BY Arianne Caryl N. Casas
THE newly crowned Mutya ng Dabaw 2012 said Wednesday joining other beauty pageants in the city was her edge among other candidates.
The 21-year-old Marianne Mae Te or Yannie, a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) graduate of Philippine Women’s College (PWC), was crowned as this year’s Araw ng Dabaw muse at the Davao City Recreation Center on Wednesday night.
“Before I joined Mutya ng Dabaw, I prepared myself. I have been joining pageants from one barangay to another and I have been winning, compared to them who are first timers,” Yannie told reporters after the pageant.
Yannie, who lives in Toril, is a reigning Mutya ng R. Castillo and Mutya ng Buhangin.
She said she was first crowned as Mutya ng R. Castillo before joining Mutya ng Buhangin.
She added that it was during the screening for the Mutya ng Dabaw 2012 when she won as Mutya ng Buhangin.
She also became the 1st runner-up in the Mutya ng Toril search in 2007 and the Mutya ng Crossing Bayabas in 2008.
“After this, I temporarily stopped joining pageant because I concentrated on my studies. Studies first before your career,” she said.
Yannie, in her answer to the final question asked by Brigadier General Benito Antonio T. De Leon of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said living in Davao is close to perfection as it is the only place that offers the beauty and bounty of the highlands and the islands.
She bared her plans of joining national pageants in the future.
“There are invitations of joining the Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss World,” she said.
She said as Mutya ng Dabaw, her top most priority is her advocacy that is to provide an “attainable culinary entrepreneurship” among unemployed women to create livelihood and for housewives to have additional income.
“I’ve got the best in both worlds in my advocacy. It’s my passion and at the same time, it’s my way to help the community wherein I have to teach culinary, for basic and practical cooking skills,” Yannie said.
Yannie is presently taking up culinary at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies beside Holiday Spa.
Her casual interview with the actor Dingdong Dantes garnered the loudest applause and cheer when asked how to end a dinner with a person she wants to cook for. She said a spectacular dinner with a special person can be ended with a quick kiss in the cheek, and Dantes just gave her one.
Yannie blushed but still maintained her poise.
She was also named Miss AirPhil Express. The title gives her the opportunity to travel to one destination in the world.
Meanwhile, Dorothy Maruel Ibanez of Lanang was crowned Diwa ng Dabaw (first runner-up) and Jhoanna Myles Te of Bajada is Sinag ng Dabaw (second runner-up).
The Pag-Asa ng Dabaw (third runner-up) is Maria Theresa Tan of Ulas while Jazzel Therese Gomez is the Patnubay ng Dabaw (fourth runner-up).
Thousands of Dabawenyos flocked to the DCRC bringing banners and tarpaulins of their favorite candidates.