Mutya groomed as ambassadors

THE 30 candidates in this year’s Mutya ng Dabaw pageant will be groomed to become ambassadors of Davao with hopes to produce winners that can communicate good news about the city.

City Tourism Officer Gene Rose Tecson said on Thursday that the five winners of the city-organized beauty pageant will be determined in how they portray a “true Davaoeño.”

Tecson said she will ensure that the wines will have meaningful engagements in the community and to go beyond the usual presence in ribbon-cutting ceremonies of various events.

“I would like them to choose an advocacy and make them work with various offices of the city,” Tecson said, mentioning that those interested to work with drug surrenderers will be with the Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, while those who have health advocacies (like HIV prevention) will be with the City Health Office’s units.

“I also want them to know more about the history of Davao,” she said, mentioning how this knowledge is important because so many people are looking at Davao right now. She added that best people who would be able to show what being a Davaoeño is about are those rooted in the city’s rich history.

The screening process of the potential five winners, Tecson said, will go beyond looking at beauty but will instead focus on substance. The five winners, she said, should be able to communicate to people very well.

The candidates of the pageant graced the Ispeak press conference and showed interests in pursuing programs on HIV prevention and access to education.

About P1.7 million has been allotted as a budget to mount the pageant. In the previous year, this budget was above P2 million.

An amount of P900,000 has also been allotted for prizes, which will cover winners’ allowances for trips to an ASEAN country.

The winners will be crowned on March 15 in the Davao City Recreational Center (Almendras Gym).

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