2013 Mutya ag Lakan it Kalibo Ati-Atihan
Maribert Inland Resort special award winners named
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan – Twenty-year old Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan finalist Kizza dela Cruz from Kalibo, Aklan was named Ms. Maribert Inland Resort winner during the Ati-Atihan fashion show and swimsuit and swimwear presentation in Lantangan, Pontevedra, Capiz.
Also in the spotlight was 17-year old Jan Vic Basia of Kalibo, Aklan, who was awarded the Mr. Maribert Inland Resort special award.
Both finalists received trophies, sash and gift certificate for three days, two nights stay in Maribert Inland Resort.
Albert Menez, who chairs the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi), thanked the Alcazaren family, the owner of Maribert Inland Resort, for the hospitality and warmth given to the 2013 Mutya ag Lakan it Kalibo Ati-Atihan finalists and the Kasafi volunteers from November 24 to 25.
The 24 finalists gathered in captivating Maribert Inland Resort for the second year in the row to give them a better and greater exposure prior to the final presentation on January 11, 2013, he added.
“The Capiz trip was a rewarding experience for us and we hope it was also for the people who watched the show in the inland resort,” Menez said.
The Maribert Inland Resort presentation started off on the beat of Ati-Atihan drums, with the 24 finalists taking the centre-stage on their Ati-Atihan headdress.
Dressed in their elegant swimsuit, the Mutya contestants later walked the ramp and introduced themselves. Adding gleam to the show were the Lakan finalists in their sizzling swimwear designed by PJ Aranador.
Other highlights of the show were the dance performance by the Kasafi dance troupe and the welcome message of Robemar Alcazaren. A local band Asian Fusion from Kalibo, Aklan belted out hit songs while Capiz Vice Governor Esteban Evan Contreras III also entertained the crowd with Ronnie Liang’s “Ngiti.”
The show was hosted by GMA TV 6 Iloilo Ratsada reporter Jason Cleope Gregorio.
The judges for the Mr. and Ms. Maribert Inland Resort special awards were Maribert Alcazaren, Vivian Daynolo and Eileen Palmes.
Boracay Island will again play host to the 24 finalists on December 15 for the swimsuit and swimwear competition. The talent competition will be held also on December 22 at Kalibo Pastrana Park.
The moment of truth for all contestants will be on January 11, 2013 grand finale at the Gov. Augusto B. Legaspi Sports and Cultural Center.