10 TRIBAL, MUSLIM LASSES VYING FOR KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2011 QUEEN
For the second time, the Hiyas (Festival Gem) of the Kadayawan Festival this year will be a young indigenous or Muslim lady.
Ten young women from the city’s indigenous and Muslim tribes would be competing for the crown in the search, one of the highlights of the annual festival.
The tribes represented in this year’s Hiyas ng Kadayawan: for the lumads (indigenous people) are Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa; while Muslims, have the tribes of Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama.
Mernadeth Sicutan, reigning Hiyas ng Kadayawan, and the first lumad to hold the crown, said the lumad bets were handpicked by , which have not yet been finalized.
Maria Felisa Marques, Kadayawan festival director, said the contestants of this year’s Hiyas are set to display their talents on the screening day on August 16 at the Abreeza Mall while the Coronation Night will be held at 6 p.m. of August 17.
This year’s Hiyas ng Kadayawan will receive P50,000 cash while the 1st runner up gets P40,000, 2nd runner up receives P30,000, and a consolation prize of P10,000 cash for each losing candidate.