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Our top 10 picks at the Binibining Pilipinas 2023 National Costume competition

By Ratziel San Juan Published May 18, 2023 9:50 pm

The Binibining Pilipinas 2023 contestants have showcased their national costumes live at Quezon City's New Frontier Theater today.

This was part of the pre-pageant press presentation and national costume fashion show held on May 18 leading up to the Binibining Pilipinas 2023 coronation night on May 28.

Of the 40 contestants this year, a handful managed to stand out among the assortment of attires symbolizing the Philippines' rich cultural heritage.

Here are our top picks at the Binibining Pilipinas 2023 National Costume competition.

Bb. 13 Samantha Bug-os

The costume showcases Oriental Mindoro icons: the Mangyan, Halcon, Tamaraw, and Naujan Lake.

Bb. 15 Jessilen Salvador

The costume depicts Maniwantiwan against the backdrop of a colonial vessel made out of thousands of wooden beads and crystal.

Bb. 17 Tracy Bedua

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The costume's highlight is the karetela to symbolize diligence, strength, and resilience.

Bb. 20 Julian Reyes

The costume depicts the sorrow and pain of revolutionary Gregoria Montoya and other Caviteños during the Spanish war.

Bb. 25 Yesley Cabanos

The costume is crafted from newspapers individually rolled by hand to symbolically carry the story of the Philippines and its people.

Bb. 26 Rheema Adakkoden

The costume envisions the classic Filipina worker as depicted in cultural art pieces.

Bb. 27 Zeah Pala

The costume celebrates how Tarlac embraces the future while honoring its history and culture, featuring endemic grass and a symbolic festival in the province.

Bb. 32 Sharmaine Magdasoc

The costume depicts the famous EDSA Shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Memory to symbolize freedom and rapid economic growth.

Bb. 33 Katrina Johnson

The costume shows a handpainted Waling-waling to represent nature's beauty and cultural abundance.

Bb. 35 Sofia Galve

The costume depicts the suman, mangga, kasoy, and "HAMAKA" to illustrate the diligent and hardworking nature of their community.