Mutya Datul: the Ibanag beauty queen
The Philippines proudly welcomes home Mutya Johanna Datul who is now a world beauty title holder after being crowned Miss Supranational 2013 in Minsk, Belarus. Our warmest congratulations to this beautiful lass from Sta. Maria, Isabela who belongs to the Ibanags, one of the ethnolinguistic minorities in the country (a.k.a. ethnic groups).
She looks a bit like Angel Locsin in this Bb. Pilipinas official photo:
Mutya was quite the dark horse in Bb. Pilipinas 2013 which we watched live in Smart Araneta Coliseum this year. She did not stand out much because she wasn’t as articulate as the other contestants. But what do you know, the judges’ eyes are trained differently. She eventually bagged the Best in Swimsuit and one of the major titles, Miss Supranational Philippines.
In the end, it was all about Mutya’s lovely smile, perfect figure and embodiment of the Filipina beauty
So we watched Bb. Pilipinas 2013 and got to notice Mutya Datul because her handlers/trainers were seated behind us – ever ready (and rowdy) with support for her. We were silently laughing at her Q & A with the judge (because of the accent and all) but her handlers were shouting at the top of their voices “pwede na yan! panalo na…panalo na!” (good enough, it’s a win!)
It seems the Bb. Pilipinas judges’ decision to let Mutya Johanna Datul represent the country in Miss Supranational 2013 in Belarus was a wise one after all. You don’t need perfect English to stand out in a pageant held in a European country.
Also,even in Miss Universe, it’s time our beauty queens avail of the services of an interpreter instead of fumbling with their answers a la Venus Raj. #justsaying