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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.

Cansino, Amazona bag ‘Araw' tennis titles

WINNERS of the 1st Slazenger-Mayor Inday Sara and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte Araw ng Dabaw Age-Group Tennis Championships pose during the awarding rites. (Contributed photo)

DAVAO City’s Juan Paolo Cansino and Davao Oriental’s Jeleardo Amazona lived up to their billing by bagging titles at the close of the 1st leg Slazenger-Mayor Inday Sara and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte Araw ng Dabaw Age-Group Tennis Championships at the GSIS Heights Tennis Club over the weekend.

Cansino crushed Elvie Lopez, Jr. of the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), 10-3, in their boys 18-under finals while Amazona also won on the same note over Tadeco netter Reagan Sorima for the boys 16-under.

Igacos bet Lenelyn Milo ruled the girls 18-under event by whipping Genevib Caorte of Davao City, 10-3, while Kidapawan City’s Jzash Canja overhelmed host city’s Jenni Celine Dizon, 10-4, in their girls 16-under titular showdown.

Khrizzan Dumlao, for her part, spanked fellow Sto. Tomas player Rosvel Anne Binondo, 10-6, in girls 14-under while Gil Molina walloped fellow Tadeco bet Laster Llandino, 10-3, in the boys’ division.