LOOK: Bb. Pilipinas celebrates heritage with national costumes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) — The most beautiful women in the country celebrated Filipino heritage as they sashayed across the stage donning iconic national costumes.

Among those who stood out during the Binibining Pilipinas' National Costume Competition at the Kia Theater in Cubao Saturday was Leyte's Samantha Avestruz, who wore an innovative costume made of banig and other indigenous materials representing her province.

"Ito taklob we use to catch fish, tapos ito banig, we sleep on. Taklob plus banig equals Leyte," Avestruz said.

(Translation: The taklob is used to catch fish, and the banig (woven mat), we sleep on. Taklob plus banig equals Leyte.)


Meanwhile, former De La Salle volleyball player Michele Gumabao showed off a stunning black terno.

"I wanted to deviate from the normal strong warrior personality I have. But I wanted to be a Philippine Eagle that's why there are feathers and it's mostly black," Gumabao said.


Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray donned a regal Maranao princess costume as tribute to Marawi.

"Everything about Marawi has been synonymous with negativity, it's nice to bring back the beauty of the culture that is Marawi," Gray said.


At the end of the night, 10 ladies were awarded the Best National Costume, including Avestruz, Gumabao, and Gray.


The Binibining Pilipinas coronation night happens on March 18, Sunday.