AMONG the 29 candidates who vied for the prestigious title as the next Mutya ng Dabaw 2017, Reina Kobayashi, 18, took home the crown.
The search for the city’s ambassadress of goodwill has been one of the highlights of the annual celebration of the Araw ng Dabaw which were participated by Dabawenyas with exceptional capacity who are deemed fitting to represent the city.
Carly Jane Chua, meanwhile, was named Diwa Ng Dabaw and also bagged most of the minor awards, Geanne Claire Lu as Sinag Ng Dabaw, Marjorie Ormido as Pag-asa Ng Dabaw and Angelique Pasion as Patnubay Ng Dabaw.
Kobayashi, who hails from Barangay Cabantian, Buhangin, was crowned as this year’s Mutya ng Dabaw during the coronation night on Wednesday, March 15 at the Davao City Recreational Center.
All the contenders were asked the same question: If they will win and be crowned as the 2017 Mutya ng Dabaw, what would be the life-changing opportunity that will make them decide to give up the crown?
“I believe that to be Mutya ng Dabaw is actually to have a pure passion for service. Therefore, given any circumstance, I think Mutya ng Dabaw should be able to represent the people of Davao. And we all know, Dabawenyos as resilient people, they are able to stand tall against all those circumstances that may be thrown at them,” she said.
“Therefore if there will come a chance or a certain circumstance that I will be asked to give out my crown or my throne because of something, I will definitely not do it Because if this so, I will not be able to represent Dabawenyos that well, I will fail to do my responsibility as a Mutya and we know that Dabawenyos are resilient and as Mutya ng Dabaw, I, myself should be resilient,” she said, which was followed by a loud cheer from the crowd.
Kobayashi, who is a chemical engineering student of Ateneo de Davao University, considered her victory as a dream-come-true experience and also a platform to advance her advocacy in promoting the significance of family orientation and to instill the minds of the parents about the importance of guiding their children in order to acquire a better life in the future.
“I really feel happy actually I never expect that I will win tonight,” Kobayashi said.
She vowed to fulfill her advocacy and debunk the notion that beauty queens are only for the cameras. She wanted to prove that they are women with substance and have a purpose and that is to push forward for their various advocacies and be an inspiration to other people.
Also a title holder as Miss Buhangin 2017, Kobayashi said she is not entertaining the pressure right now as she would focus her mind on how to contribute for the betterment of her fellow Dabawenyos and be able to better represent the people of Davao. (With KVC/SunStar Davao)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 17, 2017.
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