th Miss Universe winner of the Philippines. – Rappler.com