Mutya Ng Pilipinas showcases the beauty of Filipino ladies
Tourists from different parts of the world flock to the Philippines not only because of its amazing beaches, beautiful landmarks and palatable food.
Some come to witness the rich culture and to see in the flesh the beautiful people of the country. Due to their mixed ancestry, Philippines ladies beauty stands out from other Asian women.
In fact, because of their killer looks and sharp mental ability, beauty contests are held all over the country more often than not. Even in a simple fiesta celebration, a beauty pageant is a part of the activity and the residents even in rural areas are eager to witness and support such event.
A beauty pageant is a common activity in the country that even in small barrios where the financial support of the government is barely enough, this kind of activity remains popular. It has become part of the culture of the Filipino people. Beauty contests happen nationwide even in urban areas without the luxury of media exposure.
2011 Winner - Vickie Marie Rushton of Bacolod
The prestigious beauty pageants that are known nationwide have become inspiration for those who aspire to represent the country in international events. These beauty pageants see the participation of many beautiful and ambitious young women from different social backgrounds who aspire for quick ascend to the top of their career ladder.
Of all the beauty pageants that are quite popular to the general public, the Mutya ng Pilipinas (Pearl of the Philippines), is one of the most prestigious and anticipated events in the country.
Mutya ng Pilipinas is a beauty pageant held annually in the Philippines. The organization promotes Beauty Tourism stemming from the motivation and inspiration in promoting tourism, social responsibility, fashion, and beauty pageantry within the greater Asia Pacific with the direct participation of the overseas Filipino communities around the globe.
The Mutya ng Pilipinas contest has produced four Miss Asia Pacific winners Maria Carmen Zaragoza in 1982, Gloria Dimayacyac in 1983, Lorna Legaspi in 1989 and Michelle Aldana in 1993.
From 1977-1991 Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia and Mutya ng Pilipinas World competed in 2 international beauty pageants such as Miss Asia Pacific International and Miss World. The runners-up compete in Miss Wonderland International, Miss Tourism International, Miss Intercontinental, Queen of Clubs International, Queen of the Year and Miss Expo International.
One of the titles of Mutya ng Pilipinas, which was first named Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia has undergone name changes starting from 1965 until 1983 for the Miss Asia Quest. Then it was renamed Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific for Miss Asia Pacific Quest from 1984 until 2004.
In 2005, the title was renamed once again to Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International for Miss Asia Pacific International Quest.
Then in 2006, the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant was completely & officially scrapped with the national titlist nowhere to compete internationally and was retained for 3 years. The winner in 2006 was sent to Miss Intercontinental and in 2007 to Miss Tourism Metropolitan International.
The Mutya organizers finally changed the title to Mutya ng Pilipinas International in 2008 as the top winner and the second winner as Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism.
In 2010, the top prize received the title of Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International and the co-winners with the titles of Mutya ng Pilipinas Intercontinental & Asia Pacific International.
Currently, two of the primary winners of the pageant namely Mutya ng Pilipinas International and Mutya ng Pilipinas Toursim were selected as representatives to Miss Intercontinental and Miss Tourism International. Completing the winners circle includes Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities and the 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. (Jade Sanchez)