OZAMIZ City — A new set of Mutya ng Misamis Occidental queens was crowned for 2018.
Held at the Medina Gymnasium, Celine Mae Pangan of Ozamiz City was crowned Mutya ng Misamis Occidental 2018 besting 17 candidates who vied for the title.
Pangan is also awarded as the Best in Photogenic, Best in Subanen Attire, Best in Playsuit and Best in Evening Gown.
The first runner-up is Marmielyn Villanueva of Oroquieta City while Lea Bianca Pacatang of Sinacaban placed second, followed by Angel Arapoc of Calamba and Lyka Siao of Clarin as third and fourth placer respectively.
In her opening remarks, Acting Ozamiz City Mayor Irene Luansing said, “Through this event, I hope we will be able to advocate for the women’s rights and empowerment.”
For her part, Gov. Herminia Ramiro shared that Search for Mutya ng Misamis Occidental kicks off the Pa’sungko Festival with several reasons. First, we want to promote our province as tourist destination.
Second, through the Mutya ng Misamis Occidental, we hope to unite the different cities and municipalities of this province because Mutya represents the entire Misamis Occidental. It likewise showcases that MisOcc is a beautiful and peaceful to live in.
Ramiro also said the Mutya ng MisOcc 2018 will be the ambassador for tourism and for the promotion of Misamis Occidental to the world.
“Through this Mutya ng MisOcc, we can unite and cover and offer the best of our individual local government units,” Ramiro added.
The Mutya ng Misamis Occidental contest was one of the highlights of the month-long 89th Anniversary Celebration and 9th Pas’ungko S’g Festival. (pia x)