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National costume of Miss Philippines-Universe 2011, Shamcey Supsup

Morning guys! I just woke up. While sleepily browsing my Twitter timeline (please follow me!), I saw the pictures of the national costume that Miss Philippines-Universe Shamcey Supsup will wear to the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in São Paulo, Brazil. I don't really follow beauty pageants but my gosh, this costume made me wake up pronto.

Shamcey looks beautiful...and shiny! Two things: one, why can't we have our beauty queens wear something, er, fashion-forward? Dress her in Michael Cinco if that's what it takes. Two, why is Shamcey already wearing a crown? 

For reference, here is Venus Raj's costume last year. It was designed by Alfredo Barraza, a Colombian designer who also did her evening gown. Again, two questions: why pick a non-Filipino designer and why choose someone who also designs for Miss Colombia? Isn't that a conflict of interest?

Here is what Rajo Laurel sketched for Venus Raj. It is inspired by the pintados. IMHO, it looks amazing.

Now check out what Rajo designed for Shamcey this year, if he had the chance to dress her:

Discuss! What do you think about Shamcey's national costume? Do you think she should have gone with Rajo Laurel?

Also, read's piece on the Filipiniana - its rich history and evolution

Credits: photos were taken from and

Reader Comments (23)

Me no likey. She looks like those tacky foil Christmas decorations.. :-|

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaola

agree, bakit may crown? winner ang design ni rajo. sana yun na lang..ang ganda nya sigurado!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlea

Rajo is a genius!!!!! Ganda ng designs nya

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTin

Okay, I know it's already the "ber" months, but she doesn't have to look like a walking Christmas decor. Rajo's design for Shamcey is amazing, I think it's high time that we innovate our national costumes during beauty pageant. It won't hurt to represent the tribes of the Philippines, especially if it meant wearing such a sexy piece.

I don't like Shamcey's costume. Period.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulz

Rajo's work is the bomb! I don't like Shamcey's costume either. She looks like she's wrapped in a gift wrapper!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeedge

Venus looks like ms philippines in a miss colombia gown. Really. And shamcey's doesn't look that creative at all. It even looks cheap! And i hope she won't be wearing that crown on the pageant! Isn't it obvious that rajo laurel should be the one to dress our miss philippines?! His designs show philippine culture and art mixed with F-A-S-H-I-O-N!!!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValeriecabance

This topic will be very nice for debate... I had these observations: Shamcey's upper part of the gown looks like a table cloth, crown is too big and cheap looking (why not wear something made of wood instead). Venus' gown is so dull I don't like the color and the tassels make it messy and cheap.

Rajo's gown for Venus is amazing, it would have been very colorful and ethnic. I love Rajo's gown for Shamcey so perfect and would be a HEAD TURNER talaga if she wears this. So sexy yet culture of Filipinos are still there because of the design.

I agree with you Ms. Liz, it is so ironic to choose a non-filipino designer to design for us. We are representing our Nation so we should use our own designer. 100% Pinoy

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Brigoli

Ang kinang! Pero at least Shamcey WERK-ed it. :D

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoan

WoW~ Shamcey looks soooooooo cheap, there's nothing we can do right now with her costume (...sigh)

As long as Stella Araneta stays with BBPCI, we shall expect a Columbian designer to dress our candidates no matter what. I so agree that such plan is a total waste and a suicide considering costumes and gown they make for us are trashy. Stella is a Columbian candidate before she married an Araneta. I hope someone kicks her out from her spot ASAP!!!

What Thais do is that they set up a contest for National costume and gown making and they vote fore it nationally. Which explains why theirs are uber "magnificent".

Stella even had Bianca do lipo in Columbia which later on exposed to Columbian national TV. Isn't it so damn stupid?!?!

Stella go back to your country and plant camote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel


September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommentersUSAN

MGA PUSANG INA NINYONG LAHAT!.......This is what I really dont like being a pinoy....KAKAHIYA. Kaya yung mga walang magawang matino, kung pwede lang kayo na magrep-resent tutal ang ganda nyo masyado. Kayo na ang perfect.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

"Stella go back to your country and plant camote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Wow, racist.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterP

She should have just used our very own Rajo Laurel's designs. The designs from Rajo are far more gorgeous from the one she's wearing... Big disappointment... TT__TT

Oh well! Let's continue to support her, anyway! Go, go, go, Philippines!!!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngelamhiere

From a professional designer point of view, the costume is good. It highlights the beauty of Shamcey. White and gold combination are complimenting. Shamcey looks comfortable wearing it which is good. Im not sure what the while top is made of but it looks nice from a far. Overall, I'll give a 90% passing score

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRajo Laurel

Shamcey's and Venus's costumes actually make me pretty mad. Though there are some businesses that are underdeveloped in the Philippines, fashion is certainly not one of them. Actually, fashion designers in the Philippines are really talented and have been producing beautiful work. Both Shamcey's and Venus's costumes just look cheap and tacky, and I am certain that a local designer would have easily created a beautiful piece. Rajo seems willing, and his sketches are exquisite.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

@Susan and Paul - Don't get me wrong with my previous comments. I like Shamcey and I want her to win. However, how would you expect someone to succeed in a battle against 80++ contestants if Stella keeps on forcing contestants to wear a trash - something which is not even made by a Filipino.

