MANILA — Michelle Dee, who is vying to become the second Filipina Miss World, unveiled on Monday her national costume for the ongoing pageant in the United Kingdom.
On Instagram, Dee shared photos of her wearing a Francis Libiran creation, captioned with the outfit’s details as well as its patriotic inspirations.
“The design of the sun on the collar is inspired by the sun of the Philippine national flag, customized in Francis Libiran signature intricate Art Deco embroidery, which symbolizes optimism, positivity, and courage,” she wrote.
“The custom embroidery patterns are inspired by the historic Visayan tattoo called ‘Batek.’ They were found in the earliest illustrations of our Visayan warriors in the 16th-century Boxer Codex. To our ancestors, Batek symbolized bravery and triumph,” Dee added.
Dee, 23, is hoping to replicate the 2013 success of compatriot Megan Young, the first Filipino to be crowned Miss World in the pageant’s 69-year history.
Dee, who follows the footsteps of her mother, Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, is currently in London for the month-long pre-pageant activities of Miss World.
The coronation is scheduled on December 14.