MANILA—Philippine bet Samantha Panlilio wowed the audience in her national costume for the Miss Grand International 2021 pageant.
During the national costume competition on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, the 25-year-old beauty queen transformed into a colorful “Paru-paro” for Thailand-based pageant.
Her costume was inspired by the “Paru-paro Festival” of Dasmariñas City, her hometown in Cavite.
“Paru-paro” or butterfly is the official insignia of Dasmariñas City, which symbolizes the city’s metamorphosis from a barrio to one of the fast-developing cities in the country.
Three Filipino fashion designers teamed up for Samantha’s national costume. Laguna-based fashion designer Louis Pangilinan designed the hand-beaded suit and leg straps, Santino Rivera made Samantha’s colorful butterfly wings, while Jojo Bragais designed the high heels that completed her look.
After the national costume competition, Samantha uploaded a video that showed her wearing the paru-paro costume on stage.
She wrote in her post’s caption, “thank you to my National costume designers for this divine creation! @santinorivera @louispangilinan.ph [butterfly emoji]”
Before flying to Thailand for the pageant, Samantha also had a photo shoot that showcased her national costume in its full glory.
Her photos were shot by fashion photographers Seven Barretto, Claude Villahermosa, and Dariel Miraflor. The creative direction was done by art director Erwin Botin.
Celebrity and beauty queen stylists Mac Intia, Miss Keith, and Angelica Omos dressed her up for the photo shoot. Meanwhile, her glam team included Drew Galleguez for makeup and Aries Manal for her hair.
Samantha is vying for the country’s first win at the Miss Grand International pageant.
USA’s Abena Appiah will pass the crown to her successor on the pageant’s grand coronation night on Saturday, December 4, 2021.