29 vying for Mutya crown

BEAUTIES GALORE. This year's Mutya ng Davao candidates showcase their beauty and wit during yesterday's I-Speak media forum at City Hall. LEAN DAVAL JR

Twenty-nine gorgeous ladies from different barangays in Davao City have been chosen to vie for the Mutya ng Dabaw crown on March 15. This is a different format from the previous years where there were only 15 candidates to present for the final night.

The winner will take the place of   Allyza Molly Teodoro , last year’s Mutya.

Davao City Tourism Officer Gene Rose Tecson said that the format was suggested by the organizer since it is better for the audience to see all of the 29 candidates on the pageant night.

From the 29 candidates, the top 15 will be chosen based on their performances on the pre-pageant portions which includes the talent portion and their one-on-one interviews.

“We will make sure that the one who wins will be representing Davao City and should be able to portray what a true Dabawenya is, especially at our present situation today where a lot of people talk about Davao, good and bad,” Davao City Tourism Officer head Gene Rose Tecson said during the iSpeak Conference on Thursday.

Also the conference served as a pre-Question and Answer portion as the candidates, with confidence and grace, answered the questions being asked to them.

Tecson added that the Mutya ng Dabaw will not only be a pageant winner but someone who will become and ambassadress and serve as an exemplifying image of a true Dabawenya. The Mutya will also be responsible to promote her advocacy in cooperation with various offices in Davao City depending on her chosen track.

Part of the pre-judging of the Mutya are their talent portion, which was held last Thursday night at the NCCC Mall activity center, and their pre-pageant to be held on March 10 at Abreeza Mall Davao.