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Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California has final candidates’ roster

By Abner Galino

Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California candidates with organizers and sponsors (from left to right) candidates Allison Lorenzo, Mariflor Sab Duhay, Alyssa Villagracia, Nina Ancheta, Maricel Gibson, Mutya organizer Venus Marin, sponsor Emerald Gutierrez, Susan Lim, Jenny Guzman Yu, candidates Jenice Domaoal, Jeena Dimaandal, Jill Marucut, Kyra Decastro and Korina Almalvez. Photo © Tony Garcia

THE Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California has 10 candidates who will compete for a chance to be part of the 50th anniversary staging of the second oldest national beauty pageant in the Philippines.

During a press conference in Cerritos last June 10, Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California officials Venus Macias Marin and Camille Agbayani said their organization has decided to send two candidates, instead of the customary one candidate, to the anticipated grandiose presentation of Mutya ng Pilipinas in September 2018.

Agbayani explained that the decision was arrived at after they realized that they were able to assemble a group of young women whose qualities would make them strong contenders in the Philippine pageant.

Whoever wins the Mutya ng Pilipinas SC crown and the Face of L’Aura winner will be sent to the Philippine competition.

According to reports, the head office of Mutya ng Pilipinas is seeking to assemble 50 beauty contestants from all over the Philippines and from Filipino communities abroad.

Mutya ng Pilipinas SC candidates take a break from practice. They are with organizers Camille Agbayani (standing 5th from left) and Venus Macias Marin (standing 3rd from right). Photo © Tony Garcia

The 50th anniversary staging of Mutya ng Pilipinas will supposedly surpass all the previous presentations done by the organization.

Mutya ng Pilipinas SC was able to gather a “lean but mean” pool of beauties. While serene beauty seems to be a common Filipina attribute, height isn’t. And this is why pundits find it remarkable to see so many Filipinas endowed with “towering” heights in a single competition. At least two of the candidates, measured at 5’8” to 5’9.”

Most of the Mutya hopefuls also hold impressive academic credentials or are pursuing enviable careers – a distinction that shows in the way each of them talk and conduct themselves in public.

The 10 beauties seeing action for the first Mutya ng Pilipinas SC are Korina Almalvez, Nina Ancheta, Kyra Decastro, Jeena Dimaandal, Jenice Domaoal, Jessica Duhay, Maricel Gibson, Allison Lorenzo, Jill Marucut and Alyssa Villagracia.

The ladies are going to show off their talents at the popular Noypitz Bar and Grill in West Covina on June 24.

The big night for the young ladies — the crowning of the 2018 Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern Californian – will happen at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Long Beach on July 1. It will be hosted by sultry actress Anjanette Abayari and Miss California Earth USA Suzanne Perez.


Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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