In a Facebook post on Monday, designer Mak Tumang explained the inspiration of the red crystal-embellished gown.
“She is celebrating her roots – she is celebrating Albay! The prominent and iconic Mayon Volcano is the penultimate inspiration for this creation,” Tumang wrote.
He added: “Folk tales have it that it was named after the mythological heroine ‘Daragang Magayon’ (Beautiful Lady). Despite its pulchritude is the fact that it is the most active volcano in the Philippines erupting numerous times in the past half a millennium.”
Tumang also described how Gray can be considered as the “modern-day Daragang Magayon” because “she embodies the Filipina’s beauty, intelligence and burning passion.”
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