It should have been the usual beauty pageant where candidates with gorgeous physique sashayed in front of the audience. But the Mutya ng Pilipinas Melbourne beauties are different as they are all busy doing their own thing outside the world of glitz and glam: Vanessa Klevenz is a Business Banker for Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Pauline Edralin is Cost Engineer of an international construction consultancy: Sharina Timbayan is an Anaesthetic Nurse; Nicole Smirnov works at YD Mens clothing and Kookai while completing a double degree in Bachelor of Property and Real Estate and Bachelor in Commerce, and Kim Fyfe is a fit model for Roxy while studying a double degree in Nursing and Psychology.
During the Mutya presentation last 1 March at Club Italiano, 21-year old Sharina Timbayan grabbed three special awards: Mutya Most Guests, Mutya Best in Rio Attire and Mutya Best in Swimsuit. The Caroline Springs beauty currently works as an Anaesthetic Nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. “She’s sweet. An all-rounder. She’s a carpenter, a gardener and much more,” says Sharina’s mum, Pinky. The equally beautiful mum said she is having reservations sending her daughter to the Philippines as she still wants her to pursue her dreams here. Obviously, the mum is slowly accepting that her daughter will get the limelight she richly deserves.
Grandmother Leda Salvacion, on the other hand, was beaming with pride as she tried to get near her granddaughter who was busy talking to friends and supporters after the awarding. Sharina is one of Lola Leda’s 29 grandchildren.
The other special awards went to: Vanesa Klevenz, Mutya Photogenic; Nicole Smirnov, Mutya Best Smile, and Kim Fyfe, Mutya Beach Body.
Grand Mutya ng Pilipinas Coronation Night on 14 June
These Pinay beauties will vie for the Mutya Ng Pilipinas Melbourne title during the Grand Coronation Night on June 14, 2014 at L’Amour Reception. “Aside from the Mutya ng Pilipinas title, the girls will also compete for the Best in Gown and Best in Filipiniana,” Choy Symes told The Philippine Times.
Choy said that the Mutya Ng Pilipinas Melbourne candidates will also undergo an online interview from the Screening Committee of the Mutya Ng Pilipinas Philippines to be added on to their overall scores.
Sharina Timbayan and Kim Fyfe were chosen by Zsaneta Couture to model Zsaneta Bridal Couture gowns Fashion Extravaganza on 16 March 2014 at Melrose Reception.
Norma San-Diego Santos won the Best Guest in Rio Attire with her stunning headdress full of Swarovski crystal.
Board of judges of the night were: Daniel Leong, CEO of KEAT Management; Zsaneta of Zsaneta Couture; Leila Sweeney, Miss Humanity Australia 2nd runner up; Lorraine Henrietta Lau, Sleep Couture owner/designer; Dani Djokal, Sensis Business Development Executive, and Glen Thunder, an award-winning international stylist and owner of Allure hairdressing South Yarra.
Winner of the Best in Swimsuit received three nights free accommodation in Manila donated by Ann Bautista from 314F@Sea residences and a hair/make up and photo shoot to the value of $1000.00 donated by Glen Thunder Allure Hairdressing South Yarra.
Share-Me-A-Dream raises $6K for charity
The Mutya ng Pilipinas and the Rio De Janeiro Charity dinner dance were combined to support poor children in the Philippines. Choy said the charity dinner was able to raise $6K. For years now, the Share-Me-A-Dream has been helping the underprivileged Filipino children in the Philippines.
Daniel Abobo, for example, will benefit from the Dinner Dance when Choy and her group raise money for Daniel’s free operation. Daniel has an imperforate Anus (no hole in the anus). Share-Me-A-Dream will also conduct free clip operation and medical mission in Butuan City this August 2014.
Long-time sponsors recognised
Choy also awarded Plaque of Appreciation to long-time Share-Me-A Dream sponsors, Darren Cutajar (Expos Shoes), Norma San- Diego Santos, Maria Saunders (Pixie Dell Florist), Liza Di Blasio (Western Union), Kapitbahayan Melbourne Australia (for their $1,000 donation towards the Free Cataract Operation in Davao last December 2013) and Mega Nurses led by Jeanette Croucher who donated $1500 towards the Medical Mission 2014 on August 2014 in Butuan City.
Emcee of the night was Emma Burnside, current Miss Universe Australia 2014 candidate.
Mutya Ng Pilipinas Melbourne committee are: Choy Symes National Director; Hector Calara Assistant National Director; and Haydee Crupi, Terry Kane, Anna Solmeo and Lehi Reyes, national coordinators.
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