PASAY CITY, Philippines — Two Mindanaoans bagged the top crowns at the 2019 Mutya Pilipinas pageant, dominating a field of 40 contenders from around the country and from different parts of the world.
Klyza Castro from Davao City took home the Mutya Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International crown, while April Short of Zamboanga City received the new title Mutya Pilipinas-World Top Model in ceremonies staged at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Sunday night.
Castro will have to quickly buckle down to work as her next pageant assignment is not only getting close, she would also have to secure a back-to-back win for the Philippines.
She inherited her Mutya crown from reigning Miss Asia Pacific International Sharifa Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel, the first Muslim woman to win the crown, also the fifth Filipino woman to bag the title.
Castro will try to inherit Akeel’s international crown in October in the Philippines.