MANILA — (UPDATED) Miss Universe Philippines candidates showcased on Thursday a colorful, modern take on the pre-war Manila Carnival, through the pageant’s national costume show.
Released as a music video, with the new BGYO track “Kulay,” the show saw the 28 candidates taking turns to display craftsmanship inspired by the theme, “Manila Carnival Queen.”
The candidates were divided into four groups: National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Aside from the candidates’ names and areas they represent, the names of the costumes' designers were also shown for each turn.
“For the National Costume presentation, we wanted a fresher and younger vibe by doing a fashion music video,” Voltair Tayag, the pageant’s director of communications, told ABS-CBN News.
“We featured modernized forms of the Manila Carnival Queen theme that all the ladies were required to have,” he said.
“Having a mix of old traditions presented in a new way makes for a more interesting experience. You can watch it repeatedly like a music fashion video.”
The national costume show is one of three major preliminary activities leading up to coronation day.
The preliminary interviews will be held on September 24, while the swimsuit and evening gown competition is scheduled on September 26.
The re-scheduled coronation date has yet to be announced.
Rabiya Mateo, who placed in the top 21 of the 2020 Miss Universe pageant, will crown her successor.