Manila, Philippines – TOP 12 HIGHSPEED beauty expert Jay P. Delgado says that the Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant has always been around… contrary to common belief. However, its international component, Miss Asia-Pacific, has been discontinued for some time.
In fact, JPD continues, this year’s Mutya is nearing. He files this report.
Mutya ng Pilipinas holds it 44th annual coronation night at the UP Theater in Quezon City on Aug. 12 with 30 contestants from all over the Philippines and Filipino communities across the seas vying for the coveted crowns.
HIGHSPEED, as usual, picks 12 beauty delegates who are most likely to make it to the finals which will be aired (delayed telecast) by GMA-7. They are:
- Phoebe Corrine Pataytay of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
- Nova Joy Johnston of Makati City
- Reynalyn Flores Yamanouchi representing Japan
- Jessica Barbour representing Canada
- Kaylee Nepomuceno Calaguas representing West Coast, USA
- Mutya Johanna Fontiveros Datul of Isabela
- Emi-Con Sauquillo of Biñan, Laguna
- Kariza Portez de Guzman of Pulilan, Bulacan
- Diane Joy Ramirez of San Pablo, Laguna
- Emma Francisco Tiglao representing Central Luzon
- Rizzini Alexis Camlian Gomez of Cebu City
- Lara Grace Policarpio Lacap of Quezon City.
The contestants travelled to Lapu-lapu City, Cebu; Bagac, Bataan; Mabalacat, Pampanga; eand Clark Freeport Zone, Pam panga for pre-pageant events z while the crucial presentation show (pre-judging) was held p at the Midas Hotel & Casino in Pasay City last Aug. 8.
The winners Mutya ng Pili pinas-Asia Pacific International and Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism will vie in their respective international tilts this year and next. Miss Asia Pacific International, last held in 2005 in China, will be revived and will be staged in Manila early next year. (Jay P. Delgado)
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