- Kisses Delavin lit the Internet on fire when photos of her wearing the Lapay-inspired costume surfaced online recently
- Lapay is one of the most symbolic, not to mention culturally distinct, bird in Masbate
- The 22-year-old Masbate beauty looked very much like a gorgeous queen while wearing the costume
- Kisses is going to wear it in the coming Miss Universe PH 2021
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Kisses Delavin and her costume became a trending topic overnight after photos of her wearing it surfaced online.
Iriga City-based costume designer, Polly Lagyap, said he got his inspiration from the great-billed Heron, known in local Masbate dialect as “Lapay.”
The Lapay-inspired costume made Kisses look more beautiful, with her photos making her look ethereal like some fantasy movie fairy.
Kisses’ costume fits the theme for the national costume segment of the pageant, which was streamed online Thursday night.
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The costume’s designer, in a Facebook post, said that the "Lapay" is the most symbolic bird of Masbate.
“LAPAY, Masbate's most symbolic and culturally distinct bird. The white hovering seagull bird or great-billed heron, is one of the most typical and beautiful scenes in Masbate,” Lagyap wrote.
After all of the national costumes in the pageant were revealed, Kisses’ costume became a trending topic on social media, particularly Twitter.
Fans immediately flocked to Twitter to express their support for Kisses.
Kisses Delavin is a young actress, commercial model, product endorser, and beauty queen. She was among the housemates in Pinoy Big Brother Lucky 7 edition, where she won Second Big Placer. In 2018, she was also hailed by Starmometer as the most beautiful woman in the country.
During an interview with talk show host Boy Abunda, the Masbate beauty was asked about her opinion on transgender women joining beauty pageants. Kisses said she supports transgender women joining pageants like the Ms Universe. She also described women as multidimensional. It was also in this same interview where Kisses talked about her allowance when she was still in college.
Previously, Kisses also shared her first post on Instagram after the announcement of Miss Universe Philippines that she is among those who will vie for the title. She uploaded on IG a video of how she will walk down the ramp. She also shared some updates and took the opportunity to thank those who support her.