Dayungs and Bujangs shine at Redeems’ Gawai Dayak carnival
By Jude Toyat
KUCHING: Barbara Shirley, 22, was crowned Dayung Sikora Redeems 2015 at Redeems community hall in Singai, Bau on June 13.
Barbara, a Bidayuh from Bau, beat 11 other finalists for the coveted crown walking away with RM1, 500, a certificate of participation and other sponsored prizes.
“I did not expect to win tonight and was quite shocked when I was announced as the next contestant to be crowned in this competition. I am very happy as my hard work, discipline, and determination finally paid off,” said the civil engineer.
“I will save the RM1, 500 prize money for the future. From here, I am looking forward into joining more beauty pageant competitions soon.”
The youngest of three siblings, hails her family and friends as her biggest influence and loyal supporters.
Her advice to aspiring beauties out there is, “Always believe in yourself. Do not be afraid to try something new in your life. Enjoy and have fun doing things you like while you are still young.”
The first runner-up was Staecy Ann Niker who received RM1, 000, certificate of participation and other sponsored prizes. She also won the Miss Photogenic subsidiary title and a 4R portrait.
Other runner ups in the competition include Ivy Maria who came in third and received RM800; Stephanie Michael who placed fourth and received RM600 as well as Meretinie Belit who came in fifth and received RM500, a trophy, certificate of participation, and other sponsored prizes.
Meretinie also scooped other subsidiary titles which included Miss Talent and Miss Favourite.
Other contestants for Dayung Sikora 2015 were Alice Nelly Lloyd, Angelia Nashatilla, Jeshica Tiza Kon, Stephanie Audrey John, Christine Yong, Stephanie Naidia, and Emelda William. They received cash prizes of RM200, certificate of participation and also RM50 cash voucher from Lea Centre.
The male counterpart to Dayung Sikora, Bujang Pogan 2015 saw nine participants competing with Carmillus Kilau winning the title and RM1,000.
Allan Bacelon and Stevie Astly was placed second and third and received RM800 and RM600, respectively.
Van Vacquer won Mister Fitness and received RM200 and sponsored prizes from Maximus Gym. Meanwhile, James Mackester won Mister Favourite and received RM300 and a sash.
Other candidates for Bujang Pogan 2015 included Ronaldo Sang, James Mackester, Robert Inde, Ricjevier Assty and Terence Uden.
Prior to the announcement of the result, the audience was entertained by a local dance troupe and a sape performance by Lan E Tuyang.
The pageants were the highlight of the Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai (Redeems) Gawai Dayak Carnival which was attended by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud