As Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach said in her interviews after winning the title, beauty pageants are a big thing in the Philippines, similar to the sports basketball. Almost everyone is glued to the television sets on finals night happily cheering for our country’s representative.
In preparation for the hosting of the 2016 pageant where Philippine fabrics will be showcased, another Mindanaoan product takes center stage—the Inaul.
Inaul is a handwoven fabric by the Maguindanaoans. It is used as a “malong” or “sarong” and has been featured in the Inaul Fashion Show in Cotabato since 1998 during the Shariff Kabunsuan Festival every December.
At the recent Philippine Travel Mart (PTM), the Department of Tourism of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOT-ARMM) won the Patimpalak ng Kasuotang Pilipino. Its designer, Akmad Kari, Jr., came up with the designs using the Inaul. The dresses for both men and women really stood out among different designs coming from other regions.
According to DOT-ARMM Secretary Ayesha Mangudadatu Dilanggalen, the Inaul of Maguindanaon culture and the traditional dresses of Yakan tribe will be used by the official candidates of the Miss Universe.
Renee Salud, the renowned fashion designer in the country, shall take the lead for the Fashion Show, a charity event for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines.
The designer believes that these hand-woven materials are the best fabric to be showcased for both the casual and formal attires during the event.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative Bai Sandra Sema also visited the PTM and is delighted that the authentic, beautiful culture and traditions of Moros, which they have preserved through the years has been showcased.
(Origial story from Duoi Ampilan)
How to Get There:
Major airlines have flights to Cotabato City. From Cotabato, ride a bus or van to Maguindanao.
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