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Celebrities at Ms. Tawi-Tawi pageant

Fans swooned when  Brapanese model-actor Daniel Matsunaga  serenaded the winner of the Badjang Tawi-Tawi pageant.  Singing   “Ngiti” and ‘When you say nothing at all,” he then played to the throng of hysterical fans at the Department of Education Sports Complex in Bongao.  

Joining Matsunaga’s fray were actresses Bianca Manalo and Kylie Padilla, who is a Muslim at heart, also Rico Blanco.

Miss Tawi-Tawi with Manila and local celebrities

This pageant highlighted the annual Kamahardikaan Festival, the founding anniversary of Tawi-Tawi. 

Budjang is the local term for Miss. Young, accomplished women from the provinces 11 municipalities participated in this annual contest that celebrated beauty and brains. They paraded in the native costumes and evening gowns. The winner, Dayang Dayang Alaysa Sangkulah, will represent Miss Culture Asia in Malaysia. 

Judges such as Beauty Queen Bianca Manalo ,  Ginggay Hontiveros, Col. Marai Asuncion Placino and other prominent personalities flew from Manila to choose the winner for her beauty, poise and advocacy. 

During their visit, the guests caught a glimpse of Tawi-Tawi’s virgin coral reefs, white beaches, the colorful sunsets and quaint stilt houses. 

Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali hopes that more visitors will visit Tawi-Tawi and enjoy its natural beauty and cultural heritage. 

Present during the event were Gov. Nurbert Sahali, Dona Juana Sahali and others.

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