Missosology has long discouraged the use of ridiculously large national costumes in pageants. Not only are humongous costumes a logistical nightmare, these can injure and pose health risks to the contestants.

It was a welcome move that the Miss Universe Philippines organization decided to regulate its national costume show this year, with the Manila Carnival Queens as its theme. Without the need for oversized props, the candidates were able to showcase “the Filipina beauty, heritage, and artistry” without infringing the artistic freedom of the designers.

With these considerations in mind, Missosology’s panel of editors and analysts came up with our Top 15 costumes:

15 Masbate | Kirsten Danielle Delavin

14 Angeles City | Mirjan Hipolito

13 Marinduque | Simone Nadine Bornilla

12 Makati | Isabelle De Los Santos

11 Iloilo City | Kheshapornam Ramachandran

10 Cavite | Victoria Velasquez Vincent

9 Misamis Oriental | Chella Falconer

8 Manila | Izabella Jasmine Umali

7 Cebu Province | Steffi Rose Aberasturi

6 Taguig | Katrina Dimaranan

5 Albay | Janela Joy Cuaton

4 Laguna | Leren Mae Bautista

3 Pangasinan | Maureen Christa Wroblewitz

2 Cebu City | Beatrice Luigi Gomez

1 Romblon | Jane Nicole Miñano