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It’s a good thing her winning presence overshadowed the outdated styling of what she wore during the event.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! :-D
Although Santa Claus is from Finland, Belarus has their own version of the fat guy with the white beard. And Mutya was so excited to have her picture taken with the same.
Mutya is back in the game!
Looking good, Mutya!
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! ;-)
Suzette from Canada, Marie from Norway, Mutya from the Philippines: three different countries with one common factor.
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.
The ladies posing in the bountiful fields of Brest, Belarus.
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). ;-)
Mutya Datul with the girls while touring Minsk and surrounding cities.
More tour photos of Mutya with the other girls
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.
While shopping in Grodno, the ladies posed for a group shot.
Inside St. Sophia Cathedral
Preliminary rehearsals were also made at the Summer Amphitheater of the Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk.
More to come from Minsk! ;-)
These two ladies are the most pressured Asian delegates in 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.
Take your pick.
Who will outshine who in the end? ;-)