The Sinulog Festival Queens Costume Exhibit opens at the Ayala Center Cebu

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Awe-inspiring masterpieces from six of Cebu’s most sought-after costume designers are on display for Ayala Center Cebu’s Sinulog Festival Queens Costume Exhibit. 

Leading the lineup is designer Danny Booc’s “The Bibingka Vendor” creation which won the Best in National Costume award at the 2020 Miss Universe Philippines Pageant. Inspired by the vendors of bibingka, the famous rice cake which Mandaue is known for he costume earned the judges’ nod with its skillful use of rattan and raffia fiber, abaca ropes, dried anahaw leaves and wooden beads. It was worn by Miss Mandaue Lou Dominique Piczon during last year’s MUP pageant.

A stunning piece by designer Axel Que, the “Cristo del Sagrado Corazon” takes its inspiration from the heart in the Sacred Heart of Jesus image, mixed with elements of Mexican art. Featuring mostly handmade and intricate details, the costume depicts the extravagance and colorfulness of religion. Also by Que is the eye-catching Flight of Colors ensemble, which is about the magnificence of the peacock and is embellished by small green rhinestones and cut beads. 

Sinulog Festival Queen 2012 Apriel Smith (third from left) with Jia Sadol, Ayala Center Cebu General Manager and the designers.

Exhibit-goers are sure to marvel at designer Malayka Yamas’ three beautiful creations. One is a structured capiz costume in soft blue while another is an ethnic-inspired beaded ensemble in Sinulog colors. The third one, which is inspired by the stained glass windows in churches, was worn by Sinulog Festival 2020 first runner-up Jeselle Saniel. 

Not to be missed is designer Lyndon Adolfo’s National Costume for Miss Cebu Province Apriel Smith at the 2020 Miss Universe Philippines pageant. It is inspired by Lisuga (light), the Visayan goddess of the star, who used her light-emitting tattooed body to defend her people. His two other designs are the white and silver Best Costume winner at the Dagitab Festival 2019 and the Pintados-themed National Costume worn by the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Princess of the World pageant held in Bulgaria.

The beauty and diversity of marine life are highlighted in designer Jongz Loquinario’s Queen of the Seas costume.

Designer Menguito Bjay is showcasing two costumes, one of which is a sea-themed creation which won the Best in Festival Costume at the virtual Dinagat Festival 2020. The other one depicts an angel warrior in silver, white and blue.

Gracing the opening of the exhibit on January 8, 2021 was Miss Cebu Province 2020, Binibining Cebu 2017 and Sinulog Festival Queen 2012 Apriel Smith.

On display at Ayala Center Cebu Level 1, near The Face Shop and Cotton On, the Sinulog Festival Queen Costume Exhibit will run until January 31, 2021. (Press Release | Photos by Gianne Anciano.)

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