Visayas is represented in Catriona Gray's costume by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from the patterns used by the "Pintados" who are indigenous peoples found in the island. (Photo courtesy of Emver P. Cortez/OIC, PIA InfoComm)

Quincentennial lecture features Ms. U 2018 Catriona Gray’s national costume

The national costume worn by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray during the pageant will be featured at the 2nd Quincentennial Lecture Series on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Bellavista Hotel, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.

According to the National Quincentennial Committee, the Lapulapu-time, Visayan warrior-inspired National Costume will be displayed for public viewing and will be featured during lecture the dubbed as “The World of Lapulapu”. 

During the event, Dr. Jose Eleazar R. Bersales, head curator at the University of San Carlos Museum will discuss the social life, customs, world view, and environment of Lapulapu’s time in relation to the world of our Visayan ancestors before Spanish colonization that started through the Magellan-Elcano expedition. 

The national costume worn by Catriona Gray during the Miss Universe 2018 competition created international and local awareness on the Philippine’s rich pre-colonial history.

Though as a whole, the costume symbolizes the three major island groups in the Philippines, the feature on the Visayas part will be given more prominence during the lecture.

Besides the characteristics of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao in her costume, it also followed the theme “Magdiwang, Lumaban, Pagyamanin.”

Visayas is represented in Catriona Gray’s costume by a body suit with authentic “tattoo designs” embellished with crystals derived from the patterns used by the “Pintados” who are indigenous peoples found in the island.

The tattoo paterns are authentic and based from the manuscript “Boxer Codex” written 1590.

“The suit of Catriona Gray represented the Visayas with “Lumaban” concept. “The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, the perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst the trials we face in this day and age,” Carlos Buendia, Jr. Catriona Gray’s mentor, explained explained in his Instagram post.

The National Quincentennial Committee leads the government’s initiative for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on April 27, 2021 as the country’s part in the celebration of the first circumnavigation of the world, and other related events.

The Committee focuses on a more Filipino-centric context regarding the first circumnavigation of the world by emphasizing the magnanimity and humanity of our ancestors.

The lecture will be live streamed through the National Quincentennial Committee’s Facebook Page starting 9:00 am.

This event is in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Lapu-Lapu City Government, and The Bellavista Hotel Mactan.

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