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Catriona Gray shares ‘technical mishap’ in her national costume

/ 09:04 AM December 12, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray pwowed the crowd with her LuzViMinda-inspired national costume, but revealed she actually experienced a “technical mishap” when she was just about to go on stage.


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LUZVIMINDA: "Magdiwang. Lumaban. Pagyamanin." 🇵🇭✨ LUZON– MAGDIWANG" (Celebrate): The island group of LUZON is represented by the world-renowned "PAROL/CHRISTMAS LANTERN" from the province of Pampanga with a BRASS BORDER designed and made in Apalit, Pampanga (inspired by designs from the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites) At the back of the PAROL is a PAINTING with INSCRIPTION of the lyrics from "LUPANG HINIRANG", the Philippines’ National Anthem written in Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Alphabet) that literally translates to: "Lupang hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw." The PAINTING also highlighted victories, festivals, events, heroes and national icons with a style inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a native of the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal in Luzon. VISAYAS–LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. MINDANAO– “PAGYAMANIN" (Enrich): The island group of MINDANAO is represented by an authentic "HEADPIECE & BRASS ACCESSORIES" from the province of South Cotabato and customized KNEE-HIGH BOOTS with embroidered designs inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the southern part of the Philippines, namely: Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug and T'nalak. The woven textiles express a strong belief in "ancestral and natural spirits" and "cultural roots" of indigenous communities that remain well-preserved up to this day. Pilipinas, para sa iyo ang lahat ng ito. 🇵🇭 @missuniverse 🎥 @benjaminaskinas


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The 24-year-old beauty queen explained in an Instagram live on Tuesday that the Christmas lantern or parol in her costume was meant to light up.

“My parol was meant to light up, but for some reason, I don’t know why, before the show I was trying to turn it on and it wouldn’t turn on,” Gray recounted.

She said she wasn’t sure if the wires got moved during the transport here Thailand, “but it just so happened that on the day itself and on the time that I walked out on stage, the lights, they weren’t working.”

Gray shared she was saddened by the fact that it did not work because she would have loved to “show the full effect” of what her team had put their time and effort to.

“We really went over mountains just to try and get the light and the synchronization of the light on the parol. Regardless, I just want you guys to know that it’s a little bit of a technical mishap,” she said.


The Bicolana beauty also admitted she struggled with the weight of her costume: “I was initially supposed to carry it but the weight was too heavy.”

That’s why they decided to put wheels on the parol. However, “the wheels we prepared were for a flat floor, or a tiled floor, or a wooden floor. Just a smooth floor.”

She said she didn’t expect the floor of the national costume competition to be carpeted, “so when I walked on the carpet, the wheels weren’t running smoothly, and it was really, really hard to pull.”

The beauty queen did not hide her disappointment and said: “I know it would have been nicer if I walked better.”

Nonetheless, Gray expressed thanks for her team that allowed her to put this concept together because she “wanted to show the Filipino artistry and all the inspiration I took from our country in the national costume.”

The national costume competition held on Monday, Dec. 10, was among the pre-pageant events before the coronation day on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand. /cbb

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