DAVAO CITY — The crowd favorite contestant number 11, Allyza Molly T. Teodoro from Buhangin Proper was crowned Mutya ng Dabaw 2016 on Tuesday night, March 15.
During the question and answer portion the five candidates were asked with different questions. But when Teodoro was asked if she would consider herself competing the Mutya ng Dabaw even if there were no cash prize involved, she ended with the famous quote by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.
“Yes, I would still join Mutya ng Dabaw without cash prize, because I believe that true beauty is not in the physical outlook. As long as you have eyes that are able to see what other people’s eyes can’t see, ears that are able to hear the clamor of your fellowmen and lips that are able to speak words of wisdom, knowledge and understanding and your hands are able to touch the lives of others with mercy and compassion, then you don’t need to be famous to help other people as long as you have a heart, you are confidently beautiful with a heart,” said Teodoro.
The 21-year old student from the University of Immaculate Concepcion thanked her whole barangay and church mates who were the liveliest crowd throughout the event.
Her advocacy focuses on the interest and welfare of out-of-school youth through sports and alternative learning system education.
The venue was packed with residents from different barangays, schools and organizations who gathered to cheer their candidates and witnessed the coronation night of one of the most awaited events of the Araw ng Dabaw.
The top 15 candidates were selected to represent their beauty together with their advocacy for the city on Tuesday night at the Davao City Recreation Center.
Among the 15 candidates, the top five finalists were chosen to move to the final event of the evening, which was the question and answer portion.
Dane Rhea Sillo, 21 years old 4th year Mass Communication student of Ateneo de Davao University was the first runner-up or the Diwa ng Davao. Ma. Karis Gabriella del Corro, a Mass Communications graduate was the Sinag ng Dabaw (second runner-up).
Elda Louise Aznar, 20 years old, and a graduate of Interior Design at the Philippine Women’s College was crowned as the Pag-asa ng Dabaw (3rd runner-up) and Angelica Almaden, 19 years old a 2nd year Political Science student from Ateneo de Davao University bagged the Patnubay ng Dabaw (4th runner-up) and also the best talent award.
Kathleen Beniga was chosen as Ms. Congeniality and Jovilyn Gavan was Miss Photogenic award 2016. (davaotoday.com)