The Philippines is a third-world country that no one probably really cares about. As such, any attention or exposure, no matter how small, tickles that Pinoy pride and is voluntarily harped about (Look at what I'm doing!). We Filipinos bask in it.
Tyra in Rajo Laurel. The gown was part of Laurel's "Insects" series and was first shown in a September 2008 fashion show.
Nevertheless, news bits such as this are an encouraging sign that maybe, even inch by inch, Filipino designers are finally getting some recognition. Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco was already able to showcase some of his designs in at least two seasons of America's Next Top Model. So has Oliver Tolentino. Bench Body. And just last month Tyra herself wore a Francis Libiran creation to the 4th Annual Blossom Ball in New York and elicited a lot of approval for her look.
Tyra in Francis Libiran at the 4th Annual Blossom Ball in New York.
Hopefully the ball keeps rolling and the odds be ever in our favor.