Top 3 (L-R): 2nd RU Leyla Kose of Turkey, Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul of the Philippines and 1st RU Jacqueline Morales of Mexico (Photo courtesy of Global Beauties)
Full court which includes 3rd RU from Indonesia (1st from left) and 4th RU from US Virgin Islands (1st from right)
Courtesy of Global Beauties
Mutya cries after winning Miss Supranational 2013
All smiles after winning the crown
At the culmination of final proceedings at the Sports Palace of Minsk, our very own Mutya Johanna Datul zoomed to the top, outclassed 83 other claimers and was elected Miss Supranational 2013 – the 5th one in the pageant’s growing sisterhood and the first from Asia and the Philippines. As I have stated long before, this girl is destined for greater things and winning the crown is the biggest turning point in her life.
Watch her winning moment below.
courtesy of Miss Panama Net
Mabuhay ang Gandang Pilipina!
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Mabuhay ka, Mutya Datul!
Tonight (Belarus time), one beauty will be crowned Miss Supranational 2013 at the Sport’s Palace of Minsk. Who will the lucky woman be? After repeated reviews of the contenders, I’ve managed to whittle down the list to my Top 20. They are:
Now, the tougher part is to trim the 20 to just the Top 5. Anything can really happen here. The only thing that is next to certainty is the placement of host delegate Veronika Chachina in the magic circle.
Gut feel tells me that our Mutya Datul will make it this far. To forecast a #1 rank for her is a totally different thing, though. The field is not the easiest to size up. But it is very likely that – together with Sally Lindgren of Sweden, Esma Voloder of Australia and Camille Rene of France – she will have an equal chance of grabbing the title.
My Top 5
Let’s see what the results will show after the coronation wraps up.
Mutya with the other candidates during their preliminary judging for Friday’s finals.
Crucial is the right word to describe the current state of Miss Supranational 2013 ongoings.
The Preliminary Judgings – which will determine the Top 20 – are being held (most of them have already finished the routine). And Mutya Datul is keeping her fingers crossed that she left a positive impression on the decision-makers at this point.
Our bet has done her best. Let’s just hope that everything will turn out well.
Our Mutya during rehearsals of Miss Supranational 2013.
The finals night of Miss Supranational 2013 will be this coming Friday, September 6. The candidates are busy rehearsing and perfecting their blockings for the presentations. And our Mutya is hoping and praying that she has done enough to better our placement in last year’s edition, if not win the crown itself.
As part of the candidates' gift-giving to the host city, Mutya (and everyone else) brought books. Our bet had coffee table hardbounds about the Philippines.
Mutya (L) with Marie Peter
Good luck, Mutya!
Mutya's official photos for Miss Supranational 2013
Mutya during the video shoot at Minsk's Independence Square
Miss Supranational 2013 will be crowned later this week, September 6 to be exact. So these days, the candidates are busy rehearsing and filming for the live and video presentations that will be shown during the finals.
Our Mutya Datul must have really matured in such a short time, given that this is her first overseas trip to a far away land. And she knows too well that the name of the Philippines is at stake once she takes her place during the closed-door judging of all delegates. So she is not leaving any stones unturned at this point. Having left her mark early on when she was named Miss Personality, she will use the slight advantage to charm the judges even more.
Mutya in Independence Square of Minsk
Good luck in the remaining days of your Belarus journey, our dear Mutya. We’ll keep on supporting you till the end!
Both Mutya (L) and Nancy sang, but the latter did more to win Miss Talent.
In the recently-concluded talent competition of Miss Supranational 2013, the ladies performed an assortment of skills. Of particular interest for us, of course, is our Mutya Datul. Well, she gave a credible rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. But then again, her roommate – Nancy Markus of Malaysia – did a song-and-dance routine that had the audience in stitches. As a result, she won Miss Talent. But it’s all good between the two Southeast Asian reps.
Nancy Markus of Malaysia (center) was adjudged Miss Talent, with Johanna Medio of Cameroon (right) placing 2nd and Esonica Veira of US Virgin Islands 3rd.
Mutya and her now-infamous red orange attire
Yes, she won Miss Supranational Personality.
It’s a good thing her winning presence overshadowed the outdated styling of what she wore during the event.
And Mutya Datul seems to be getting the good breaks of late.
Let’s just hope that whatever other outfits are still left unworn in her luggage are the better stuff she brought to Minsk.
Mutya's swimsuit turn in MS2013
Above are photos of Mutya Datul during the swimsuit presentation of Miss Supranational 2013 at the National Beauty School of Minsk. This is the same event where she was awarded Miss Supranational Personality by the judges present.
Just keep the positive streak coming, Mutya!
Mutya's best shining moment so far!
Sweden, Philippines, Moldova and Puerto Rico make up the first recipients of Special Awards in MS2013.
And the battle has started.
Four special awards were handed out during an official pre-pageant activity of Miss Supranational 2013 at the National Beauty School in Minsk, where our very own Mutya Datul bagged the Miss Supranational Personality sash.
It was told that voting for the said citation was very close between her and Miss Myanmar. But in the end, it cannot be denied that Miss Philippines shines like a breath of fresh air everywhere she goes, especially during the individual presentations in swimsuits and evening gowns.
The other awardees are Sally Lindgren of Sweden for Miss Supranational Elegance, Valeria Donu of Moldova for Miss Supranational Top Model and Desiree del Rio of Puerto Rico for Miss Supranational Photogenic.
Way to go, Mutya!
Thanyaporn Srisen of Thailand taking her selfie while touring Bialowieza Forest.
While I’m not totally irritated with people constantly taking their selfies, I just find it a bit off when one is a beauty delegate in an international competition (with so many other companions and tour guides around) and would end up always taking a selfie during the daily excursions. I’m pretty sure there will always be someone beside or behind who’s more than willing to take her solo or group shot. I have nothing against Thailand’s Thanyaporn Srisen (who’s pictured above). It’s just that she is the one caught by the camera taking a selfie. And it’s not even a matter of not speaking English or anything. Asking another the favor of taking your picture is such a universal non-verbal gesture. Or she might be a little more on the shy side?
Just thinking out loud, I guess.