Are you into pageants? Or a fan maybe? If yes, then you should know Jenna Talackova, a first ever transgender who joined Miss Universe Canada last May of this year who was among the Top 12 contestants in the said pageant. Talackova, 23 years old, who was born male and underwent a sex change four years ago, competed with 61 female contestants. So what's the point? Well, Facecebu.net found a female contestant at Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2012 who fully supports Transgenders in Female Pageants - she is no other than Cebu's representative, Miss Rizzini Alexis Gomez!
This young lady in number 25 didn't think Transgenders are threats for Real or Female-born candidates in pageants. "It's more about Self-esteem and confidence. All of us are very beautiful but when you see yourself as beautiful then you have the confidence and self-esteem then those threats are nothing. So, for me it's about equality, i mean give them a chance because they want that too." Gomez said in an exclusive interview with FaceCebu.net author.
So, does she has a competitive advantage among other candidates? "Everyone has an edge. I do have an edge and i do have the experience and i am confident about myself but i don't want to expect but i am going to do my best - to represent Cebu with great pride and joy." she added.
Aside from Miss Gomez, we also have a representative from Lapu-Lapu City in the face of Paula Bascon who might also make it into the top 12 of Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2012.
On July 20, these 30 lovely candidates will compete in their Swimsuit attire in Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa. Will cebu's bets make it to the top 3 of the swimsuit competition?
Here is the list of all candidates of Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2012
1. Dale Ivory Lee Valenzuela
2. Regine Terza Fondevilla Davao
3. Jean Margaret Tamparong Misamis Occidental
4. Clarisse Angelica Barrameda Caloocan
5. Nova-Joy Johnston Makati City
6. Phoebe Corrine Pataytay Negros Occidental
7. Gina Damaso Canada
8. Reynalyn Flores Yamanouchi Japan
9. Jillian Kristin Deveza Batangas
10. Marbee Tiburcio North California
11. Donna Marie Libre Florida, USA
12. Keziah Llare Gallardo Midwest, USA
13. Jessica Barbour Canada
14. Regine Semira Toronto
15. Caitlin Gainey East Coast, USA
16. Kaylee Calaguas West Coast, USA
17. Mutya Johanna Datul Isabela
18. Emi-Con Sauquillo Biñan, Laguna
19. Kariza de Guzman Pulilan, Bulacan
20. Diane Joyce Ramirez San Pablo, Laguna
21. Carin Adrianne Ramos San Pedro, Laguna
22. Charmaine Guintu Mabalacat, Pampanga
23. Paula Bascon Lapu-Lapu City
24. Emma Tiglao Central Luzon
25. Rizzini Alexis Gomez Cebu City
26. Gylene Angelica Ramos Bustos, Bulacan
27. Rachel Malunes Bacolod City
28. Larah Grace Lacap Quezon City
29. Camille Guevarra Porac, Pampanga
30. Priscilla Kimberly de la Cruz Olongapo City
The Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2012 grand finals and coronation night is to be held on August 12 at the UP Theatre which to be showed by GMA-7, this year's official TV partner. The winners will bring the country's name in the Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Tourism International (Malaysia Edition), Tourism Queen of the Year and Miss Intercontinental.