Jenny Ramp of Tarlac showed her love for the Philippine carabao as she stunned in a national costume inspired by the country's symbolic animal for Miss Earth 2022.
At the recently livestreamed NATCOS segment of the prestigious beauty pageant, Ramp struck some poses in a grassy field as she donned an ensemble that represented the Carabao Festival, which is celebrated in several parts of the country every May.
Designed by Nere Ku, her costume came with a prop that gave her an illusion that she had transformed into the animal itself.
"The carabao is a water buffalo found in Southeast Asian countries, like the Philippines. It has a special place in Filipino culture, symbolizing hard work and perseverance, traits that are dear to people of Philippine heritage. That is why the carabao is a symbolic animal of the Philippines," Ramp wrote in a Facebook post as she shared more pictures of her chosen costume.
"Carabaos are warmly associated with farmers as their helper especially during harvest 'MASAGANANG ANI,'" she added.
The judges of the preliminary competition included award-winning fashion designers Eric Pineda, Jelena Antanasijević, Laura Crow, and Sonwabile Ndamase.
According to the organization, the audience can participate in determining who gets to bring home the Best in National Costume award by liking and reacting or sharing the national costume photo of their favorite Miss Earth 2022 delegate.
Ramp took home the Miss Philippines Earth crown back in August and became the country's representative for the international beauty pageant to be held on Nov. 29 at Cove Manila in Okada, Parañaque City. The Filipina beauty is in a bid to win the fifth Miss Earth crown for the country.
In the pageant's Fauna Outfit Competition held on Oct. 29, Ramp stunned in a costume inspired by the Philippine hanging parrot, which has been categorized as critically endangered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.