5 'Mutya ng Dabaw' finalists chosen

Arianne Caryl N. Casas

DAVAO. The five finalists for the Mutya ng Dabaw were chosen during Tuesday’s pre-pageant and talent night held at the SM Event Centre. The ladies will hold the distinction of being the title-holder and runners-up of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw. (King Rodriguez)

A TOTAL of five finalists were chosen from among the 12 semifinalists vying for the Mutya ng Dabaw 2012 title, were chosen Tuesday.

After going through a closed-door interview with the judges and presentation of talents at the SM City Davao Event Center, Maria Theresa Tan (22, AB-Communication Arts graduate of University of Immaculate Concepcion), Marianne Mae Te (21, AB- Hotel and Management graduate of Philippine Women’s College of Davao), Jazzel Therese Gomez (23, Magna Cum Laude graduate of AB Major in English Language from Far Eastern University), Dorothy Maruel Iba?ez (23, Nursing graduate of Ateneo de Davao University) and Jhoanna Myles Te (22, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Cum Laude graduate of San Pedro College) were chosen as the finalists.

The panel of judges include Anna Maris Igpit, Cebuana beauty queen who represented Philippines in the Miss World 2006; lawyer Jessie Melodias, vice president of Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Davao City chapter and Davao City General Services Office chief; Dr. Domilyn Vilareiz, Anti-Smoking task force co-chair; Lizette Marquez, executive director of Duaw Davao Festival Foundation Inc.; and Krista Kleiner, a Filipino-American who represented the country in the Miss International 2010 pageant in China.

“It was the best time for the judges to know the way they present themselves and even react to issues, even on simple matters,” Melodias said.

Before announcing the Best in Talent, Best in Long Gown and the top five finalists, the ladies were asked to give a flower to their co-candidate who they consider as the Miss Congeniality.

Ma. Elainezelle Clarice Tiu was unanimously chosen as Miss Congeniality after receiving all 11 flowers from her co semifinalists.

“I was not after the Congeniality award. I just wanted to befriend them because I know that when I made it to the top 12, I treat them as my friends not as my competitors,” Tiu said.

The 12 semi-finalists brought out the best in them showcasing their talents but Gintherese Capa was adjudged the best with her original song composition.

“It’s really not mine, it (talent) came from Above,” Capa said.

Wearing the creations of students of Fashion Institute of Design and Arts, the candidates’ grace and elegance were flaunted in their long gowns with Jhoanna Myles Te as the best.

“I was shocked but I’m honored with this award,” Te said.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte extended her gratitude to the full-support and cooperation of sponsors and organizers.

“I am inviting you all to support the events that we have prepared for the 2012 Araw ng Dabaw,” the mayor said.

The event was hosted by GMA talent Victor Aliwalas and Mutya ng Dabaw 2009 Resci Rizada.

GMA star and R&B singer Jay-R rendered a special performance.

Actor Dingdong Dantes along with TV host Isabelle Daza and Igpit will host the coronation night at the Davao City Recreation Center (formerly Almendras gym) at 6 p.m. of March 14.

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