By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA
Another beauty queen is set to conquer the pageant world with her signature catwalk dubbed “Salagubang Walk’’ when she competes at the 2013 Miss Supranational beauty contest in Minsk, Belarus on Sept. 6.
Mutya Johanna Datul, 21, of Sta. Maria, Isabela, describes her “Beetle Walk’’ as a catwalk that is “flighty as a feather but with fierce impact,” during a send-of party, at the Gloria Maris Banquet Hall, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, in Cubao, Quezon City recently. She will leave for the pageant on Saturday, August 17, 2013.
The “Salagubang Walk’’ follows the other signature walks introduced by former beauty queens that have brought honors to the country in pageants abroad. Shamcey Supsup won third runner-up at the 2011 Miss Universe beauty pageant in Brazil with her “Tsunami Walk’’ and last year, Janine Tugonon impressed the judges with her “Cobra Walk’’ in Las Vegas, Nevada and won first runner-up in the same pageant.
Supsup and fellow reigning Binibinis wished Datul good luck on her first trip abroad. “Be confident and bring home the crown,’’ Supsup says. Last year, Elaine Kay Moll won third runner-up at the 2012 Miss Supranational beauty contest. “I told her to be herself and to do her best. She works very hard,’’ adds Moll.
To get herself ready for the pageant, Datul hit the gym, and attended pasarela lessons and language and personality development classes.
“I am over overwhelmed and happy at napaka-excited na makapunta sa Belarus to represent the Philippines at Miss Supranational,” says Datul, a veteran of local and major beauty pageants in the country. “Pinaghirapan ko ito. Sa heart ko at sa mind ko, ito talaga yung pinapangarap ko, kasi gusto kong makapagbigay ng karangalan sa Pilipinas.”
Datul, who stands 5’8,” also thanked Madame Stella Marquez Araneta, chairperson, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI), for her support.
More than 90 candidates are expected to compete in the fifth staging of the Miss Supranational beauty contest. It was founded in 2009 in Poland by the World Beauty Association, with the aim to “unite our world with beauty.” Katsiaryna Buraya of Belarus is the reigning Miss Supranational.
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