One huge factor in Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s crowning moment, held this Monday in Bangkok, Thailand, was her fiery evening gown created by none other than Filipino designer, Mak Tumang.
The beauty queen slayed on stage wearing a scarlet floor-length gown that took inspiration from Mayon Volcano, an active volcano and famous landmark in her very own birthplace, Albay, Bicol.
— Catriona Gray (@catrionaelisaaa) December 17, 2018
Mak is the same designer who created Catriona’s ensemble for the Preliminary Competition of the annual pageant held last Thursday – an intricate masterpiece inspired by the eponymous magical bird Ibong Adarna from Philippine folklore – which she described as “a fitting symbol of resilience, rising, and rebirth”.
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!!!
own itself, Catriona’s famed ear cuff, “Three Stars and the Sun” by Tessera Jewelry, which she debuted in the 2018 Binibining Pilipinas last March, also took center stage.
The Filipino-Australian beauty officially just succeeded Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa as the new reigning queen, making her the fourth Filipina to ever hold the title.