Part of my job as PR Officer is accompanying beauty queens in their media tapings/guestings. Last week, I accompanied newly crowned Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul to her home province in Isabela to tape an episode for the ABS-CBN show Rated K.
|With Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul (L, obviously).|
Tuguegarao-bound via PAL Express. Mutya's hometown, Sta. Maria,
is about 30 minutes from Tuguegarao Airport.
|This is the Datul home. It may look big, but actually it's quite small,|
considering that about 10 people actually live here. Inside, the walls
are adorned with Mutya's photos and awards; the shelves lined with
her beauty pageant trophies.
|Mutya waves to the crowd during her victory/homecoming parade|
in Isabela. I'm not sure how beauty queens remain poised in sweltering
heat, because Isabela is a pretty hot province. Literally.
|Mutya visits her old school, Isabela State University, in Ilagan City.|
I have to admit I've always had a soft spot for this girl, since she was proclaimed one of the winners in last April's Binibining Pilipinas pageant. But spending a few days with her in her hometown, eating the food that was meticulously prepared by her family in their humble home, and hearing her explain how she joined beauty pageants not just because she loves it, but also to help with her family's finances, made me realize that her story is truly inspiring.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to explore the province, even if we've pretty much covered about five towns and two cities in the three days we were there. I'm quite sure this province has a lot more to offer than searing temperatures (the Cagayan region, which Isabela is part of, usually has the highest recorded temperatures in the Philippines. I'm not sure why).
|It's very common to see this in the provinces. Grains are usually|
spread on the roads to dry.
And can I just say, I'm amazed at the mighty Cagayan River. It looked like it could fit three Pasig Rivers in it when laid side by side. It was that wide!
|I tried taking a picture of the Cagayan River with my old point and shoot.|
This was the most decent photo of the lot.