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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Catriona in ‘Ibong Adarna’-inspired gown

/ 04:44 PM December 14, 2018
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Catriona in ‘Ibong Adarna’-inspired gown

Catriona Gray dons an “Ibong Adarna”-inspired evening gown IG PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray donned an “Ibong Adarna”-inspired evening gown as she walked the international pageant stage Thursday night.

“My preliminary gown was inspired by the ‘Ibong Adarna,’ a prominent Filipino folklore that is a mythologicalnous bird,” Gray said in an Instagram post on Friday.

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IBONG ADARNA 🧡🇵🇭 The Blazing Siren by @maktumang My preliminary gown was inspired by the 'Ibong Adarna': a prominent Filipino folklore that is a mythologicalnous bird. Story goes, the Ibong Adarna's 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. 🇵🇭🔥 My earrings were designed by me and executed by @tesserajewelry as another ode to the Philippines with the Philippine sun and golden South sea pearls, our national gem. 🇵🇭 Thank you to @maktumang for his amazing craftsmanship and exquisite execution of this gown, to @justine.aliman19 and @ton_lao for styling in @bragaisjojo heels and @tesserajewelry. Thank you to mamang @hairbybrentsales and @jellyeugenio for teaching me to slay my hair and makeup! And to @carlosbuendiajr, the man behind my walk 🌋 I love you all!!!

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The 24-year-old beauty queen shared how the “Ibong Adarna’s” voice “can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it.”

She added: “Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence.”

Gray said this is why the gown, designed by Mak Tumang, is a “fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth.”

Meanwhile, Tumang described Gray as the “blazing Adarna” because she uses her voice to “influence, advance her timely causes” in an Instagram post on Thursday.

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ADARNA: The Blazing Siren 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! Inspired from the Philippine Adarna Bird, Phoenix & Mikimoto Crown #MissUniverse2018 #Philippines #PreliminaryGown

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Tumang added: “Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does.”

Gray will try to win the country’s fourth Miss U crown this coming December 17 at Bangkok, Thailand./ac

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