Thanks to Ate Dons for her excellent coverage of the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 at her blog – Donna Whatto Say! Unfortunately, she can’t cover the coronation night live because the “tickets and invitations people” of the event, in all their infinite wisdom, ignored the local bloggers (BatangBaler included) who serves as the only source of information for the Aurorans who are not in Baler, especially those who are abroad since the official sites, aurora.ph, baleraurora.net and even mutyapilipinas.com are silent about the event and are not updating.
Pictures of the arrival to Aurora Province of the Mutya candidates on July 30. They were welcomed too many times in one day. At the boundary in Canili, they were welcomed with a presentation from local drum and lyre group. Then at the Maria Aurora Municipal Hall, they were welcomed by Mayor Ariel Bitong with a short program and were given merienda and souvenirs. Then all hopped in 4 x 4 vehicles for a motorcade to Baler. The candidates were then welcomed by Mayor Arthur Angara and the other officials of Baler at the Quezon Park. Then there was a short tour of Museo de Baler. Then the candidates were taken to the capitol for a short program. Then they had another snack at the SP Hall while being serenaded by a rondalla group. Lastly they had a welcome dinner at Bahia de Baler. The head shot pictures on the last part of the set were taken the next day at Bay’s Inn Acoustic Bar.