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Catriona Gray commemorative stamp out soon, third gown revealed.

Following Catriona Gray's win as Miss Universe 2018, Philippine Postal (PhilPost) Corporation is set to release a stamp bearing her image as they did with Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), and Pia Wurtzbach (2015) who all brought home the crown from that pageant as well.

PhilPost hopes that with this, people would be more interested to still send letters instead of just texting messages or doing it online.

In other news, aside from Catriona's LuzViMinda videos, national costume, and lava walk, Mak Tumang has got the world buzzing with the release of a a video of the beauty queen in the third gown she would have worn at the pageant held recently in Bangkok, Thailand.

Called the "Perla Oriente" gown, the designer's post also showed the sketches and a recount of how it was made.

The caption read: "Pearl of the Orient Seas is the byname given to our beautiful country, the Philippines. Even our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal referred the country with this sobriquet in his poem: Mi ultimo adios. Aside from the fact that our country is one of the largest producers of pearls, the Philippines is truly a gem! It is beautiful, enchanting and captivating. Indeed a high value and rare pearl!"

Mak added the piece "is an extolment of the Philippines." He hopes to further encourage Filipinos to be proud of their roots.

"May we always treasure and cherish it as this is and will always be our 'Bayang Magiliw...Perlas ng Silanganan,'" he said.

Recall that Catriona's preliminary gown was inspired by the Philippines' Ibong Adarna, a mythological bird that could change into several fascinating guises.

"Its enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth," Mak said back then.

Mak maintained Catriona has always had a "resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit."

"Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country: the Philippines!" his post read.

The gown, partly inspired too by the Phoenix and the Mikimoto Crown, was made of embroidered gold feather patterns encrusted with genuine Swarovski crystals in hyacinth, fire opal, topaz, jonquil aurora borealis, and topaz aurora borealis.

The red evening gown Catriona wore on finals night was inspired by the Mayon Volcano in her hometown, Albay.

"Today, Catriona is coming home. She is celebrating her roots - she is celebrating Albay! The prominent and iconic Mayon Volcano is the penultimate inspiration for this creation. It is dubbed as the 'perfect cone' because of its symmetric conical form. Folk tales have it that it was named after the mythological heroine 'Daragang Magayon' (Beautiful Lady). Despite its pulchritude is the fact that it is the most active volcano in the Philippines erupting numerous times in the past half a millennium," Mak said during the competition.

He thinks Catriona is the modern-day Daragang Magayon as "she embodies the Filipina's beauty, intelligence and burning passion."

"This lady is definitely on fire! Watch her erupt right before your very eyes and let the lava of grace, goodness and hope flow," he said back then.


Commemorative stamp of former Miss Universe winners from the Philippines (from left): Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, and Pia Wurtzbach

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray wearing the Pearla Oriente gown (Photos from Mak Tumang's official Facebook account)

Mak Tumang's actual (top) and sketches (bottom) of Catriona's Miss Universe's gowns
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Date:Dec 28, 2018
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