Last Thursday was Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s homecoming parade, and we couldn’t help but be in awe of how gorgeous she looked that day. It wasn’t just her face that won us over, though. Her outfit and her accessories also caught our eye.
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Philippines! Thank you for celebrating with me! This is a day I'll never forget, mahal ko kayo sobra sobra. 🇵🇭🥰🤩😭❤️🌋🎉 #CatrionaHomecoming @bbpilipinasofficial #MissUniverse @missuniverse Photo @bruce.casanova Terno by @maktumang styled by @justine.aliman19 earrings @tesserajewelry glam @jellyeugenio @hairbybrentsales nails @mimsqiu ✨
The dress was made by designer Mak Tumang, who shared more photos of the outfit on social media. In one of his posts, he described the sampaguita-inspired jumpsuit as follows: “The Sampaguita; also known as Philippine Jasmine, is the national flower of our beautiful country – the Philippines. Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words ‘sumpa kita,’ which means ‘I promise you. This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial. Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home’. You know you are home when its distinct sweet and aromatic fragrance tickles your olfactory sense. Moreover, the flowers are usually slung and made into leis which are used to welcome dignitaries or are being peddled in front of churches so as to become offerings.”
The Philippines’ national leaf, the anahaw, is also part of the outfit. “It is but fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw – our national leaf,” the post said. “Catriona will wear this Philippine Terno which is a Callado (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves. Welcome home Catriona! Thank you for the fulfilled promise of making the Filipino people proud! Mabuhay!”
Mak also dressed Catriona Gray for the Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Universe finals.
Catriona also wore stunning diamond earrings from Tessera Jewelry that shone with Philippine pride, being inspired by the rays of the sun on the Philippine flag.
Tessera Jewelry has created accessories for Catriona since Binibining Pilipinas, including the ear cuff with the three stars and the sun. Catriona also had another parade on Saturday, as well as a tribute show on Sunday.