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A group of Mindanao designers has announced that they will no longer be supporting the 2019 Miss Universe Philippines contest. The Fashion Designers Guild of Mindanao voiced “disappointment” with the way the Miss Universe Philippines organization allegedly forfeited the gowns they made for the candidates in a statement released by member Neil Patrick Jimlani.
Miss Universe Philippines-affiliated handlers approached the group to furnish clothes for the delegates, but they were dropped after the Top 30 was announced to accommodate other designers, according to the organization. “We felt disrespected, dishonored, and disregarded by these team of handlers who asked us to help them provide the national costume, gowns, and OOTDs before the selection of the top 75,” This was credited to guild members Mark Joseph Sayad, Aries Buenvenida, Nicky de Asis, and Richard Pulatche
“During our meeting, it was clear to us that all dresses will be worn during the event, we were even asked for sketch for approval. However, when the Top 30 was announced, the wind has changed, some dresses will not be worn on the actual event because they also tapped other designers to showcase their works,” it added.
“With this, we withdraw our support [for] the team.”
The Fashion Designers Guild of Mindanao commended individuals who reached the national pageant’s Top 30, but warned the audience that “there are people who are discouraged by what these people have done. “The Miss Universe Philippines organization, led by former beauty queen Shamcey Supsup, has yet to issue a remark on the situation. Next month, Miss Universe Philippines returns for a second time. When the 70th Miss Universe pageant takes place in Israel in December, the winner will represent her country.