Singapore, Cameroon Miss Universe bets don national costumes designed by Filipinos

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14)— Aside from Philippine bet Rabiya Mateo, two other Miss Universe candidates proudly graced the pageant's national costume competition on Friday wearing pieces designed by Filipinos.

In a Facebook post, Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong said she reached out to Filipino designer Arwin Meriales to craft her national costume for the prestigious event.

Ong donned a sequined red leotard with thigh-high boots. But what turned heads online and on stage was her cape which bore the words "Stop Asian hate."

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Ong even noted that her whole costume was finished in just two days.

"Given the slim timeframe we had to get it sent from the Philippines to Singapore before I flew out to the US, I'd say this is a HUGE win for everyone! We got our message across loud and clear!" said Ong, who was born and raised in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Cameroon's Miss Universe bet showcased a costume created by Kennedy Jhon Gasper, a Filipino fashion student from Isabela.

Angele Kossinda's runway look drew inspiration from her country's national animal — the lion.

The 69th Miss Universe coronation will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 16 (May 17 in Manila).