THROWBACK: Philippine Miss Universe contenders in fashionable long gowns

Gerry Plaza and Krista Baldono November 30, 2019 05:50 PM

Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969
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Maria Margarita Moran, Miss Universe 1973
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Charlene Mae Gonzales Bonnin, Miss Universe 1994
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Miriam Quiambao,Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-up
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Marla Venues Raj, Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-up
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Shamsey Supsup, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up
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Janine Mari Tugonon, Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-up
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Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-up
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Mary Jane Lastimosa, Miss Universe 2014 Top 10
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Pia Wurztbach, Miss Universe 2015
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Maxine Medina, Miss Universe 2016 Top 6

Rachel Peters, Miss Universe 2017 Top 10
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Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018

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Apart from being a momentous and prestigious global beauty pageant, Miss Universe has been highlighted through the years with the glitz and glam the competition brings.

Such is emphasized in the evening gown contest, wherein Miss Philippines always had shone and stood out, showing their unmatched poise and fashionably chic style.

Last year, our country's bet Catriona Gray exerted extra effort in the evening long gown she used for the Miss Universe pageant. From the designing process up to the execution, she worked on her iconic lava gown together with esteemed Filipino designer Mak Tumang. The gown was inspired by the picturesque Mayon Volcano, the sacred and active stratovolcano located at the province of Albay in the Bicol Region, which is Catriona's hometown. The lava gown is digitally printed and then hand-studded with Swarovski Crystals. With her great effort on being very hands on not just in her lava gown but also in every detail of her whole journey at the pageant, Catriona successfully took home the fourth crown for the Philippines by being hailed as Miss Universe 2018.

Apart from Catriona, our country's other representatives in the Miss Universe pageant always leave the audience in awe with the creations they adorned and the way they carried it onstage. In this gallery, we are treated to such breathtaking Filipina beauty queens in their evening gowns, such as the three other Filipinas who held the crown, Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran-Florendo and Pia Wurtzbach, plus other exceptionally, eye-catching representatives. This includes Charlene Gonzales, Miriam Quiambao, Maria Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Marie Tugonon, Arielle Arida, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Maxine Medina and Rachel Peters.

Who would dare miss their scintillating, elegant, and sophisticated looks that truly captivated the world? They were certainly an unforgettable sight.

Take a look back on all those remarkable evening long gown looks from our outstanding Miss Universe representatives as you go through this gallery above.

Also, catch this year’s Binibining Pilipinas Universe Gazinni Ganados as she would once more take on the annual tradition of Philippine evening gown glory. Let’s all cheer for Gazini as we watch her vie for the 2019 Miss Universe title at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on December 9 live on ABS-CBN and iWant.