Majority of the Filipino fans complained about the national costumes used by the Philippines at Miss Universe. One contentious issue is the nationality of the designer. These fans insist that a Filipino should design the national costumes of Filipinas competing at Miss Universe. Since 2012, Bb. Pilipinas had been giving the Best in National Costume Award wherein each candidate wears creations by local designers. However, none of the costumes made it to the Miss Universe pageant. The question now is – had the Filipinas used the winning costume designed by Filipinos could they have fared any better instead of using a Barraza or a Pitoy Moreno? Here’s a quick look at the winning costumes at Bb. Pilipinas versus on what was used at the Miss Universe pageant.


Edwin Uy’s tribal inspired costume versus Pitoy Moreno’s Maranao princess


Modern interpretation of terno by Abbog Ocampo versus stylized terno by Alfredo Barraza



Carey Santiago’s terno complete with parasol versus the controversial terno by Alfredo Barraza


The winning entry this year was designed by Frederick Peralta


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