Miss Universe organizers clarify Philippine bet won best national costume award

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) – Steve Harvey got it right: Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados won the Best in National Costume award in the 2019 Miss Universe pageant in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The pageant confirmed on Twitter that Ganados’ Philippine-eagle inspired outfit created by designer Cary Santiago bagged the award.

Earlier at the show, Harvey, who was known for naming the wrong winner in the 2015 pageant, announced Ganados as the winner of the national costume competition with her photo flashed on the stage.

“Earlier this week, all the contestants competed in a national costume contest. Here’s the look at the winner, Philippines,” said Harvey.

However, Miss Malaysia Shweta Sekhon was already beside Harvey while wearing her national costume.

Miss Malaysia was eager to make a clarification, “It’s not Philippines, it’s Malaysia.”

Harvey also quickly defended himself, “Let me explain something to you. I just read that in the teleprompter. Ya’ll got to quit doing this to me. I can read.”

He added, “Now, they are trying to fix it now. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015.”

To lighten up more the situation, Harvey praised Sekhon’s wardrobe which is inspired by the culture and heritage of the Malaysian state of Malacca.

“I really love this national costume of Malaysia,” he said.

The last time Philippine won the best national costume award was in 1994, by Charlene Gonzales, where the pageant was also held in the country.

Ganados, 23, failed to make a back-to-back feat as she only settled for a Top 20 finish.

READ: Cary Santiago shares the making of Gazini Ganados’ national costume for Miss Universe