This gown takes inspiration from the small bird with broad wings that is undoubtedly recognizable by its green body color and yellow throat called Yellow-throated leafbird.
This bird is endemic to Palawan, one of the worlds most beautiful island where Samantha Bernardo grew up.
This emerald green-colored gown is hand-embroidered with beads and sequins. Accentuated with gold crystals as a representation of the yellow throat of the bird and feathers from fibers extracted by hand and worked into fine threads woven together in the lower part of the gown.
Emerald green shows a woman’s growth, humility, and courage – characteristics that made our queen Samantha grand and awe-inspiring.
Photographer: Jerick Sanchez @jericksanchez
Gown: Louis Pangilinan
Stylist: Kenneth Ramil @styledbykennethr @kennethr_
Associate: Karl Dioso @diosokarl
Earrings: Ornate Manila @ornatemanila
Makeup: Jr Constantino @jrcons
Hair: Darwin Sinel @sineldarwin
Special thanks to Wilbert Tolentino, Rodgil Flores of KF and Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., headed by Madam Stella Araneta.