It’s the time of the year again, when everyone’s in Sabah and those Sabahans living abroad will make guesses of who’s the fairest lass to wear this year’s Unduk Ngadau’s crown.
And along the way, there will be comments and critics made for these contestants. Positive or the other way round. Politely or simply harsh. Belum lagi cerita kalau sudah dapat pemenang dia…yang kalah sure beramburan kata-kata yang kurang siok kedengaran. I mean, I understand those who are not satisfied with final result simply because everyone thinks their representative is much better than the other. Tapi berpada-pada lah bah kan…
Those girls tried their best and if my knowledge from joining such contest more than a decade ago plus what I know now, participating in this contest is not easy job. Not even cheap too. The cost to have proper costumes to be worn during the contest, dresses to prepare during the welcoming dinner and gala night, make up artist and hairstylist, etc. Those cost A LOT! Most of the time, not even the winning cash won during the district level is enough to cover the cost spent while in the State Level contest. Plus, the preparations that they have to stock up mentally, physically and spiritually are not always top notch cos some contestants from rural districts are not ALWAYS prepared by their district organizers. Unlike districts much nearer to the city like KK, Penampang, Tuaran, Inanam and Putatan. Some were groomed way before they joined the district level!
My point is, all of them representing their own districts are already winner of their own hometown (although, now it’s more like if you have kawan in that particular area, you are qualified to join despite not being born and raised there). So give them big round of applause for having that HUGE guts to smile to thousands of people in the KDCA Hall on the 31st of May.
Anyways… here are some photos taken during the Sodop Unduk Ngadau Penampang district. It was an honor to be called as one of the judges for the subsidiary titles that night. An experience after a long while.
Tati Kaanangan (Miss Popular) was chosen based on the amount of roses they received. A title that is easily rigged I must say but for the sake of fun, it was a good one.
UN Penampang 2011 as well as State Level Unduk Ngadau 2011, Bo Tiza Arthur Disimon waving to the audience. One of Disimon Clan’s best gems.
Fellow judging and new found friends, Mr Ricky and Miss Jessie Sham (UN Penampang 2007)
A photo with them queens!
L-R: Leonie Lawrence (State Level Unduk Ngadau 2008) and Bo Tiza (State Level Unduk Ngadau 2011)
I also had the opportunity to attend the State Level Sodop Unduk Ngadau 2012 on the 29th May, thanks to one of hubby’s cousin who sponsored our tickets. It was not cheap to be seated at the table enjoying beautiful Unduk Ngadaus parading in elegant evening dresses. Unless of course, you don’t mind seating at the gallery seats, paying only RM5 and watch the show as well as those at the tables enjoying dinner. The last I attended the Unduk Ngadau gala night was 15 years ago, back when I was still one of the contestants myself! How time flies…
However, I was lazy to compete with throngs of photographers with their big gears to snap photos of them beauties on stage. Camera iPhone saja bah saya bawa. So yeah, I didn’t get ANY photos of the Unduk Ngadaus.
Below are photos I borrowed from David Aramaitii FB Page.
Subsidiary title winners.
L-R: Tati Innershine Radiant Skin UN Likas, Tati Topiodo (Natural Beauty) UN Telupid, Tati Tosuau (Friendly) UN Tambunan.
Kotobian Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan!
See you guys at Hongkod Koisaan Penampang on the 31st!