Why I Think Mutya Datul Lost in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 and Other Random Thoughts…

Mutya Johanna Datul

I left the UP Theater really saaad last night because my ultimate favorite Mutya Johanna Datul of Isabela did not win any of the crowns after I predicted so confidently that she would. In spite of her top performance in the gown and swimsuit portions, her Q&A was not up to par, ruining her chances of glory. Mutya Johanna Datul may have won a bodega’s worth of special awards but it ain’t nuthin’ without the crown!

Click here to see the list of winners at Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012!

Another thing that did in Mutya Johanna Datul was the performance of Camille Guevarra that night. It was hallaballistic! From the second Camille stepped on stage, I knew my candidate was in trouble. You did quite a job, Camille and you deserve the crown!

Camille Guevarra’s beauty, BTW, reminds me of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon – very regal and very Pinay those two. While I didn’t expect Camille Guevarra to win, I can’t complain after seeing her dominate the stage on coronation night. We have a powerful contestant to send to the Miss Asia Pacific this year!

Markki Stroem

RANDOM THOUGHT #1 – Markki Stroem’s skinny mustache has to go!

I have an aversion to light mustaches and kept wishing throughout the pageant for Markky Stroem to just shave it off backstage. You either have a moustache or you don’t. Peach fuzz is only for 12 year olds.

In fairness, I enjoyed his jazz serenade number A LOT! At cute naman talaga siya.

RANDOM THOUGHT #2 – What’s up with that Japanese Interpreter?

One of the contestants was a Filipina representing the Japanese community. When the hosts said that she would require a translator, I could hear eyebrows all around me hitting the ceiling. But that wasn’t really the problem. I clearly heard the contestant refer to Jose Rizal in her answer but the interpreter did not mention Jose Rizal. Plus, the interpreter also seemed quite impressed by the contestant’s answer (did anyone else notice this?) – IMHO, translators should act neutral. Hmph.

#8 Reynalyn Flores Yamanouchi representing the Fil-Japanese community in Muty ng Pilipinas 2012

One more random thought since we’re on this. If the pretty Fil-Japanese contestant had won, she would’ve competed abroad with a Philippine sash and a Japanese interpreter. A strange situation indeed…  which brings me to this question which goes out to all you pageant fans with encyclopedic knowledge: Do you know of any contestant who competed in an international pageant not using any of her nation’s official or accepted languages?

#10 Marbee Tiburcio wins Mutya ng Overseas 2012

RANDOM THOUGHT #3 What? The Mutya ng Overseas winner is NOT in the Top 10?

What’s up with that? The winner of the Mutya ng Overseas Community title got a crown but was not part of the Top 10 and didn’t get to participate in the Q&A – ang weird diba? Parang token title tuloy. I think that winning the Overseas special title should automatically fast-track her to the Top 10 where she has the opportunity to win one of the main crowns or runner-up titles.

Or maybe they can have a Queen each from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Overseas. And all are fast-tracked into the Top list. Haissst! I just believe that there exists a better way to give out this title…

RANDOM THOUGHT #4 Geeez, just LOVE those Ternos that Mama Renee Made for the Top 10 contestants!

Oh, it’s so good to have Mama Renee back in charge of the beauty at Mutya ng Pilipinas. And for the organization to give an award to the designers is also heart-warming. These beauty contestants would be nada por nada without their backers who dress them, pretty-fy them and train them to be beautiful. Welcome back Mama Renee! Loved those Ternos ❤

The Top 10 in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 wearing Renee Salud Ternos

RANDOM THOUGHT #5 Message to  Mutya Johanna Datul:

Darling, you were fabulous at the coronation! I hope you’re not feeling too bad about not winning but this is not yet your time and you have to accept that and move on. I really believe you should join Bb. Pilipinas or Miss World Philippines next year. But you REALLY have to work on your Q&A and be open to answering in Tagalog/Pilipino. Keep developing your personality and get into the gym too! You’re already naturally slim so work on toning your muscles. I believe you have what it takes to be a winner!

Mutya Johanna Datul in a Renee Salud Terno


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