As much as I want to cover one of Miss Universe event, (I can’t because of uber high-prized ticket and sold-out!!) as it is one of the biggest milestone of my country, I am always on a high spirit whenever Philippines are getting a good promotions from outside the country.
I was also got excited when last 19th of January when 29-candidates of Miss Universe flew to Davao City and had a chance to wear the gorgeous dresses for the Mindanao Tapestry Show held at SMX Convention Center Davao SM Lanang.
All designed by renowned Filipino Fashion Designers, the dresses are proudly showcased in a runway, making the world to see the beauty of the traditional weaving, created by the women of native tribes in Mindanao, painstakingly weaving the fabric for 3 to 15 days, depends on the stitches and designs of the fabric.
Yes it is a tough job and these native women are geniuses in creating these fabric. I myself got to awe when I met some of the weavers back in 2016 during the Manila FAME Exhibition I’ve attended. And I’ve seen that it is difficult to make.
If you find crocheting and cross-stitching are difficult, then traditional weaving is 5 times fold difficult!
Traditional weaving in Mindanao dates back hundreds of years ago, and I am so happy to witness their hands doing the magic. I also wished that this tradition wouldn’t vanished in our memory and hoping that the new generations of weavers will continue the traditions.
Their methods are divine, and I find their skills as a precious gift from nature.
And these gorgeous candidates are also lucky to wear these stunning dresses created by Filipino talents.
The fashion show was held at SMX Convention Center feauted the 6 looks representing the Six (6) regions of Mindanao: T'boli Weaves, Indigenous Cross-Stitches, Yakan Weaves, Tribal Weaves of Bukidnon, Royal Garb of Mandaya Tribe, and Inaul Ball Gowns of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
Inaul is a Maguindanaoan hand-woven fabric/textile which is traded and is worn by contemporary women in predominantly Muslim communities as well as the royalties and other people from many walks of life in their various social functions. It usually take 3-15 days to finish an Inaul fabric depending on the complexity of the design and pattern.
The Mindanao people are very and ecstatic during this fashion show including these ten (10) Davao-based designers are very proud, namely; Alfonso Boy Guinoo, Aztec Barba, Dodjie Batu, Emi Englis, Egay Ayag, Benjie Panizales, Edgar Buyan, Wilson Limon, Silverio Anglacer, and Kenny Ladaga.
And these ladies – Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Switzerland Dijana Cvijetic, Miss India Roshmitha Harimurthy, Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva, Miss Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara, Miss Paraguay Andrea Melgarejo, Miss Tanzania Jihan Dimack, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun, Miss Hungary Veronika Bodizs, and Miss Philippines Maxine Medina wore their designs.
Of course the renowned Filipino Fashion designer and legend Mother Renee Salud also showcased her gorgeous designed dresses, and proudly modelled by Miss Argentina Estefania Bernal, Miss Belgium Stephanie Gelfdof, Miss China Li Zhenying, Miss Ecuador Connie Jimenez, Miss Kazakhstan Darina Kulsitova, Miss Mexico Kristal Silva, Miss Russia Yuliana Korolkova, Miss Ukraine Alena Spodynyuk, Miss Czech Republic Andrea Bezdekova, Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser, Miss Honduras Sirey Moran, Miss Singapore Cheryl Chou, Miss Slovak Republic Zuzana Kollarova, Miss Turkey Tansu Cakir, Miss Venezuela Mairam Habach, Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw, Miss Namibia Lizelle Esterhuizen, and Miss Nigeria Unoaku Anyadike.
Pardon me, but they all looked like the living Barbie dolls walking around with these gorgeous dresses on the runway. The designed are exquisite, one of a kind and fit for these ladies representing their countries all over the world.
Photo credits: Philip Cuison Photography
Lesson learned from Iris: When you failed, stand up and elevated yourself, and keep on moving.