For the last two years, I’ve been sketching my own version of the Philippines’ national costume for Miss Universe.
In 2009, I did the jeepney.
This year, I had a difficult time coming up with a concept. I was close to using the UP Pep Squad’s 2010 fiesta uniform but I forced myself to come up with something original.
So I got to thinking about the host country, Brazil. That got me thinking about the Brazilian Carnival and how it is celebrated during Lent. That got me thinking about Filipino Holy Week (yes, I considered Politeismo, lol) and then it hit me.
Why not? LOL.
More about the palaspas or palm frond in Michael Tan’s article for Inquirer.