Maranao bet wins 'Hiyas 2011' crown

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Thursday, August 18, 2011


THE most coveted "Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2011" crown has been awarded to the beautiful and talented lady from the Maranao tribe, Rahima Usman, a nursing student and daughter of the Maranao tribe's deputy mayor during the coronation night last Wednesday.

"I am very proud of my daughter and now I can say that I have done well in raising them (children) up," said Randy Usman, deputy mayor of Maranao tribe.

The Davao Recreation Center was jampacked with spectators and guests. The 10 candidates were carried on mini floats by their tribesmen and paraded down the aisle to the staged donning their best tribal attire.

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Bernalin Mamboo of the Ata tribe was proclaimed Hiyas sa Kauswagan (Gem of Progress, 1st runner up) and Almeline Cheenee Hamid of the Sama tribe is Hiyas sa Tingusbawan (Gem of Fulfilled Promise, 2nd runner up).

While other candidates were all declared as Hiyas sa Kaliwatan (Tribal Gem) are Judelyn Ogos (Bagobo Tagabawa), Mia Rose Sarip Apadan (Kagan), Jhel Ann Oboc (Obu Manuvu), Fauzia Jamsuri (Tausog), Norie Fe Licomes (Bagobo Klata), Zarina Mangadta (Maguindanao), and Leah Jean Benito (Matigsalog).

When asked if she ever considered having a boyfriend at 16, Rahima Usman wittingly answered that she is more focused on her studies than ever but she said that she is looking forward for the day when she will meet the right guy for her.

The host of the coronation night, JR the R&B king, was enthralled by how attractively smart the candidates were in answering the questions. Janno Gibbs serenaded the ladies.

Hiyas ng Kauswagan, Bernalin Mamboo of the Ata Manobo tribe, was asked how it feels to wear heels for the first time and said it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to show that she can indeed compete with the other ladies.

Mayor Sara Duterte was proud of what her bet had achieved, she has openly spoken to the media of her favorite candidate and that would be the Ata Manobo tribe.

"Unfortunately, my bet did not win this year but last year the Ata Manobo won, maybe next year we will again bring home the crown," Duterte added.

Prizes for the winners are as follows: Hiyas sa Kadayawan -- P50,000; Hiyas sa Kauswagan -- P40,000; Hiyas sa Tingusbawan -- P30,000; and Hiyas sa Kaliwatan -- P10,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 19, 2011.

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