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WATCH: Paolo Ballesteros designed a national costume for Rizal’s Bb. Pilipinas candidate

/ 01:30 PM June 15, 2021
Paolo Ballesteros Binibini National costume

Paolo Ballesteros and Binibining Pilipinas candidate Honey Cartasano. Images: Instagram/@pochoy_29

Paolo Ballesteros proudly showed off his Higantes festival-inspired design for the national costume of Binibining Pilipinas Rizal Honey Cartasano, as the beauty pageant draws near.

“Mga Dabarkads! Eto na yung dinesign ko for [Honey Cartasano] sa [Binibining Pilipinas]. Vote na for Best in National Costume,” the “Eat Bulaga” host said. (Dabarkads! Here’s what I designed for Honey Cartasano for Binibining Pilipinas. Vote for [her in] Best in National Costume.)

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Ballesteros’ announcement also displayed a video of Cartasano modeling the massive blue and gold dress which was shaped like paper mache higantes.

Cartasano explained during the pageant’s national costume presentation that her gown was a “depiction of the traditional Maria Clara dress” made from piña fabric. She then showed the back of her costume, which had a replica of the face of a giant puppet, same with those paraded during the Higantes festival.

“A fusion of the Maria Clara and the Higantes, using the framework and the massiveness of the Higantes under the Maria Clara dress,” she stated.

This is not the first time Ballesteros designed a national costume for a beauty pageant. He also designed a terno for Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 candidate Agatha Romero.

The Binibining Pilipinas coronation night will be hosted by beauty queens Catriona Gray and Nicole Cordoves. It will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 11.

The pageant will award four crowns: Binibining Pilipinas International, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental and Binibining Pilipinas Globe. JB

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