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.
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It’s a good thing her winning presence overshadowed the outdated styling of what she wore during the event.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.
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!
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!
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.
When the Miss Supranational 2013 candidates visited Bialowieza Forest, little did they know that one of their stops inside the ‘enchanted forest’ was the house of Santa Claus. Well, at least the Belarusian version of the old guy who’s supposed to hail from Finland.
And by now, I can safely say that our Mutya Datul has already gotten her full bearings back in harness. She is photographing more beautifully nowadays as compared to her first few days in Minsk. I’d say she’s back in the game!
When you’re in an extremely foreign land where there could only be the smallest of Pinoy expat or OFW population around, what would be the next closest thing to find some sort of sisterly comfort? Bond with fellow candidates who share your roots!
In the city of Minsk, Mutya Datul, Suzette Hernandez and Marie Peter find warmth in each other’s company. They may represent three different countries, but are tied together by their Filipino origins.
The presence of many other contestants can help lessen the homesickness. But there’s nothing like good old kababayan spirit that can temporarily replace the absence of family ties. This despite the fact that the Miss Supranational 2013 is still a competition and all three of them will be on opposite sides of the pole once the battle for the crown continues.
For now, just enjoy the time in Belarus. You still have around 12 days remaining in the calendar of events before packing your bags for home, unless one ends up winning or placing in the Top 5 (which means an extension of stay).
Our Mutya is having a grand time touring the best of Minsk and surrounding cities as part of their 7-day introduction to the sights of the Belarusian capital.
Together with the 80 other contestants, she was able to visit Vitebsk, Polotsk and Grodno, with pit stops in Spaso-Euphrosyne Monastery (where everyone had to cover their heads with a veil to show respect for the sacred place) and the St. Sophia Cathedral where she must’ve made three wishes, as is customary whenever it is one’s first time to enter and pray in a particular church.
Preliminary rehearsals were also made at the Summer Amphitheater of the Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk.
More to come from Minsk!
While some readers might think that I’m sowing intrigue between the Miss Supranational 2013 entries of the Philippines and Thailand, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that the Asian focus has rested on them in the meantime (inspite of India sending a worthy rep as well).
With the memory of Miss Supranational 2012 (where both countries made it to the Top 5) still fresh in our minds, the question as to who is the better-looking candidate arises. Is it Thanyaporn Srisen who is almost always seen wearing that long black skirt allowing her to move with grace everywhere she goes? Or is it our very own Mutya Datul who strikes with an eternally smiling presence and disarms watchers with her natural glow?
For sure, Mutya is aiming for another Top 5 finish bettering Elaine Kay Moll’s 3rd Runner-Up placement last year, if not the crown itself. And Thanyaporn is dead-set on eclipsing the 1st Runner-Up spot of fellow Thai Nanthawan Wannachutha in Poland.
Who will outshine who in the end?
Continuing with the adventures of Mutya Datul in Minsk, our pretty representative is experiencing first-hand the uniqueness of Belarus as a host country. It doesn’t happen too often that a pageant this size is conducted in a place steeped in byzantine mystique. Along with the other Asian delegates, she is learning how to get over the initial culture shock (if you will call it that) plus appreciating the all-new surroundings that will keep her company till the first week of September.
Enjoy your time there, Mutya!
Always look up and smile!