Catriona Gray sheds light on national costume 'technical mishap'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) — The country's bet wowed the crowd when she walked the runway at the Miss Universe 2018 national costume competition, but Catriona Gray said what she wore was lacking a small detail.

The Filipina beauty queen took to social media Tuesday to answer questions on whether the handmade parol-inspired backpiece she wore was supposed to light up.

"Yes it was. My parol was meant to light up, but for some reason — I don't know why — for the show, I was trying to turn it on, and it wouldn't turn on and then I tried to turn it on again, and then it did turn on, and then it turned on twice in a row so then I left it. And then just before I went out onstage, I tried to turn it on again, and again it wasn't lighting," she explained.

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LUZVIMINDA: "Magdiwang. Lumaban. Pagyamanin." LUZON-- MAGDIWANG" (Celebrate): The island group of LUZON is represented by the world-renowned "PAROL/CHRISTMAS LANTERN" from the province of Pampanga with a BRASS BORDER designed and made in Apalit, Pampanga (inspired by designs from the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites) At the back of the PAROL is a PAINTING with INSCRIPTION of the lyrics from "LUPANG HINIRANG", the Philippines’ National Anthem written in Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Alphabet) that literally translates to: "Lupang hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw." The PAINTING also highlighted victories, festivals, events, heroes and national icons with a style inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a native of the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal in Luzon. VISAYAS--LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. MINDANAO-- “PAGYAMANIN" (Enrich): The island group of MINDANAO is represented by an authentic "HEADPIECE & BRASS ACCESSORIES" from the province of South Cotabato and customized KNEE-HIGH BOOTS with embroidered designs inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the southern part of the Philippines, namely: Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug and T'nalak. The woven textiles express a strong belief in "ancestral and natural spirits" and "cultural roots" of indigenous communities that remain well-preserved up to this day. Pilipinas, para sa iyo ang lahat ng ito. @missuniverse @benjaminaskinas

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Gray said she wasn't sure if the wires in the backpiece were affected during its transport to Thailand.

"It just so happened that on the day itself, and on the time I walked out onstage, yung ilaw ko — or the lights — they weren't working, she added.

Gray went on to say she was sad about what happened because she really wanted to show what her team had worked on.

"We really went over mountains just to try and get the light and the synchronization of the light in the parol. But regardless, I just want you guys to know that it's a little bit of a technical mishap," she said.

Gray also said she was initially supposed to carry the parol on her back but, in the end, it was simply too heavy.

Gray also explained why it looked like she was having a difficult time moving onstage during the competition. She said the wheels of the frame holding the parol were made for a flat, smooth surface. The stage she walked on that evening was carpeted.

"I didn't expect that the floor for the national costume competition was carpet. So, when I walked on the carpet, the wheels weren't running smoothly and it was really, really hard to pull," she said.

Regardless of the glitches, Gray said she was still determined to show off "the Filipino artistry and all the inspiration I took from our country in the national costume."