14 Fil-Scandinavian beauties vie for Mutya crown

By Macel Ingles, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Jan 18 2013 01:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2013 08:05 PM

OSLO - Fourteen Filipino-Scandinavian beauties made it as finalists to the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant to be held in Oslo next month.

Of the 14, two are from Denmark, three from Sweden, one from Iceland and the rest from Norway.

Those who made it to the finals include:

Aubrey Andersen, 20
Isabella de Leon, 20

Emma Ribot Ekberg, 15
Noelle Sunshine Francisco, 18
Nazita Reyhanian Guevarra, 23

Asdis Lisa Karlsdottir, 20

Britt Roselyn Camillo Rekkedal, 20
Cherie-Eila Virtudazo Evensen, 18
Buena Margrethe Camello Dalen, 21
Marie Molo Peter, 22
Shienna Sagarino Forus, 16
Anna Alonzo Vehre, 19
Elin Evaresta Montejo Skei, 18
Jerica May Macaganda, 24

“We are very excited about this event, this is the first time in the history of the Filipino communities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland that we are holding a very big pageant from these countries in the Scandinavia and the Nordic Region,” Grace Vasquez, Mutya ng Pilipinas Board Chairperson told ABS-CBN Europe in an interview.

The Mutya organizers held several talent searches for candidates in the Scandinavia countries and the Nordic Region in partnerships with Filipino community organizations in the area since last year.

Vasquez hopes that an event like this can be the start of making Scandinavia a powerhouse when it comes to producing beauty queens for the Philippines.

“Here in Scandinavia, we have, especially Filipinos with mixed race, they are very beautiful. They ooze self-confidence so we are thinking if we are able to gather all these beautiful women and train them into becoming beauty queens, we will be able to contribute to becoming a powerhouse of beauty (queens).”

The long awaited event had set the Filipino Norwegian community abuzz with hundreds of shares on social networking sites including Facebook.

The Pageant will have Philippine culture and history as its theme and is expected to pay tribute to the Filipino roots.

Pageant choreographer Sanny Gipgano revealed the candidates will be wearing the terno instead of the long evening gowns for their final appearance and for the coronation.

Gipgano also said there will be a lot of Filipino production numbers from the candidates and a bevy of Filipino entertainers for the two-day pageant extravaganza in Oslo.

To make the event accessible to most Filipinos, the Mutya organizers even made it possible for tickets to be purchased online.

While the concept is yet to pick up among Filipinos, Winnie Rabanal, owner of Rabanal Promotions said, it is just a matter of time before kababayans get used to the idea. Tickets to Filipino events are usually sold at the gates or through networks and this is the first time that tickets to a Filipino event will be made available online.

The Mutya Talent and Swimsuit competition will be held at Bekkelaget, Oslo on February 8 while the Coronation Night will be held at Storsalen in Oslo, a day after.

Two winners in the competition will officially represent the Filipino communities in Scandinavia and the Nordic Regions in the Mutya ng Pilipinas national pageant this year.

In turn, winners in the Mutya ng Pilipinas are sent overseas to compete for international titles such as the Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Tourism International and Miss Intercontinental pageants.

At least two Scandinavia beauty queens so far had made it to the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant: Mutya ng Pilipinas Norway 2011 Maria Bergersen and Mutya ng Pilipinas Norway 2007 and Miss Norway Universe 2007 Kirby Ann Basken. Basken competed in the Miss Intercontinental pageant and made it to the top 12 finalists.

Vasquez hopes that the winners to this event will make a strong showing in Mutya pageant.

“We have done it before and we can do it again,” Vasquez, who is also mother to Basken, concluded.

ABS-CBN’s affiliate, The Filipino Channel (TFC) is the pageant’s media partner in the Mutya event.