Paolo Ballesteros designed the national costume of one of this year's Bb. Pilipinas candidates.
According to Bb. Pilipinas, the actor and host designed the "Higantes Queen" costume of Rizal representative Honey Cartasano.
In the notes from the actor posted on the Facebook page of Bb. Pilipinas, Paolo said that he took inspiration from the Higantes festival when creating the costume.
"An interpretation of the traditional Maria Clara costume inspired by the giants of Angono’s Higantes festival," Paolo said in the note.
He added, "This joyous event is celebrated every 4th week of November, where paper maché or "higantes" are paraded on the streets of this historic town."
Paolo shared that the costume is made from piña cloth.
"The material used is traditional piña highlighting its remarkable characteristic, the fibrosity," he remarked.
He further relayed that the costume represents the rich culture of Rizal.
"As she turns around, Maria Clara is transformed into a bright, colorful and towering Higantes we see during the annual parade. A unique piece, emblematic of Rizal's rich culture," he said.
Meanwhile, Honey took to social media to express her gratitude to Paolo for creating her national costume.
"The Higantes Queen is finally out! I can't wait for everyone to see and know more about my national costume but let’s leave it as it is for now and wait a little longer for the actual presentation. For now I just want to thank the person behind my national costume @pochoy_29!" she said.
"Thank you so much for the opportunity to wear another masterpiece showcasing one of our province's BIG and colorful festival," she remarked.