IMG 20201012 140339 1024x745 - LOOK: Catriona Gray dons traditional Yakan face paint
Catriona Gray wearing tanyak tanyak face painting (Photo by Noel Cantalejo)

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray continues to put the Philippines’ arts and culture at the forefront of her work as the #RaiseYourFlag series heads to Zamboanga, Mindanao. 

Her collaboration with One Town, One Product Philippines proves to be more than just a fashion and travel story, but educational as well. And just like before, we’re on the lookout for the beauty queen’s best discoveries. 

(READ: Catriona Gray tries on handcrafted shoe named after her)

During her time down south, Catriona meets the women of the Yakan tribe and learns about a beauty custom unique to the indigenous group.

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Alam ninyo ba na ang Yakan tribe ay may sariling makeup? Tinawag itong "Tanyak Tanyak" and it's reserved only for Yakan Couples na ikakasal. Kaya I'm so honored to be able to experience the art of Tanyak Tanyak firsthand with the blessing of the Yakan Tribe Leader, done by the Yakan tribe themselves. ‘Yong mga patterns, created with rice flour, water and bamboo tools represent the moon 🌙 and stars ⭐. It represents the moon and stars being witness to your love. 🥺 Sobrang ganda ng kultura natin, noh? #RaiseYourFlagZamboanga 🇵🇭 Captured by @noel_can.do.it Styled by @justine.aliman19 @styledbypatrickhenry in a yakan top by @everydaypnay and a Yakan vest gifted to me by the Zamboanga Department of Tourism 💛 Glam by @memayfrancisco @hairbybrentsales

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Known as the tanyak tanyak, the face painting tradition is reserved for the tribe’s nuptial ceremonies. Worn by the couple to be wed, the painting is done with the use of bamboo tools dipped in a thick mixture of rice flour and water. 

The pattern features circles, spots, and diamonds as design elements, representing the moon and the stars being witnesses of the union. How romantic is that?

With Philippine style and destinations at the forefront, we cannot wait to see what’s next in Catriona’s #RaiseYourFlag adventures.

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