From Ibong Adarna to Mayon Volcano: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray pays tribute to home
Designer Mak Tumang showed in his Facebook post the research and labor that went into creating Catriona Gray's evening gown.
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From Ibong Adarna to Mayon Volcano: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray pays tribute to home

Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) - December 17, 2018 - 11:20am

MANILA, Philippines — For this year's coronation night, Miss Philippines Catriona Gray brought the Philippines’ Mayon Volcano to the Miss Universe stage.

Catriona sashayed in a fiery red gown that was inspired by the Mayon Volcano.

Mak Tumang, who made her gown, posted details of the stunning gown on his Facebook account at the same time that Catriona walked the stage at Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand.

“Today, Catriona is coming home. She is celebrating her roots – she is celebrating Albay! The prominent and iconic Mayon Volcano is the penultimate inspiration for this creation,” Mak said.

The designer recalled that according to tales, the volcano was named after a mythological character “Daragang Magayon” or beautiful lady.

“Catriona can be considered as the modern-day Daragang Magayon. She embodies the Filipina’s beauty, intelligence and burning passion,” Mak said.

During the pageant's evening gown preliminary competition, Catriona walked down the stage in a gown inspired by the Ibong Adarna.

Mak also posted a screen capture of his chat with Catriona who was asking him for her gown’s inspiration as early as March.

“I know it’s super early, just wanted to research, hehe,” Catriona said.

The Philippines’ bet won the admiration of historians when she showed the effort and research that went behind her costume for the national costume competition.

Catriona "brought" the entire Philippines when she donned her costume inspired by the Philippines' parol.

READ: In photos: Catriona Gray shows off Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao in national costume

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