MANILA—Philippines representative to Miss Eco International 2020 Kelley Day was a standout at the preliminaries of the beauty pageant held Friday night April 2 at Baron Resort Sharm El Sheikh in South Sinai, Egypt as she bagged the Best in National Costume award.
The 24-year-old Kapuso actress-model from Tarlac City looked amazing in her red national costume designed by Louis Pangilinan.
Kelley thanked the team that helped her with her national costume in her Instagram post after the preliminary competition.
This included her stylist Mikee Andrei and her glam team Jonas Lucas and Mila Gulfan, who taught her how to do her hairstyle and make-up for the national costume competition.
Kelley wrote, “Winning “Best National Costume” tonight just made me feel even MORE proud to be representing the Philippines.
“Thankful for all the hard work and creativity of the team that was behind this. [Philippine flag emoji]
“Thank you Miss Eco International for the recognition – this is for the Philippines! [three heart emojis]”
Meanwhile, in an Instagram post on Saturday morning, April 3, Louis said the inspiration behind his national costume for Kelley is Maria Clara, the fictional heroine in Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere.”
Louis posted, “With the country’s rich culture and history, the iconic attire of Philippines’ mestiza heroine named Maria Clara meets modern age.
“It’s a perfect spotlight for this traditional attire to be of style and fashion – the evidence of religiosity and spirituality of Filipinos into a Filipiniana costume.
“The rapid increase of modernity had been welcomed this age. This national dress is embellished with hand-painted art that can be flamboyantly seen by far and fully hand-embroidered.
“We topped it with topical Maria Clara’s bell sleeves premeditated with beads and crystals.
“Then we accentuated with tassels made from fibers extracted by hand and worked into fine threads woven together in a loom that makes it one of the exciting styles today, in a unique and quintessential way.
“Summing up the fear of being outdated, the touch of modernity on this Maria Clara national attire still implies purity, innocence and devout – words that define a modern Filipina.”
“It was such an honor to wear this beautiful creation in the National Costume Competition of Miss Eco International, Kelley said.”
Kelley also gave a stunning performance during the evening gown competition, which took place during the preliminaries.
The Pinay beauty queen channeled Elsa of “Frozen” in her midnight blue gown by Mikee Andrei.
Miss Eco International 2020 will be proclaimed on the pageant’s grand coronation night on Easter Sunday, April 4.
Filipina beauty queen-turned-actress Cynthia Thomalla won the pioneer edition of the pageant in 2018.
In 2019, Philippines representative Maureen Montagne finished first runner-up at the pageant’s second edition.
Roberta Ann “Ro-An” Tamondong was named Miss Eco Teen International 2020, on December 6, 2020.