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John Ernest Tanting’s award winning national costume is inspired by the T’boli tribe

John Ernest Tanting’s award winning national costume is inspired by the T’boli tribe

John Ernest Tanting’s award winning national costume is inspired by the T'boli tribe

Filipinos are starting to establish themselves as a dominant force in the male pageant industry! Adding to the ranks is John Ernest Tanting who was hailed as Mr. Beaute International 2022. Winning the pageant’s inaugural edition, it took place at the Akbun Hotel in Instanbul, Turkiye on September 26.

Finishing as a semifinalist during Mister International Philippines 2022 representing Cebu City, the organization then appoints John for the competition. Continuing the successful turnout of his batch, his victory follows the runner-up finish of Mister International Philippines 2022 MJ Ordillano.

Proving to be a wise decision, not only did he win the title, but he also received a special award.

Bringing home, the best in national costume, the design takes inspiration from one of the country’s many indigenous people. Paying homage to the T’boli tribe, here’s a closer look into the stunning ensemble.

The T’boli

Living in the island of Mindanao in the southern part of The Philippines, the T’boli are known for their rich and colorful culture. Through the craftmanship of designer Mico Dacara, he describes the costume as:

“The T’boli culture is richly connected with and stimulated by nature, their dances mimic the movement of animals inclusive of monkeys and birds. Locally sourced wooden beadsare used to accentuate the movements of the garment.”

Adding to its national significance, it also features the mystical creature known as Ibong Adarna. Moreover, the costume’s draping aims to represent the colors of the Philippine national flag.

Evoking pride and power, the costume definitely deserve its recognition.

Once again, congratulations to you, John! Thank you for representing our country well. We’re looking forward to a fruitful reign and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

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