Barraza’s design receives more thumbs-down from the Internet after MJ Lastimosa makes early exit
The others, according to Stella Marquez-Araneta, weren’t as good as what Lastimosa wore
(SPOT.ph) In a report for InterAksyon published on Sunday, Edwin P. Salang described Bb. Pilipinas Chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta as seemingly "committed" to keeping Colombian Alfredo Barraza as designer for our candidates’ national costumes at the Miss Universe pageant. The article also provided the piece of trivia that Barraza has been designing for the Philippines since 2001. How many awards have we received for that category since? Zero.
Pageant fans of the Philippines were particularly critical of Marquez-Araneta and Barraza when Mary Jean Lastimosa appeared onstage wearing a terno garnished with flowers. It reminded people of cake-which isn’t a bad thing. Who would be sad when presented with a cake?
But the disdain runs deep, apparently. InterAksyon reported two days prior to the pageant about a conspiracy theory of Barraza sabotaging Lastimosa’s chances, because he’s also the designer for Ms. Colombia. Ms. Colombia eventually went home with the crown. ABS-CBN reports that Lastimosa discouraged people from blaming the gown, adding that the competition is done and over.
Enough people thought that "done and over" came too soon, evidenced by #PatayTV hashtag trending on Twitter, and the gown was back as a target for criticism-especially after Marquez-Araneta said that though she is open to local designers helping our candidates win, the designs they submitted are "not good enough." The Internet was not happy about that.