Countdown is on for 19 finalists in inaugural Miss Miri Tourism City pageant
By Jude Toyat
It will be a nervous wait until Sept 29 for 19 finalists who were picked from a final selection round for the inaugural Miss Miri Tourism City 2016 held at Bintang Megamall, Miri recently.
They are Nunda Krisping (29 years old, Bidayuh/Kayan), Brenda Yeo (20, Chinese/Iban/Indian), Cristine Yee (18, Kayan), Suzienly Alice (23, Sebob), Sharon Ubung (22, Kayan/Chinese), Biviana Leong (24, Iban) , Ain Nisya (19, Iban), Agnes Berangan (21, Iban), Martina Huang (18, Chinese/Iban), Cindy Unting (21, Iban), Phillissia Philip (21, Iban), Kam Ka Li (24, Chinese), Menie Sbuan (21, Iban), Vinnylya Awing (18, Kayan), Emylin Nillian (28, Sebob), Eyvonne Lawai (20, Kenyah), Joanne Duke (22, Bidayuh), Eva Lau (23, Chinese), and Ho Li Tin (19, Chinese).
They made the cut from over 50 applicants screened from more than 100 forms received by the organisers throughout the city.
The 19 finalists, who were chosen based on their physical appearance, personality, talent and intelligence, will be vying for the title at the Grand Finale on Sept 29 at Miri Civic Centre.
“The Miss Miri Tourism City aims at encouraging young women in promoting tourist sites in the city and recognising or awarding individuals who have played vital roles in the development of domestic tourism in one way or another.
“It is a creative and purposeful beauty and talent competition with a mission to revitalise tourism in the gateway state through beauty while searching to discover future national personalities, brand ambassadors, business women, movie stars and super models,” a spokesperson said.
The competition seeks for a winner who has the grace and poise, articulate with a sound knowledge of Sarawak and its tourism-related subjects.
“Apart from her physical attraction, the winner must also possess talent, a friendly disposition, charm and the confidence that she could be our tourism ambassador,” he added.
The winner of Miss Miri Tourism City will walk away with a cash prize of RM3, 000, while first and second runner-ups will bagged home RM2,000 and RM1, 000, respectively. Top three winners will also bagged home a sash, a crown and a bouquet of flowers.
There are many subsidiary titles to be won including Miss Social Media, Miss Body Beautiful, Miss Club Celebrities, Best in Photoshoot Challenge, Miss Public Favorite, Miss Photogenic, Best in Promoting Montage, and Best Team.
This inaugural beauty pageant is organised by Tourism City Pageant Company with the support from the Miri City Council.
Prior to the grand finale and coronation night, the finalists will have to go through a pageant week where they will be assigned to promote places of interests in Miri from Sept 23 to 28.
There will also be photoshoot challenges, talent shows, Bintang Mega Mall challenges, meeting with Mayor of Miri City Council before a full rehearsal a day before the grand finale.
Members of the public who wish to attend the Grand Final of the Miss Miri Tourism City 2016 competition, can purchase tickets from the organiser at 019-4691176 (Sebastian) and 010-7713680 (Wanda). Tickets are priced from RM600 to RM800 per table, or RM60 per seat. There are also sitting gallery seats available, priced at RM20 and RM30 with no food provided.
For more information on Miss Miri Tourism City 2016, visit their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tcpcmyy to keep updated.