Philippine representative Catriona Gray was a head-turner during the preliminary night of Miss Universe 2018 with her Mak Tumang gown. Aside from the live viewers, netizens couldn’t help but gush over the beautiful Ibong Adarna –inspired gown.
The fashion designer shared a closer look of the gown which showed how intricate the design was. Mak then shared the backstory of the gown.
“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,” he wrote.
He then compared the beautiful characteristics of an Ibong Adarna to Catriona whom he described as “resilient, tenacious, and has 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 willpower 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!”