Miss Earth Philippines 2019 Janelle Lazo Tee couldn’t be prouder that she bagged the silver medal in the National Costume category.
The country’s representative shared the news on Instagram with a picture of her in the Ati-Atihan-inspired costume.
“I’m wearing a National Costume that represents the “The Mother of All Philippine Festivals” – Ati-Atihan – a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), held on the third Sunday, in the town of Kalibo,” she wrote.
“The name Ati-Atihan means “to be like Atis” or “to make believe Atis,” the local name for the Aeta aborigines. The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo City,” she added.
The costume is made by fashion designer Patrick Isorena.
Later, Janelle posted two different shots with captions that read: “Fall down seven times. Stand up eight;” and “If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best. – Neale Donald Walsch(two hearts).”