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Contestant from JB for the first time

Published on: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The upcoming State-level Unduk Ngadau Beauty Pageant will feature a first time contestant from Johor Baru through the Johor Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) branch.

Its main organising committee chairperson, Joanna Kitingan, said the Johor Baru contestant is a new edition to the 42 contestants, including from Klang Valley and Labuan, this year.

She said the committee has prepared a five-day programme for the contestants prior to the highlight on May 31, adding a welcoming dinner or "Sodop Pintutunan" for the contestants will be held at a hotel here on May 27.

"The 'Sodop Pintutunan' event will be hosted by the Huguan Siou cum Deputy Chief Minister cum Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and the contestants will receive their sashes from Pairin's wife, Puan Sri Genevieve Kitingan," she told a press conference here Wednesday.

The contestants will also attend a motivational talk to enhance their historical knowledge on Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) culture at the Sabah Museum on May 28.

Joanna said the contestants will also be judged on evening dresses based on ethnic designs of their own choice at the Hongkod Koisaan hall of the KDCA building in Penampang on May 29.

"The best seven design dresses will be judged for the final and the 'Best Creative Evening Gown' will also be announced on that day as well as crowning of two subsidiary titles by Genevieve for Miss Friendly (Tati Tosuau) and Miss Natural Beauty (Tati Topiodo).

"Some of the proceeds from the sale of tickets and tables for this event will be donated to a remote school run by Sister Francescan in Paitan near Beluran," she said.

Joanna said they hope to raise at least RM10,000 for the school.

She also said the prizes for the Best Creative Evening Gown and the two subsidiary titles as well as lucky draw on May 29 are fully sponsored by Genting Hong Kong.

There will also be singing performance, a Huminodun drama and appearance by previous Unduk Ngadau 2013, Miss Immaculate Lojuki.

"We will also organise special appearance of the 42 Unduk Ngadau contestants wearing 'sinombayaka' which was traditionally worn by our grandmothers and great grandmothers, including ancestors, during the old days.

"They will feature this 'Sinombayaka' attire of a sarong and sleeveless blouse at the open hall at KDCA at about 11.30am on May 30.

The public are invited for this event," she said. Joanna also reminded the public to join the grand finale of Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2014 at KDCA on May 31.