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Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

A Thank You Note from Sheryl Guerrero

Ms. Sheryl Guerrero
Ms. Sheryl Guerrero

To my beloved family, friends, and relatives,

Barely, I could not find enough words to express my sincerest gratitude to all of you who have been very supportive of me when I joined MUTYA NG PILIPINAS. From the bottom of my heart I THANK YOU ALL!!! Thank you for your sleepless nights voting for me online, thank you for all your unceasing prayers and thank you for just being there to boost me up.

Truthfully, I had a great time joining this once in a lifetime experience. I have learned so many things– things which are not part of my daily living; things that I could not imagine I was able to do and things which I have not thought of will be given to me to savor. People who are close to me and who know me personally can attest that I am really a private person. I would rather hide myself than to be out there in the public. I would rather cheer my friends performing on stage than doing the same in front of an audience. I would rather be in the backroom than in the limelight. Never in my dreams to become a beauty queen, the notion of wearing 5 inch- heels, posing in swimsuit wearing barely nothing, modeling, projecting in front of the camera, rehearsing for a dance number, smile here & there are totally not my stuff.

The typical Sheshe as what my family & friends call me would rather wear flats than high heels, would rather be pale than put some colors on my face, and would rather wear plain shirt than a designer gown. Before, I have never dreamed of becoming a beauty queen but having experienced this overwhelming episode of my life, I could really say that it was truly a pleasure and fulfillment for me as a woman and a gratitude to represent my province AURORA, to carry my surname GUERRERO, and to stand before the crowd and be called your MUTYA. I could say I had a great experience to remember throughout my life, an experience worth reminiscing and an experience worth sharing for. If there is ONE BIG THING that I learned and treasured most from joining Mutya that is… I have realized I am such a LUCKY person, not because of the awards I gathered but rather because I have people in my life who I never thought would be very much eager and give their heartfelt desire to support me. With all these things, what is more important to me is not the MUTYA title but rather, I the realization that with all the warm embraces, genuine smiles and prayers that you gave unselfishly, I am still a true Filipina Beauty Queen in your eyes.


Mutya Adventures to the Max

by Mutya ng Pinilag ate  Donna Whatto Say!

Peru de iyun naging balakid at nakakatuwa manuud sa labas sa malaking screen kun saan maririnig mu talaga mga super comments ng mga tao, during the gap na forever na yata sa tagal ay nakikita namin sa labas with close-up mode na banas na banas mga judges parang kinakati na si Alfred Vargas at paypay ng paypay ever dahil inum naman ng inum ng tubig, nun nagpapakilala ang mga candidates ay sobrang tagaktak ng mga pawis nila na nag-uunahan tumulu sa nuu sa sintidu at sa leeg ang pinaka sobra ay si candidate no.20 Christina McGarry at candidate 22 na si Rene McHugh na New Yorker; yun laang ang advantage namin na mga nasa labas kita namin ang mga pawis saka kun nandun ka naman sa luub at dress to the nines ka tapus dun ka lan naman papaupuin sa bubung read: gallery ay wag na! magwalk-out pa aku! (ay sinu naman tinakut ku kumbaga laang anu) nila pati pag e-emote ni Jericho at pagpapraktis kung anu tama pronunciation nun beauty queen na Polish ay nakikita namin.. nun kumanta si Echo ay biglang humiyaw ang mga bagets sa likud ku ng “lip-sing lip-sing” dahil halata naman talaga ay de man laang nag live anu? de lan naman mahirap yung kanta nya kaya hanga talaga aku sa two tenors na nagharana sa may reigning queens na sina Jam Libatog at Jonavi Quiray.

Basahin ang buong istorya.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Coverage

The late editions:

Manila Bulletin: Nurse wins Mutya crown

A charming nurse, Jane Banares, won Sunday night the Mutya ng Pilipinas-International title in this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant at the Baler Sports complex in Aurora.

Banares recently passed the nursing board exam without the help of a review center. The 20-year-old morena beauty from Legazpi City also won the “Best in Evening Gown” title.

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The Philippine Star (cover story): Bicolana crowned Mutya

A dusky 20-year-old Bicolana nurse was yesterday crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2009.

Jane Bañares of Legazpi City, Albay emerged as the surprise winner in the first beauty contest she competed in, besting 36 other contestants in the pageant’s grand coronation night at the Dr. Juan C. Angara Sports Complex here.

Read the complete news Legazpi lass is new Mutya ng Pilipinas

Homegrown and overseas bets shared top honors in Sunday night’s Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant held in Baler, Aurora. Legazpi City’s Jane Banares bagged the Mutya ng Pilipinas-International title while Northern Germany’s Jacqueline Schubert won the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism crown.

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The blogosphere:

Adventures of a Beauty Queen
MyKiRu IsYuSeRo
Why Not Coconut!
Fine Filipinas
Norman’s Blog
Donna Whatto Say!

Bicolana nurse crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2009

Thanks to Ronald “Otonski” Leander for this news.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

August 10,2009

Bicolana nurse crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2009
Ronald Leander

BALER, Aurora – A 20-year-old Bicolana nurse was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2009 early morning today in this capital town.

Jane Banares of Legazpi City, Albay, 5’7″, emerged as the surprise winner in the first-ever beauty contest she competed in, besting 35 other contestants in the pageant’s grand coronation night at the sweltering Dr. Juan C. Angara Sports Complex here. She also went home with the title best in long gown.

