ILOILO CITY - A fashion designer from Iloilo City was chosen to design gowns for several candidates of the Miss Universe New Zealand beauty pageant.
Sidney Eculla is now back in Iloilo City after his nine-day stint in New Zealand. He was chosen to dress 20 candidates for the evening gown competition in the beauty contest.
He said he is honored to be trusted by the organization, adding that it was also a humbling experience for a designer like him who came from the province.
Eculla hails from the town of Igbaras and entered the seminary when he was in college. His love for art was evident early on since he came from a very artistic family.
Eculla is now preparing for a fiber showcase in Iloilo and will return to New Zealand to design the dress of the national winner for the international pageant.