MANILA – Michele Gumabao is a vision in gold as she posed in her national costume for Miss Globe 2018.
Designer Nat Manilag shared a photo of Gumabao wearing his creation, which is inspired by the legendary sarimanok – a “sheer tulle pencil-cut with knee-high slit and ball skirt train modern Filipiniana with fully embellished hand embroidery details.”
Finishing the look is a sarimanok headdress and a matching cuff encrusted with Swarovski crystals and feathers.
Here’s a look:
Manilag also shared a video showing Gumabao talking about her Miss Globe 2018 National Costume in Albania.
“My designer for my international pageant here was also my designer back home for Binibining Pilipinas where I won Binibining Pilipinas Globe. He’s Nat Manilag. I still wanted to maintain that terno which is the national outfit, national costume. You always see that terno, called also a Filipiniana. And I wanted to have a twist, and Nat thought of having a sarimanok,” Gumabao said.
“Sarimanok is very popular with national costumes in the Philippines and it’s very bongga because it’s gold. And I just fell in love with it the first time I saw it,” she added. “His (Manilag’s) twist was the chicken on my arm because the usual is on your head… I had it for the whole day so I think my arm is asleep until now.”
“So I had the chicken over here (points to head), and another one on my arm. It’s really heavy, but it looks beautiful.”
The Miss Globe 2018 coronation night will be held at the Amphitheater of Tirana in Albania on October 21.
Gumabao’s predecessor, Nelda Ibe, finished first runner-up in last year’s Miss Globe pageant, behind Vietnamese beauty Khanh Ngan.
Ann Colis is the only Filipina who has won the Miss Globe crown. She competed in 2015.