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LOOK: Paolo Ballesteros designs Bb. Pilipinas 2022 Graciella Lehman's nat'l costume

The tikbalang-inspired costume was a major standout at the exhibit!

Patricia Matalog
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Patricia Matalog

7/7/2022 in News
LOOK: Paolo Ballesteros designs Bb. Pilipinas 2022 Graciella Lehman's nat'l costume

Paolo Ballesteros once again showcased his talent in fashion design when he created a Tikbalang-inspired national costume for Binibining Pilipinas 2022 candidate Graciella Lehman of Oriental Mindoro.

Fans had their first glimpse of the candidates' national costume during the exhibit held on Monday, July 4, in Quezon City.

In a video posted by Pageanthology 101 on Facebook, we got a closer look at Paolo's stellar creation, a half-human, half-horse mythological creature of Philippine folklore.

According to Graciella, she and Paolo collaborated for her national costume.

"Sobrang nakakataba po ng puso because this is very well-thought of. This is a collaboration between me and Paolo Ballesteros. I'm so happy that this is exactly how I imagined it to be," she gushed in a video posted by Pageant Trends.

"I'm really happy that marami pong na-capture nung costume na 'yun. I feel like this is a game-changer in pageantry. It's something new to the eyes," she added.

The "The Panti Sisters" star also posted the sketch of his design on Instagram yesterday, July 6, along with a description behind the costume.

"TIKBALANG for @bbpilipinasofficial national costume," he captioned the post.

 

 

This isn't the first time Paolo designed a costume for a pageant. He has previously made designs for aspiring beauty queens Agatha Romero in 2018, and Honey Grace Cartasano in 2019 and 2021.

The official national costume fashion show of the pageant will happen this July 16. The grand coronation night will be held on July 31 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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