Ang Cebu-based designer na si Cary Santiago ang nakatoka sa paggawa ng mga competition gown ni Miss Universe-Philippines Gazini Ganados sa magaganap na Miss Universe pageant sa December 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Si Santiago rin kasi ang gumawa ng mga sinuot na gown ni Gazini noong manalo ito sa Bb. Pilipinas 2019.
Sa isang Facebook post noong nakaraang November 4, umapela si Santiago sa maraming Pinoy pageant fan na tigilan na ang pamba-bash sa kanyang style or aesthetics sa pag-design ng gown.
Marami nga ang kumontra noong malaman nila na si Santiago ang gagawa ng mga ipanlalaban na gown ni Gazini sa Miss Universe.
“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 gives 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.
“Let me state this once and for all. I am and never was an expert of pageants.
“I am not a pageant enthusiasts. It just so happen 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.
“The final design, silhouette and color is a decision of Gazini and me. It is a collaboration. I am a high fashion designer for the upper crust of the Philippine society. Modesty aside, they are the ones who really know fashion.
“For the pageant enthusiasts and fans, no offense but beauty pageants has never been the barometer of fashion. There are those who give comments that is already mocking me and my works as if they are the real experts.
“Very pushy and demanding that it seems if you will not hear them out and ignore their messages, they will malign your craft even more.”
Nagsalita naman si Gazini tungkol sa mga isusuot niyang gown sa Miss Universe pageant na gawa ni Santiago.
“Maganda siya, maganda siya. That’s all I can say. Si Mama Cary, hindi pumapalya!” (Ruel Mendoza)