Commenting on Shamcey's costume doesn't mean that she will lose her chances~nor hate her personally. It's just that one should have an open mind in terms of knowing what Filipino's can do better rather than hiring someone not from our country.

@ Paul, it's Stella who is biased "not me". AT THE END OF THE DAY, TRUTH REALLY HURTS. Would you know why recent and past Philippine delegates hated her so much? Better do the research before you start bashing on my comments! And by the way, would you be wearing such in an event given an opportunity?!

We have more than a handful of talented designers who are willing to make efforts for free. i.e. Rajo, Patis, Monique...that list goes on.

@Susan "PURO KAYO BATIKOS WALA NMAN KAYONG NAITUTULONG" - Had you even voted Shamcey online? Yes I did, two weeks ago ('',)

Love Shamcey, hate what she wears on the picture.

Better understand my early comments logically before reacting like a crybaby.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel

Guys, chill.

I think the upper half of Shamcey's costume looks beautiful from afar, but the lower half could do with more work. There could be better golden-skirt ideas that could be put to good use than making a foil-like skirt to attract attention. But that's just my opinion. That said, Shamcey looks radiant in her costume. :)

The crown, I've heard, is from the theme that it's supposed to be a Reyna Elena-inspired costume. I'm not sure of the authenticity of this info, but if that's the case, then the crown could be excused if you're not too uptight when it comes to the Ms. Universe competition.

As for Venus Raj, I think that she pulled off the costume quite well. I actually thought she looked like a barbie-doll that came to life with those fans and her radiant smile. I do agree though that the costume doesn't look as grand as the other designers', but Venus was able to flaunt it and that was what really mattered. Had she been given some grander costume, I'm sure she would have looked even more stunning. And from my perspective, those two designs from Rajo could work for her better than what she wore in the actual competition. I have nothing against the designer that made the costume though, besides the idea of not getting a Filipino designer for her. I mean, the silver gown for the evening gown competition really made Venus shine and stand out from all the other contestants.

Now Rajo Laurel's designs for Shamcey and Venus... they're exquisite! Very beautiful, indeed! But I think Rajo Laurel's design for Shamcey would have suited Venus Raj's darker complexion more (although I know that the gold design would also suit her)...what do you guys think?

Guys, chill. Most of the readers here have been very civilized in interacting with one another. So if you have comments to share, then please do so in a polite manner. Because being a Filipino should never mean being rude.

On another note... is that really Rajo Laurel who's commenting? LOL I was just wondering.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

the crown is a prop u guys........ the costume would look incomplete without it. too many people on here ARE SO DAMN JUDGEMENTAL! WHY not support supsup all the way. SHE LOOKS STUNNING IN HER COSTUME THATS THE BOTTOM LINE! she definitely can pull of the costume WITH OR WITHOUT the damn crown so if you guys are truly supportive of it just shut up. lol

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterg

As for Shamcey's costume: the concept seems decent, but the execution makes it horrendous (the skirt makes everything look weird. Hello to laser stickers)

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoanne

Shamcey's gown is very er, unique but she managed to wear it with grace and aplomb! it looks a bit tacky but still she managed to look radiant in her gown. Kudos for her poise and elegance! Her confidence sailed her through this event.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterroanne debil

Ugh! Not exactly a fan of Rajo, but his designs for both reps are amazing! He should've offered na lang agad. :( Then again, usually, things like that are decided kasi by the sponsors. Haay.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

the crown represents REYNA ELENA of Santacruzan ( no need further explanation)
i' m not sure but i have never seen any contestant wearing crown but it is unique which i think an advantage for chamcey to be noticed.
just an opinion.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeow

i think dapat maging basehan ng mga naging judge sa national costume kung paano dalhin ng nagsusuot ung damit at kung pano lalong lumabas ang kagandahan ng nagsusuot. And i think Shamcey had that traits during that competition. Her beauty is simple yet elegant. Super pretty siya nang suot niya yon .

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKen Starr

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