Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Miss Supranational Mutya Datul’s journey to victory

MANILA, Philippines - Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul is seen during a press conference in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, on 09 September 2013, upon her arrival from Minsk, Belarus. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES)

mutya Johanna Datul, the first Filipina and the first Asian to bag the Miss Supranational crown, has not lost her humility.

The first word she uttered when she met the press who waited for her at the Gloria Maris Banquet Hall in Gateway Mall was “sorry.”

Members of media were told that Mutya’s victory presscon was scheduled at 5:30 p.m. But the Bb. Pilipinas’ PR officer later said it was moved to sometime after 8 p.m. because “Mutya’s flight will be delayed.”

“Sorry naghintay kayo ng matagal,” Mutya said. Hindi ninyo  alam ang pingdaanaan ko. I  missed my flight. Hindi ito first time na na-experience ko. First time ko mag-travel abroad.”

Disarming honesty
Her honesty was disarming. Mutya was not ashamed to admit  she was at a loss when she reached Hong Kong on her way to Moscow (the pageant was held in Belarus, a country in Eastern Europe, near Russia).

“Sobrang challenging ang pagpunta ko ng Moscow. Nag-stop ako sa Hong Kong. Hindi ko alam ang gagawin. Hindi ko alam kung sino ang kakausapin ko, Feeling ko hindi na ako makakapunta ng Belarus.”

So she did what her Bb. Pilipinas mentors taught her. She asked around.

“Mabuti  na lang na hindi mawawala ang mga taong tutulong sa ‘yo. Hindi ako nahiyang magtanong.  Ang advice sa kin is “It’s better to ask an ask kesa mawala ka.”

Result: Mutya didn’t get lost.  But she missed her flight to Moscow.
Unfazed, she focused on bringing home the crown and nothing else. 
Ultimate dream
Mutya didn’t bat an eyelash when she told the panel of interviewers a day before the pageant,  “I want to become Miss Supranational. This is my ultimate dream. I want to become an ambassadress. I want to become a good example and be an inspiration to many. I promise to do my best, to pour my heart into it so I can do all my responsibilities as Miss Supranational.”

Compared to her four fellow finalists, Mutya’s answer was brief and to-the-point.

“Yung apat, para silang newscasters. They explained too much. Inantok ako sa sinabi nila. “And she felt the judges in the closed-door interview empathized with her.  

Mutya made them sit up and notice with her energetic greeting “Mabuhay!”  She endeared herself to them by introducing herself in  well-rehearsed Russian.

During the swimsuit portion, Mutya again made sure the judges won’t forget her. She narrated how she turned her head before making an exit “para malaman ng tao na ako dapat.”

Everybody became her friends, especially fellow Pinays, Miss Norway Marie Molo Peter and Miss Canada Suzette Aquino (they’re half-Filipinos).

Mutya recalls speaking to them in Tagalog and treating them as close  friends, not competitors.

No wonder so many people shouted “Philippines, Philippines,” when Mutya was proclaimed winner.

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Kris Aquino rides the MRT for the first time

Many commuters were stranded last Tuesday after a heavy downpour worsened evening rush hour traffic along major thoroughfares in the metro. Not even the Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino was spared from slow-moving vehicles that she decided to take her chances with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). 

The actress-host was running late going to an event hosted by a brand she’s endorsing when she encountered rush hour traffic along EDSA. Kris, who was traveling to Mandaluyong from Makati, revealed on Instagram that her vehicle didn’t move for 45 minutes. “Parking lot level ang EDSA,” she said.

It’s the first time the sister of the president rode the public train system on a regular day. Around the  year 2000, she got on the MRT to shoot the opening billboard (OBB) of the showbiz talk show, The Buzz.

Before getting on the train, the A-list celebrity was assured of her security. She says, “Sinabi sa kin ‘nung isa sa PSG (Presidential Security Group) na babae, ‘ma’am, ok lang po kasi ‘yung first three (coaches) puro babae lang po dun so pwede kayo dun.’ So yun! And then bumili na ng ticket tapos sumakay na. Go go go!”

Kris Aquino rides the MRT for the first time.

For a more comfortable ride, she took a piece of advice from one of her sisters. “Ang ate ko called me, she said, ‘Krissy, change shoes, okay? I’m sure you have flats so mag-flats ka muna.’” 

When she arrived at the event, Kris traded her flats for a dressier pair of black cage heels.

The star had nothing but good words for commuters she joined on the usually-crowded train. “Ang bait nila. Kasi they made space for me talaga. Yun ang naramdaman ko kasi tinatanong nila ‘gano ka-traffic ba para mapasakay ka?’ Sabi ko, ‘dalawang oras eh. Imagine sa Buendia ako nanggaling. Paseo de Roxas pa-Buendia. Two hours to get to Guadalupe! Ano ba yun! Sabi ko, ay naku, bahala na si Batman. Go na 'to!“ 

The enthusiastic host continues, “Naaliw sila! Tapos sabi ko, ‘picture tayo!’ Tapos lahat sila sabay-sabay naglabasan ng camera. It’s so cute.”

She further gushed, “Ang saya! Nakaka-tao, di ba? At yun ang gusto ko. Parang sabi ko nga, ang traffic, walang pinipili talaga. Na-realize ko ‘yung convenience nung MRT.” 

Asked if she would ride the train again, Kris didn’t skip a beat in saying ‘oo naman!’

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