‘TRASH TO CLASS.’ The winners of the ‘Trash to Class’ challenge of the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 beauty pageant pose with their medals during presentation held at the Versailles Palace in Las Pinas City last Monday night. From left: Ellyz Santos (bronze), of Laoang, Northern Samar; Melanie Mader (gold), of Vienna, Austria; and Aicha Francisco (silver), of Isabela City.
Forty-six candidates of the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 beauty contest proved their ingenuity when they developed recycled items into unique fashion creations.
Among the materials used in the contest that were converted into unique works were plastic trash bags, wood shavings, coconut shell, felt paper, old glossy magazines, aluminum wire, sea shells, table clothes, paper plates, fish net, shower curtains, and floor mop.
At the “Trash To Class” pre-pageant competition of the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 contest held at the Versailles Palace in Las Pinas City, named winners of the challenge were Melanie Mader (gold medal), from Vienna, Austria, who wore an evening wear made up of plastic straw; Aicha Francisco (silver), of Isabela City, for an evening gown made out rice sacks; and Ellyz Santos (bronze), of Laoang, Northern Samar, for an ensemble made up plastic spoons and forks and plastic trash bags.
Filipino fashion designer Ito Curata, who designed some of the Filipiniana gowns of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her State-of-the-Nation Address, said that he considered quality and materials used in coming up with a fashion creation.
“I think they are very artistic. It’s a good thing that they used recycled materials. But for me the one that really stood out was the one from Isabela. I also looked for the quality and why they used the certain material to make that outfit. I think that’s very important. Hindi lang dinikit-dikit just to come up with a costume. So I really looked for the quality and the materials they used,” said Curata, who served as one of the judges in the pre-pageant contest. Now based in the Philippines, Curata also designed for Hollywood stars like Sharon Stone.
Other judges in the competition were Mixy Dy, magna cum laude from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, who also worked for Kate Spade New York; Allen Roxas, president of State Properties Corp., owner and developer of Versailles; former beauty queen Peachy Veneracion, Vice President for External Affairs of Carousel Productions, organizer of the Miss Earth beauty pageant; and Tracey Suarkeo, Los Angeles-based senior fashion designer for Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and BCBG Maxazria.
“This challenge is part of the advocacy of the Miss Earth pageant which is to practice the Rs: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Rethink and Respect. Hopefully we can educate the public on these practices,”said Veneracion.
The Miss Philippines Earth 2016 beauty pageant grand coronation night will be held in Kawit, Cavite on June 11, 2016. The winner will represent in the Miss Earth 2016 beauty contest later this year in a venue to be announced soon.