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Mak Tumang… worldclass designer!


(Mak Tumang’s Adarna and Mayon gowns.)

AFTER 2018 crowned Miss Universe Catriona Gray bested out 93 beautiful women from all over the universe, Mak Tumang became a household name.

Mak with the collaboration of Catriona created the gowns which the latter wore during the 2018 Miss Universe pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mak designed Catriona’s gown in the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas quest and named it “Sinag”.

Also, he designed Catriona’s gowns during the 2018 Miss Universe and named them “Adarna” and “Mayon”.

These gowns were on display at SM City Pampanga last December 28-30.

The now iconic “Mayon” gown has been flown to New York upon Catriona’s request.

The gown will then return to the Philippines in time for Catriona’s official homecoming.

How much would the “Mayon” gown cost when Mak was asked.

“Mga 1 siguro. Pero sa materials n’ong na-compute namin na P1 million na kami for the materials pa lang. Wala pang labor and ibang ginastos pa d’on,” According to Mak, they have been conceptualizing her gown for the Miss Universe pageant as early as March.

“Right after niyang manalo ng Binibini gusto niya talagang magsuot ng red na gown,” Mak thought Mayon Volcano best represented Catriona, since it’s one of her hometown’s iconic spots.

It is also associated with the fire element which is the closest to red.

‘Yon ‘yong naisip ko, she’s from Bicol and the home of the iconic Mayon volcano and parang pinakamalapit na element d’on sa red is fire ‘di ba?”

Meanwhile for her the Adarna gown, which Catriona wore to the preliminary competition, Mak revealed that it was originally supposed to be red but, they decided to go with orange to achieve a better “phoenix” look.

“Kaya Ibong Adarna parang kasing in-associate ko rin sa fire…original color dapat ng Adarna gown is red talaga, pero inisip namin na gawin na lang orange to achieve the phoenix look,” Mak said Catriona is proud of her roots and she is both passionate and eager to showcase the Filipino culture to the whole universe.

“Si Catriona kasi is very proud sa roots niya and she is very passionate gusto niya talagang i-showcase kung ano meron sa kultura natin sa buong mundo,” he said.

Mak continued and said that Catriona wanted a designer with whom she is comfortable “para masabi niya ‘yong vision niya, ‘yong gusto niya. Gusto niya ‘yong designer, maintindihan nang buong buo kung ano ‘yong gusto niyang mangyari.”

Mak and Catriona had already worked together in 2016, during Catriona’s Miss World stint.

Then, Mak also designed a few of the beauty queen’s gowns.

The designer said that from the very beginning, their goal was to be unique which led them to look at Philippine art and literature for inspiration.

“Dapat maging unique. ‘Yon ‘yong pinaka-goal namin. Kaya ganon namin naisip na Philippine art and literature as inspiration sa lahat ng mga isusuot niya,” he said.

Mak’s iconic designs continue to break barriers and gain recognition around the world.

Mak started as sheer raw talent. A proponent of modern techniques, haute couture and his continuous pursuit of luxurious elegance, he has become a well distinguished name and esteemed personality in both national and international fashion scene. Known for his intricate embroidery, detailed lacework and elaborate designs, he has taken the industry by storm. He has dressed famous celebrities and beauty queens.

Truly worldclass!Truly for the universe!


AS PART of their promo, the cast of Mary, Marry Me had a very successful cinema tour at SM City Clark.

The Gonzaga sisters Toni and Alex had a “Meet and Greet” with their fans at the facade of Cinema 6 of SM City Clark. Mary, Marry Me is a 2018 Philippine romantic comedy film directed by RC Delos Reyes and starring Toni and Alex Gonzaga and Sam Milby.

It marks the first film to star the Gonzaga sisters, and the reunion project between Toni Gonzaga and Sam Milby, who starred in 2009’s Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round. Mary, Marry Me was released on December 25, 2018 as an official entry to the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival.


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