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!
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?
Mutya Datul with her co-candidates for MS2013.
Mutya may be shorter than the others (but still taller than a lot of the rest), but she always manages to stand out.
It's not hard to spot Mutya (first row standing, 2nd from the left) in a sea of beauties.
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!
The Philippines, Canada and Norway have one Supranational thing in common.
Mutya is starting to shine in Belarus.
Official welcome for the ladies
Reigning winner Katsiaryna Buraya
was around to welcome the ladies.
Amidst the non-stop rains flooding Metro Manila and tropical storm Maring adding more damage to an already super bad weather affecting a good part of Luzon, I just want to share the initial photographs of our Mutya Datul a couple of days after safely arriving in Minsk, Belarus for Miss Supranational 2013.
During one of the pre-pageant gatherings where all candidates were introduced to some members of the Press, Miss Philippines debuted her appearance wearing a black dress, simply made-up and with full smile on her face. It’s not hard for her to stand out, given a fresh and charming disposition that keeps her in good stead. And while this is still a competition where outshining each other is the usual norm, the natural warmth of our entry is evident.
Of course, we also know by now that there are two other ladies with Pinoy connections participating in the same. Full-blooded Filipina Suzette Hernandez is representing Canada, while half-Filipina Marie Molo Peter is wearing Norway’s sash. I’m pretty sure the three have already started bonding, and should get closer as the weeks progress.
Stay tuned for more updates from Belarus in the days to come! All photos courtesy of dengi.onliner.by
P.S. Mutya’s roommate is Nancy Marcus of Malaysia.
Lining up for her connecting flight to Moscow en route to Minsk, our Mutya is all smiles.
No Louis Vuittons, no Rimowas, no Goyards. Just one red hand-carry and plain (and huge) black zip-ons (aren’t those the kind of bags where you fit in balikbayan boxes for added protection?) which contain the wardrobe Mutya Datul will wear in chilly Minsk.
Miss Supranational Philippines 2013 flew to Hong Kong and, after a brief layover, connected for her flight to Moscow (wishful thinking for some that she stays there till November!) where she will take the momentous plane ride to her final destination in Belarus.
Good luck, girl!
Look at me, Belarus! (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Bruce Casanova/Jory Rivera)
While writing this post (with the subtitled Belarusian phrase in the title above), I was instantly reminded of the song “I am changing” from the movie adaptation of Dreamgirls that went…
Look at me, Look at me
I am changing
Trying every way I can
I am changing
I’ll be better than I am…
Come to think of it, she is a dreamgirl alright.
Tonight at 7:00PM, Miss Supranational Philippines 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul will fly to Minsk, Belarus to meet her date with destiny in what could be the biggest challenge in a young life full of hope and well-deserved aspirations.
The road won’t be the easiest to navigate and the language the hardest to comprehend. But our beautiful lass from Isabela is 100% ready – translator or no translator around to facilitate communication. Her presence alone should be enough to start weaving a unique blend of youthfulness, warmth and sincerity.
Let’s see if she will achieve her objective come September 6 – the finals of Miss Supranational 2013. I am quite optimistic about her chances.
Mutya's attire for her flight to Minsk!
Bon voyage, Mutya!