Jacqueline Schubert, 18, of Borbon-Cebu, the overwhelming crowd favorite, was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism while 23-year-old Ana Baladad of Texas was adjudged Mutya ng Pilipinas for Filipino Overseas Communities. Samantha East of Canada was chosen 1st runner-up while Jennielyn Natividad, a magna cum laude graduate of Quezon City, emerged as 2nd runner-up.

Banares (31-23-33), a daughter of a seaman, said she didn’t expect to win, it being only her first time to join the prestigious pageant. She earned the nod of the judges with her witty and calm reply to a question asking her to compare her home province Albay and Aurora.

Banares said that like Bicolanos, Aurorans are warm and lovable people with good food and with serene surroundings and natural attractions. Like a typical Bicolana, she admits being fond of chili.

The 5’6″ Schubert, an Economics graduate in Germany is a first-timer and the youngest daughter of couple Willie Schubert, a German and Lilibeth Durano, a distant relative of Tourism Secretary Ace Durano.

Schubert (33-25.5-36.5), who drew the loudest round of applause during the coronation night, also emerged with three other awards : star of the night, best in swimsuit and best gown.

Baladad, who idolizes Precious Lara-Quigaman, said she didn’t expect to win and even asked a fellow contestant standing beside her if it was really her number which was called when the emcee hollered candidate no. 10 as winner of the Mutya ng Pilipinas for Filipino Overseas Communities title. “It took a while for me to realize I was the one called. It hasn’t really sunk in,” she recalled.

The 5’5″ Baladad (35-25-35) was previously crowned as Ms. Philippines Texas-Oklahoma 2003, Ms. Philippines-America 2004 and Ms. Asia-America Princess 2007. It was her fourth title in seven beauty contests she participated in.

She is taking up AB European Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University and previously took up history in Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Sen. Edgardo Angara, a native of this town graced the pageant with his younger sister and host Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, also chairperson of the MPI executive committee, House Deputy Majority Leader Juan Edgardo Angara and Mayor Arthur Angara.

Renee Salud, managing director of the MPI and chairperson of the national screening committee for this year’s search, said the 2009 candidates were by far the best ever assembled by pageant organizers.

Aside from Angara-Castillo and Salud, the other members of the executive committee were Gigi Gomez, Mr. Jojo and Mrs. Nathalie Ong, Mr. and Mrs. Boy Tan, MPI president Roberto De Venecia and Lauro Amante.

Also on hand were MPI directors De Venecia, Amante, Alfonso Lim Jr., Ramona Lopez-Ty and Leandro Enriquez and lawyer Edward Castañeda, corporate secretary.

The board of judges were composed of Ms. International 2001 Margolzata “Gosia” Rozniecka, consul general Wilson Hugh, actor Alfred Vargas, ABS-CBN executive Elvira Angara, Fanny Serrano, Randy Ortiz, Jackie Aquino, Anna Marie Morelos, Nueva Ecija Vice Gov. Edward Thomas Joson and columnist Crispina Martinez-Belen.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Mutya ng Pilipinas – International 2009 : Candidate N0. 28, Ms. Jane Banares from Legazpi City, Albay (right) and Mutya ng Pilipinas – Tourism Aurora: Candidate NO. 26, Ms. Jacqueline Schubert (left)

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Other winners: 1st Runner-up, Candidate N0. 24 Samantha East (first from left), 2nd Runner-up, Candidate No. 8 Jennielyn Natividad (fourth from left) and Mutya ng Pilipinas – Overseas Communities, Candidate No. 10 Ana Baladad (last)

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Top 12
#1 Athena Mae Imperial
#26 Jacqueline Schubert
#22 Rene McHugh
#28 Jane Bañares
#12 Mae Lanie Chan
#8  Jennielyn Natividad
#13 Jo Ann Peria
#27 Jenn-roe Gubat
# 24 Samantha East
#19 May Ann Buenaventura
#3 Dominique Lagrimas
#21 Karen Nacario.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Congratulations to Ms. Athena Mae. Imperial, Candidate No. 1 from Aurora for making it to the Top 12.

Other Awards: Best in Gown #28 Jane Bañares, Ms. Friendship #23 Dianne De Vera, Best in Talent #5 Katrina Lopez, Best in Sabutan Costume #26 Jacqueline Schubert. Winner of the controversial online voting award is candidate #14 Agnes Santiago. Ms. Photogenic #3 Dominique Lagrimas, Best in Swimsuit #26 Jacqueline Schubert. Athena and Sheryl from Aurora were awarded by gov. BAC as Aurora Tourism Ambassadors. Sheryl was also given the Ms. Personality Award.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

The rest of the pictures tomorrow.

Thanks to the effort of the Batang Aurora Camera Club members in the capitol for haggling a photographer ID for me.

The Mutya ng Pilipinas Chronicles

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,, and even are silent about the event and are not updating.

Some of Ate Don’s updates:

The Chronicles of Mutya ng Pilipinas
Mutya Headshots
In the Eye of the Beholder
Much Ado About Mutya
Mabuhay to Mutya ng Pilipinas

(Update: Unfortunately, the Donna What to Say Blog was lost during the website migration of Batangbaler)