Gazini Christiana Ganados supports her Filipino designer Cary Santiago against criticism on his designs

05 Nov 2019 | Gayatri Poswal

The proud Filipino Gazini Ganados, who won Miss Universe Philippines 2019 title at the coronation of Binibining Pilipinas 2019 with pride, is all geared up to fly to the United States to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Miss Universe 2019 pageant. At the coronation of Binibining Pilipinas 2019, the Filipina beauty looked extremely charming in her evening gown exclusively designed by her Cebu-based Fashion Designer Cary Santiago, who is in charge of creating the beauty queen's competition gowns for Miss Universe 2019 as well.

A lot of her country fellows are already looking forward to Gazini's national costume and evening gowns for the competition. An immense amount of pressure is being put on Gazini and her team’s shoulders to achieve a back-to-back win this year.

But all this while, Cary has been enduring certain condemnations on his artistic taste and designs. Recently, he rebelled against all the brickbats by the Filipino pageant fans in a Facebook post, which he posted on 4th November 2019 i.e. Monday.


Gazini Christiana Ganados supports her Filipino designer Cary Santiago against criticism on his designs


The couturier published the post in which he wrote, “This is coming from my heart and I hope everyone reads this with respect. I have received a lot of messages asking what Gazini will wear for Miss Universe 2019. Some give suggestion, others are appreciative while a number of them are bashing me for my work/s. There comments: I don’t like it, I find it heavy or bulky, 'tama na ang birds', 'why the same style', a couple are even giving below the belt comments that are unprintable. And I get all these messages every single day. Some are from troll accounts while most are from legit ones."

His statement continued, "Let me state this once and for all. I am and never was an expert of pageants. I am not a pageant enthusiast. It just so happens that I am able to dress up a few beauty queens coz either I know them personally (they modeled for me) or I know someone that is close to them and they asked me to. Most of these are my babies hence I feel happy if I am able to see them wearing me.”

Cary also clarified that Gazini is very hands-on with what she wants to wear for the pageant. He also revealed that the final design, silhouette and color is a mutual decision of both of them. After which, “I am a high fashion designer for the upper crust of the Philippine society. Modesty aside, they are the ones who really know fashion.” he exclaimed.


Gazini Christiana Ganados supports her Filipino designer Cary Santiago against criticism on his designs


Cary told all the pageant enthusiasts, keeping offence aside, that beauty pageants has never been the barometer of fashion and replicated saying that fashion was, is and nor will be about beauty pageants as it doesn’t revolve around it.

At the end of his Facebook post, Cary urged Filipino pageants fans to divert and invest their energy to supporting Gazini on her Miss Universe journey instead with a broad and extensive mindset and not look up to the criticizing someone. For this, he wrote, "If the stars will align that night, whatever Gazini will wear, it will happen. If she gets a podium-finish, that’s her discipline, perseverance and a whole lot of luck. So, let us support her and as we continue to join her journey towards the crown, I am hoping that we stop all the bashing. Constructive criticism is appreciated, and I am all for it, just never a lambasted one!"

Meanwhile, Gazini recently showed up to an exclusive interview with Mario Dumaual of ABS-CBN News and early this afternoon and assured her fans that her gowns are way too scintillating and beautiful.

Along with Gazini, ninety-one other delegates will compete in the coronation night of Miss Universe 2019 which will take place on 8th December 2019 Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray will pass on the title to her successor at the conclusion.