July 23, 2018, 3:42 am
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Mutya titlist guns for int’l crown in Shanghai tonight

TONIGHT in Shanghai, China, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 first runner-up Angela Carla Huertas Sandigan will vie alongside some 50 other entries worldwide at the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International pageant, hoping to nail down the Philippines’ fourth title after Sherylle Santarin in 1996, Racquel Uy in 1999 and Leren Mae Bautista in 2015.

Angela is hoping for a victory after Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International 2017 Jannie Loudette Alipo-on brought home the country’s fourth Miss Tourism International title at the 20th edition of the pageant in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia last December 6. Last December 10, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Model of the World 2017 Hannah Khayle Iglesia won first runner-up in the graphic model category of the Asian Super Model Contest in Chongqing, China.

The 18-year-old STI student from Pateros trained under Kagandahang Flores pageant camp under its founder and head mentor Rodgil Flores, who only has nice words for Angela.

   “Angela has a fresh face, possesses a sweet innocence and a face reminiscent of Alma Moreno when she was just a budding (Regal Films) star,” Flores said. “She is very soft-spoken but delivers very well during our walking and question-and-answer sessions.   I am confident she will do well in her international pageant.”

Mutya ng Pilipinas Inc. president Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo echoes Flores’ sentiment.  “Angela is very beautiful and has a confidence not usually seen in girls her age.  I hope she will wrap up Mutya’s international pageant campaign beautifully like Sofia Sibug (Miss World Beauty Queen top 10 finalist and Miss Popularity), Ilene de Vera (Miss Asia Pacific International fourth runner-up), Jannie Alipo-on and Hannah Iglesia.”

Indeed Mutya ng Pilipinas beauties this year did very well in their international pageants, a fitting prelude to next year’s search that coincides with its 50th anniversary.

A grand reunion of Mutya beauty queens is being organized for next year’s pageant.  “We hope to gather all the Mutya queens from its first year in 1968 to the present. 

“Mutya ng Pilipinas has seen good and bad times but we’re still here, promoting tourism and goodwill through beauty as it has for 50 years! We can’t wait to celebrate and share with all of you our grand milestone next year,” said Hemilyn, also a Mutya ng Pilipinas winner, during the Mutya ng Pilipinas Christmas party at Aposento Bar in Makati last Tuesday.
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