NEGRENSE designer Kirsten Regalado, who is making a name for herself abroad in fashion design, is a source of inspiration for the youth of La Castellana.
Regalado, who hails from the southern community of Negros Occidental and is now based in Florida, USA, will be dressing some of the contestants in the Miss Universe pageant again this year.
Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan, Thursday, May 13, 2021, said Regalado was a representation of a talented and skillful La CastelleÃ±o, whose passion made the city proud.
Nicor-Mangilimutan said showing his designs in one of the world’s biggest contests, Miss Universe, was like showcasing what La Castellana has to offer the universe.
âManang Kirsten is an inspiration to our young people. It inspires them to do good and to focus on their talents and skills so that they can also help and honor their family, their city and their province, âshe added.
Regalado has been part of the Miss Universe pageant since 2014 as the designer of some of the contestants.
For the 69th edition of the Miss Universe contest this year, she will create the national costume of Miss Iceland, the evening dress and national costume of Miss Maurice and the evening dress of Miss Armenia.
She will also make other wardrobes of these contestants throughout their re-enactment journey, such as outfits for interviews and questions.
Ahead of the final on May 17, Regalado has already created a buzz after dressing the Philippines bet Rabiya Mateo.
Mateo wore a Philippine flag-inspired dress, a Regalado creation, in one of his recent photoshoots.
For Regalado, it’s an honor to dress a fellow Filipino, especially Mateo, who also aims to honor the country in her attempt to win the fifth Miss Universe crown.
For many Filipino fans, the Filipino dress showcases the power of Negrense and Ilongga.
“Ma-support gid kita sa nga mga Negrense kag Ilonggo [We, Negrenses and Ilonggos should support her]Said Regalado.
For Nicor-Mangilimutan, this is not the first time that the talents of La Castellana have been presented on the world stage.
The mayor recalled that the city’s Bailes de Luces festival has brought pride and honor to the province and the country.
In 2018, the local government introduced the festival also known as the âFestival of Lightsâ in Germany through the promotion of tourism.
A year later, the festival won first place in the foreign category of the Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival in Wonju City, South Korea.
âThis means that our city has already produced talented individuals,â she said, adding that there are still many potentials that the world has yet to see in La Castellana.