MWP 2012 Notes: Contestant #18 Rufaida Babudin
RUFAIDA BABUDIN’S WINNING ASSET: Dark Beauty from the Tribes
I first came across Rufaida Babudin at the Miss Lions Clubs International 2012 beauty pageant where she won the Lions Mutya title giving her the right to compete in the Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant. But why are we seeing her in the Miss World Philippines? Because MWP Head Cory Quirino, who was one of the judges in the Lions beauty pageant personally invited Rufaida Babudin to join.
The biggest attraction of this girl is that she is a beautiful Molbog tribe woman from Palawan. A rare find, I must say. On her info sheet in Miss World Philippines she describes her father as a tribe farmer and her mother, a tribe housewife. Rufaida Babudin speaks only Bisaya and Molbog but I hear that she is quickly learning how to converse with other contestants in Pilipino. Nope, she reportedly doesn’t speak a stitch of English. And yes, if she wins MWP 2012, pageant organizers will make sure she has a translator.
A bit of history on the Molbog Tribe: they are primarily a Muslim minority living mostly on Balabac Island. Livelihood is mainly farming, fishing and barter trading. It is interesting to note that in her MWP file, Rufaida Babudin says her hobbies include, “pag-akyat ng puno, pagtanim ng palay at mais at manghuli ng isda.” (climbing trees, planting rice and corn and catching fish.) If this was Survivor, Rufaida Babudin would SURELY win!
But seriously, I have a heart for this girl; after the Lion’s Clubs pageant, I saw her backstage crying while two other contestants were patting her back. I asked what was wrong and the two girls informed me that Rufaida Babudin was so overwhelmed because the prize money she won meant she could continue her education. She is currently a graduate of Balabac National High School with dreams of finishing college and helping her Tribe through educational programs.