By Abner Galino
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.
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.