The 52nd edition of Mutya ng Pilipinas (MNP) returns after it was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. The search for forty official MNP candidates, here and abroad, is now open and the titles Mutya ng Pilipinas 2022, Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities, and Top Model of the World are at stake.
The MNP 2022 queen will aim to redefine the meaning of women empowerment by embracing a more proactive role in highlighting the theme of “Sustainability & Inclusivity,” through responsible citizenship, respecting individuality, and upholding social responsibility.
“This is an opportune time for beauty pageants to become a relevant platform to uplift and support the future of Philippine women by extolling the virtues of and embracing the potential of the Filipina,” said Cory Quirino, president of MNP Organization.
“I totally support this new and dynamic direction of Mutya ng Pilipinas,” said Fred Yuson, chairman of MNP.
MNP also announced that due to the proximity of Miss Tourism International 2022 next month, where the Mutya winner is competing, a separate Mutya representative will be appointed the soonest time. Klyza Castro, April May Short, Tyra Rae Goldman, and Cyrille Payumo, who won Miss
Tourism International in 2019, were the last winners of MNP. Coronation Night of MNP 2022 is set late this year.
Miss Philippines Earth 2022 partners with Connext
The 20 finalists of Miss Philippines Earth 2022 competed during preliminary judging for Beauty of Face and Poise, presented by Connext, in partnership with Carousel Productions, Inc., held at Viridian in Greenhills on July 27.
Connext, a leading life and non-life insurance agency in the Philippines, helps preserve Mother Earth through an effort in reducing the paper waste materials coming from printed insurance policies, and thereby, creating a more sustainable solution to an age-old untenable insurance practice—producing paperless insurance policies called “Eco-Policy.”
“We are glad to have Connext as partner in promoting our cause through creating innovative and sustainable insurance practices” said Peachy Veneracion, vice-president for Marketing of Carousel Productions.
At the conclusion of the pre-judging competition, Jasmine Paguio of Filipino Community Toronto, Canada, was named the winner of the Miss BingoPlus special award.
Meanwhile, at the press presentation and pre-judging for Fitness and Form, of the 20 finalists of MPE 2022, held at Okada Manila on July 28, Jennifer De Asis of Mandaluyong City, a 25-year-old, Marketing and Advertising graduate from De La Salle University Dasmariñas and niece of former beauty queen Yedda Marie Romualdez, was voted Darling of the Press (Gold). Jenny Ramp of Santa Ignacia, Tarlac, a 19-year-old Psychology student won Silver, while Justiene Ortega of Manila, a 28-year-old Marketing graduate from San Beda, won the Bronze.
Yul Servo promise of service with compassion and commitment
Fresh from being sworn in as the 20th elected Vice Mayor of Manila John Marvin Nieto addressed the opening of the 12th City Council of Manila inaugural session with running mate Mayor-elect Honey Grace Lacuna.
Known by his screen name Yul Servo, the 45-year-old actor-turned-politician promised to provide service with compassion and commitment.
Following in the footsteps of former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Nieto, who grew up in Binondo, served as Councilor and then Manila 3rd District representative.
After graduating from the Philippine College of Criminology, Nieto passed up becoming a policeman and instead, accepted the late director Maryo J. de los Reyes’ offer to become an actor. He was most memorable as Nora Aunor’s co-star in de los Reyes’ Naglalayag, which swept the awards during the 2004 Manila film Festival including best actor and best actress.