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Philippines’ bet Catriona Gray wowed the Miss Universe crowd as she gracefully walked onstage during the pageant’s preliminary competition held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Designer Mak Tumang revealed some of his sketches for Gray’s evening gowns on Thursday, December 13. But of all the designs Tumang created for the beauty queen, Gray decided to wear the Ibong Adarna-inspired gown.

Catriona Gray of the Philippines competes in the evening gown competition during the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok on December 13, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

According to Tumang, aside for the Ibong Adarna the gown is also inspired by the Phoenix and the Mikimoto Crown.

“The ‘Ibong Adarna’ is a mythological pulchritudinous bird that could change in several fascinating guises. Its enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth.

“Catriona has a resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country: the Philippines!” he wrote.

Here are some of the photos posted by Mak Tumang on his Facebook account:

The very detailed design is inspired by the feathers of the Ibon Adarna and Phoenix.

Mark Tumang’s sketch of the Adarna gown.

The 67th Miss Universe coronation night is happening on December 17, Monday (Manila time) at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Catriona Gray stuns in Miss Universe prelims

The country’s representative Catriona Gray, set the stage on fire as she walked gracefully during the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary swimsuit and long gown competition on Thursday night.

Posted by MANILA BULLETIN on Thursday, December 13, 2018

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