Aurora hosts 2009 Mutya beauty tilt
By Leah Salterio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
In keeping with its aim to promote beauty tourism, Mutya ng Pilipinas brings this year's pageant to the historic province of Aurora. The national beauty contest crowns its new titleholders on Aug. 9.
Beauties from Northern and Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Midwest, the East Coast, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia will join the contest.
This marks the third year in a row that Mutya ng Pilipinas is being held in a prime eco-tourism destination. In 2007, the contest was staged at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Last year, the pageant was held in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, the ecological frontier of the Philippines.
The winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas are sent to international pageants like Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Tourism International, Tourism Queen of the Year and Miss Intercontinental.
The launch of the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 was held last June 26 at SM City North Edsa, where Aurora Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo signed the agreement with Roberto de Venecia, president of the pageant. Chair of this year's national search committee is top fashion designer Renee Salud, who will also get to dress up the candidates with their long gowns.
Now on its 41st year, the pageant is dubbed "Mutya ng Pilipinas sa Aurora - The Beauty Adventure in the Pacific."