MANILA, Philippines—The reigning Miss Earth Philippines, Yllana Marie Aduana, once again championed sustainability by sporting a recycled dress at the Third Philippine Pageant Ball held at the Fiesta Pavilion at Manila Hotel on September 6 .
The lab scientist turned beauty queen hit the red carpet in a skintight, long-sleeved white number with bold cutouts revealing her toned abdomen and part of her hips, designed by Ken Batino and Jevin Salaysay. “This is a sustainably put together outfit, so these are the pieces from before. So we’re just waiting for the right moment to wear this one. I think it’s the perfect outfit for tonight,” she told INQUIRER.net in an interview.
With a bold wardrobe choice, Aduana said she dieted for three days to achieve this. She championed sustainable fashion throughout her Miss Philippines Earth journey, wearing upcycled pieces at almost every opportunity she could get. In the final competition, she presented a dress adorned with 5,000 safety pins.
Aduana also said that what attracted her to the ball was its cause. “I heard this ball is really cause-driven, this one is a party with a cause.” And so, as the queen of ‘makakalikasang’ (earth-friendly), as someone who is very advocacy-oriented, I always support events that actually promote causes,” she explained.
The Philippine Pageant Ball is organized by Prime Event Productions Philippines (PEPPS) Foundation Inc. to raise funds for its advocacy projects that help promote education. It also serves as the official gala event for the Misters of the Philippines pageant that the foundation organizes every year.
Delegates to the 10th annual men’s competition paraded in a fashion show featuring the collections of designers Ryan Chris, Erjohn Dela Serna and Norman Acuba. Aduana advised the gentlemen to “just be yourselves, enjoy the process and always remember that you are not only representing yourself, but also the people around you, your community and also your actions of defense “.
The beauty queen also shared her appreciation for the emergence of men-only competitions. “Men’s competitions are indeed emerging to break down barriers, I feel it. Because the pageants started only for women, so they become more inclusive,” she said.
“I think it’s a great representation of the fact that our world is constantly evolving, which is why we’re also giving the platform to men, to emerge and break barriers. I think it’s time we also give men a platform in the world of pageantry,” she added.
Aduana will represent the Philippines in the 23rd Miss Earth pageant in Vietnam on December 16. She will attempt to maintain the country’s impressive position in the global competition and become the fifth Filipino woman to win the title, after Karla Henry (2008), Jamie Herrell (2014), Angelia Ong (2015) and Karen Ibasco (2017). /ra
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