A CITY official announced that there will be no age limit for this year’s Mutya ng Dabaw.
Jennifer Romero, Davao City Tourism Operations Office (DCTOO) head, said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex on January 30 that they will be implementing some changes in the guidelines of Mutya ng Dabaw this year.
For this year’s pageant, the age limit has been removed, allowing contestants aged 18 years old and above to compete in the pageant.
The previous years’ guidelines, those who were allowed to join are only those who are 18 to 28 years old.
“We wanted to be inclusive to everyone. Before, we put an age bracket for these candidates to join,” Romero said.
“That’s one of the guidelines we revised. One Mutya (ng Dabaw) candidate should be 18 and above, we don’t put an age limit for any possible contestant,” she added.
In a separate text message, Romero said that the removal of the age limit for aspiring candidates, “shall be understood to promote inclusivity and that we do not condone social discrimination with regards to age,”
“That is why the screening will be made because we will not veer away with the concept and the relevance of the pageant itself,” Romero said via text message with SunStar Davao.
Aside from the removal of age limit, she said that they will be accepting 50 official candidates for the pageant for the preliminary round.
“On Saturday (February 4, 2023), we will be selecting 50 [candidates] because we wanted to celebrate the golden year of Mutya ng Dabaw,” she said.
All aspiring candidates may get their application forms at the DCTOO, on the 4th floor of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) building, Palma Gil St., Davao City. Deadline of submission of forms will be on or before the screening date on February 4.
Meanwhile, Romero also said Ginoong Dabawenyo will not be held this year. ICE