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MJ Lastimosa on national costume: ‘I’d rather keep my mouth shut!’

Proving herself a truly worthy contender for the Miss Universe crown, Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa declined to comment on the controversial, and much-panned, national costume she wore during the pageant.

In an interview with columnist Ricky Lo, Lastimosa was asked for her reactions to the blame storm regarding the gown. The beauty queen merely laughed and said, “I'd rather keep my mouth shut!”

Elswhere in the interview, Lastimosa expressed a graceful acceptance of her Top 10 status.

The national costume was designed by Colombian Alfredo Barraza. The decision to turn to a foreign designer instead of a local one for Lastimosa's national costume and evening gown prompted many Filipino netizens to call for Colombian-born Binibining Pilipinas pageant head Stella Marquez-Araneta's resignation. — Vida Cruz/BM, GMA News