Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Miss Universe 2014 pageant is over but the uproar of the Filipino pageant fanatics won't just come to hush anytime soon. Facebook is still filled with so many discussions as to why MJ wasn't able to make it to the Top 5 therefore halting the consecutive years that Philippines is too close to the most coveted crown. Was it really the gowns that MJ wore in the coronation night? 

What I'd like to tackle here is the question that many have already asked: Why does the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Organization need to employ the Colombian Designer Alfredo Barraza to do the designs of the dresses that our representatives wear in the International pageant? In an interview with ABS-CBN, Araneta has this to say: "If I didn't do it for several years, it's because the designs that were given to us were not good enough for our candidates. That's the reason I went abroad."

World Class Filipino Designers

What a shame! Philippines has never and will never ever run out of creative minds in the Philippine Fashion Industry. As a Filipino I felt insulted hearing this kind of statement when in fact Filipino designers are all over the world. We have Josie Natori whose clients include Oprah Winfrey; Monique Lhuiller, Hollywood's favorite wedding gown designer whose celebrity clients include Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry among others. How about Francis Libiran, Michael Cinco and Rajo Laurel? No doubt that these designers will come up with a masterpiece that will showcase what Philippine Fashion truly is. 

On Alfredo Barraza's Designs

There is no question about Barraza's capability as a designer. Araneta would have not hired him through the years if he isn't on top of the line in Colombia,  however he fell short on his "fairness" having to create the dresses of both candidates from Colombia and Philippines. 

Need I spell out the difference? While the concept is similar on both creations, my heart bleeds looking at  MJ wearing this "cheap" supposedly Panagbenga inspired costume. I am no designer myself but we don't need designer's eyes to know that Miss Philippines' dress is totally inferior to that of Miss Colombia's. This is something that even my 4th year adviser in high school wouldn't allow her student to wear during "Buwan ng Wika" celebration.

And how about these?

Credits go out to MJ for giving  her best during the competition. Her beauty and oozing confidence did obviously shone during the whole period of the pageant. Would it be a different route had she been dressed by a Filipino designer who I'm sure would give it all just make it till the end with her? We could only presume. 

Filipino Designer for Filipino Miss U Rep

In one of Ariella Arida's "On the Scene" interview with Miss Venezuela, Miss USA, Miss Malaysia and Miss Philippines during the Preliminary Competition, all of them proudly announced except Miss Philippines they wore gowns that are created by designers coming from their own country. It's about time that the task of dressing our representative to the Miss Universe pageant be given to our own Filipino designers. We definitely don't need another Barazza creation in the coming years after all, Maegan Young won Miss World 2013 wearing Francis Libiran. 


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