Catriona Gray will be going on her metro-wide parade — the first of two parades — today, Thursday, February 21.
On Instagram, her fashion designer Mak Tumang shared what the Miss Universe will be wearing: A sampaguita-inspired modern terno.
According to Mak, "it is but fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw – our national leaf."
He continued, "Catriona will wear this Philippine Terno which is a “Callado” (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves."
Why sampaguita? According to Mak, the etymology of the flower's name "was derived from the Filipino words "sumpa kita" which mean '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."
Beautiful! — LA, GMA News