One of the grandest beauty pageants in Mindanao particularly in Misamis Occidental concluded last November 9, 2018 at the Medina Gymnasium, Ozamiz City.
Mutya ng Misamis Occidental was scheduled in November as one of the highlights of the annual Pas’ungko S’g Festival – a yearly celebration in honor of its recognition as a new province after its division with Misamis Oriental and also to the settlers of the Province which is the Subanen Tribe, the only tribal people found in the area.
Celine Mae Pangan, who hails from Ozamiz City, was crowned as this years Mutya ng Misamis Occidental. Celine won last year’s Miss Earth Northern Mindanao at Cagayan de Oro, and was favored to win a crown by pageant sites.
During the finals night of Mutya ng Misamis Occidental, Celine received most of the major awards of the pageant: Best in Production Attire, Best in Subanen Attire, Best in Playsuit, Best in Gown and Miss Photogenic.
She wore a dazzling blue gown by Ozamiz City’s Pride, Versalez Creations by Boyboy Tusing and pageant shoes by Jojo Bragais.
In the question and answer, she was asked with the final question: “The millenials in our society have the strongest power for change. as a concerned Misamisnon millenial, what is your message to all running politicians in the upcoming elections?”
“My message to all running politicians in the upcoming elections is significantly going back to the roots of public service delivery. As quoted by the famous president abraham lincoln “Government of the people, by the people, for the people” a good and effective governance aids public service deliver as it encourages better decision making and efficient use of resources. Most importantly, as running politicians, you should not vest your personal interest but rather the general welfare of the province. So as a millenial woman, i call upon the future leaders, misamisnons and all filipino people to come together. As the latin maxim goes, Est Unita Fortoir. meaning in unity there is strength…”
To complete the Mutya ng Misamis Occidental 2018 Coronation Night, the candidates were being serenaded by celebrity guest, Mr. Ian Veneracion. Pageant’s host was Mr. Paolo Bediones with Miss Earth 2004, Priscilla Merilles-Estrada and Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Ilene de Vera who served as part of the judging panel.