Pitoy Moreno: Farewell to a Binibining Pilipinas Stalwart

Sad news upon receiving the passing of Binibining Pilipinas stalwart and Fashion Czar of Asia, Jose “Pitoy” Moreno. He was 87 years old.

In memory and in salute to his contributions to Philippine pageantry, this post is a photo-collage of his works during his stint at Bb. Pilipinas.

This gown was the gown worn by Binibining Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales during the Bb. Pilipinas 1994 pageant held in November 1993. The national pageant was moved earlier due to preparations for the 1994 Miss Universe pageant. The gown was later worn by Karylle during the Metro Society Tribute show for Pitoy.
Pitoy dressed up Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1993 Melinda “Dindi” Gallardo both in Binibining Pilipinas and in Miss Universe. He later revealed in a 1994 article with Inquirer that Dindi “had no business loosing in Miss Universe” that year… Dindi was a favorite in Mexico as she was seen at the front of the stage during the opening. In the 90’s most of the crown favorites and MU favorites were placed at the front of the stage.
In 2013, during the 50th Anniversary of the pageant, the #BinibiniGold candidates were dressed up in creations of the Fashion Czar during the annual Jag Fashion Show. It was said that this was the time when pageant fans noticed SMA clapping for Ariella Arida who was later to win Miss Universe Philippines.
During the Alfreado Barraza years of BPCI (circa 1999-2014) only in 2012 did we see Pitoy Moreno’s creation as a national costume in Miss Universe.¬† Note that the crown worn by Janine would later be used as the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational crown. Way before Barraza up until the mid 90’s, most of the Philippine reps to Miss Universe wore national costumes by the Fashion Czar of Asia.
This costume is a mix of Maranao influences with a malong ornately decorated in chinoiserie embroidery (made famous worldwide through the Manton de Manila). Not known to many, aside from Miss Universe Margie Moran (who worn this for a Philippine Tatler spread), the gown part was previously worn by Jeanette Fernando in Bb. Pilipinas 1993 and Kristine Florendo in 1997.
One of the most iconic costumes ever designed by Pitoy Moreno is this Manobo and T’boli inspired costume. Worn by Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up Ali Forbes at the Binibini Gold fashion show, this was also paraded in a tribute show to Pitoy several months before. This iconic pageant national costume worn by Charlene Gonzales in Miss Universe 1994 is the only Philippine costume to win the Best in National Costume award in MU.



#MANicMondays: Mister Tourism World 2017, Joshua Lennet

25 year old Mister Tourism World is Borneo’s Joshua Lennet and he is the main feature of our #PhotoCollageoftheDay today…

* He is quite tall, standing at 5’11” (180cm) tall.
* He is a fitness buff winning Mister Fitness at Mister Universal Ambassador Malaysia in 2016 and Mister Physique at Mister Sarawak Ethnic London.

* One of his favorites quotes is “Things happen for a Reason”…
* He is multi-lingual, speaking English, Bahasa Malaysia, Sabahan, Sarawak Malay, and Kayan languages
* He obtained a Diploma in Civil Engineering at the UiTM, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak and an Advanced Diploma in Oil Production & Gas at the Institute of Petroleum Technology Petronas.

#PhotoCollage of the Day: Rachel Peters in MU2017 Top Gowns

I chanced upon these photos on Facebook, somebody named Raphy Yecyec edited Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters’ face into the photographs of the Miss Universe 2017 top 5 in their evening gowns.

NOTE: Keysi Sayago’s evening gown was from the bridal brand Pronovias. The original design of the gown didn’t have the sweetheart inner on the upper part of the torso.

The results are surprisingly good as if no matter what gown Rachel wore, she would all look good on them. This is not a surprise considering Rachel has one of the most enviable body proportions among the Miss Universe semifinalists of 2017. It has something to do with her long legs and whistle-bait figure. Enjoy these photos!

Here is Rachel in her Val Taguba gown side by side with those of Thailand and South Africa’s gowns…

PhotoCollage of the Day: Miss International 2017 Kevin Liliana

One of the prettiest winners of 2017 is Kevin Liliana (who was trained by Sir Rodgil Flores himself). And today we are posting a collage of her photos taken by FD photography… check them out!

This is Kevin in her winning gown in Miss International…

Here is a bonus video of her in a shoot with FD Photography…

PhotoCollage of the Day: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at Miss Universe Pt.3

Here is Demi Leigh leading up to the coronation… The 5’7″ Miss Universe winner from South Africa bested 91 other candidates for the title.

*Note: Look at how Miss South Africa’s hands are on top. According to urban myths, those that have their hands on top during the final 2 usually wins…

Below are photos from the press conference after the Miss Universe finals. The press conference was held at the Melrose 1 ballroom of the Planet Hollywood at the Mezzanine floor.