She is remembered and noticed by many because of her stature, her fair complexion, and her personality that endeared her to those she got to meet. She owned the coronation night by besting 22 other candidates. It was perhaps the question and answer portion that convinced the judges that she is rightfully deserving of the crown.
Lyza Dianne Hernandez of Taal won the Mutya ng Batangas 2013 pageant.
December 7, 2013 was probably the longest night for everyone present in the event. It started at around 8:30PM and concluded a little close to 2:00AM. That was because of the guest celebrities who entertained the crowd in between the coronation night segments.
Each time before the candidates go on stage, audio visual presentations about Batanguenas who left a mark in history, politics, showbusiness, and beauty pageants were shown.
Moving on to the coronation night segments, first stop was the parade of the 23 Mutya ng Batangas 2013 candidates in their Batangas costume. Although there are many of them who had a hard time taking a step with their elaborated costume, they still managed to project and give justice to what they’re wearing.
Stand up comedians Chad and Neggy were the first celebrity guests of the night. As expected, the coliseum was filled with laughter and applause as the two ‘competed’ in entertaining the audience.
Much to the dismay of the male spectators (laughs), the candidates did not go on stage in swimsuit as the swimsuit competition was already held in November 15. A video clip of the competition was played though.
Next segment was the casual wear presentation where the mutyas showed off their casual outfits courtesy of MAGS.
Actor Rodjun Cruz was called on stage, thrilling the girls and pa-girls in the audience.
They then went back on stage for the third time wearing local designer Nante Robles’ creations.
GMA Kapuso artists Kyla and Andrei performed a few songs for everyone.
This next segment showcased the elegance and grace of the candidates as they went back on stage in their long gown. Uhm, they weren’t all long gowns though.
Photos from the pageant will be uploaded soon!
Then the much awaited final five announcement took place. The program immediately segued to the question and answer portion. It was an intense segment as we all know that their answers will weigh heavily in determining who will win the crown.
But before the announcement of the new Mutya ng Batangas, Jake Cuenca was invited on stage for a few song numbers he rendered for the excited audience. The female members of the crowd had been too lucky since Rodjun, Andrei, and Jake came up on stage. So it was the men’s turn to be delighted as Maria Mercedes herself, Jessy Mendiola, showed up to entertain the welcoming crowd.
We thought he did not make it because we were thinking that Jessy would be the final celebrity guest that night. But to everyone’s surprise, Enrique Gil showed up and got the coliseum roaring. With his dance moves and his charm, he is definitely the ‘King of the Gil’.
After almost 6 hours of waiting, Mutya ng Batangas 2013 hailed its winners.
Mutya ng Batangas 2013 – Taal – Lyza Dianne Hernandez
1st Runner-up – Padre Garcia – Janna Erra Perez
2nd Runner-up – Agoncillo – Aziel Joy De Sagun
3rd Runner-up – Lipa – Louisa Mae Laylo
4th Runner-up – Lobo – Krissandra Marie Abel
Congratulations to this year’s winners. They were all deserving of the recognition they received. Kudos to the organizers headed by Ms. Emily Katigbak, Provincial Tourism Officer and the rest of the people from the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, and to Batangas City Government for making this pageant a success.
By the way, here are the recipients of this year’s special awards.
Miss MAGS – Maria Kriselda Gomez (Ibaan)
Mutya ng Batangas Charity – Mary Grace Jumarang (Cuenca)
Miss STAR Tourism – Janna Erra Perez (Padre Garcia)
Best in Swimsuit – Janna Erra Perez (Padre Garcia)
Miss Photogenic – Noriedel Francisco (Bauan)
Miss Congeniality – Monique Mallari (Malvar)
Miss Radiant Skin Renew Placenta – Lyza Dianne Hernandez (Taal)
Miss Sun Cellular – Lyza Dianne Hernandez (Taal)
Miss Personality – Lyza Dianne Hernandez (Taal)
Best in Casual Wear – Lyza Dianne Hernandez (Taal)
People’s Choice – Marlene Eudora Gonda (San Jose)
Best in Batangas Costume – Michaela Mae Manalo (San Nicolas)
Miss Talent – Michaela Mae Manalo (San Nicolas)
Best in Long Gown – Louisa Mae Laylo (Lipa City)