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August 24, 2010



For Immediate Release: Mutya ng PIlipinas Bicol, 20-year-old Carla Lizardo, styled in a beautiful silver-sequined dress designed by noted fashion designer, Frederick Peralta, won the Best in Long Gown Award during the Preliminary Competition held at The Plaza in the Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila (RWM) on August 24, 2010. Mr. Gerald Penaflor, Assistant Vice President of Marketing for RWM presented the award on stage, along with Mr. Dino Molina, Special Events Manager of RWM.

Rounding out the top five (in their city/province’s alphabetical order) were: 24-year-old Mutya ng Batangas Suzette Hernandez who also wore a gown by Frederick Peralta, 24-year-old Mutya ng Bohol Aileen Ella Dango who wore a gown by Ronaldo Flores, 22-year-old Mutya ng Cebu Karen Fatima Montanez who wore a gown by Carry Santiago, and 23-year-old Mutya ng Pangasinan Barbie Salvador who wore a gown by Frederick Peralta.
“I was so surprised,” Carla said after winning the competition. “I was just happy to be picked in the top 5, let alone win. This is such an honor!”

The 24 candidates were dressed by noted fashion Stylist, Charmaine Grace Palermo, who complimented each girl’s gown with shoes and accessories provided by partner sponsors Janylin and Accessorize.

Sitting on the other side of the stage was not an easy task either. Mr. Loy Fortuna – President of ScribbleWorks Production Inc., Ms. Tati Fortuna – Mutya ng Pilipinas National Pageant Committee Chair and Chairman of Board of Judges, Mr. Bobby Horrigan – General Manager of Discovery Suites, Mr. Archie Nicasio – Public Relations Manager of RWM and Mr. Robert De Venecia – President of Mutya ng Pilipinas, presided as the judges of the night’s competition.

Miss Bantangas, Suzette Hernandez, who also finished in the Top-5 Best in Figure competition last week, was equally ecstatic about her success in the Long Gown Competition. “I was surprised when my name was called because all the other girls looked so beautiful in their dresses,” she said. “I would have liked to have won but I still feel like a princess in my gown and am happy for Carla.”

Samantha East, last year’s first runner-up winner, hosted the Preliminary Long Gown Competition with special performances by the all female pop trio, Elan and Russian acrobats, The Amazon Duo, both provided by RWM.

Coronation Night will take place at the newly built Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila on August 28th, 2010 at 8:00PM and will be hosted by u92 DJ and model, Sarah Meier, RJ Ledesma and Phoemela Baranda. The live show will air on national television on ABS-CBN on Sunday, September 5th, 2010 from 10:20pm – 12:30am.

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