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
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.