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Pride in culture spells victory for Hiyas bet

August 15, 2019 - Thursday 3:08 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image CROWNED. Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2019 Nuraine Ampatuan of the Maguinadanaon tribe (center) with her court Hiyas sa Kalambuan Jessa Andian of the Bagobo Tagabawa tribe (left) and Hiyas sa Panaghiusa Coraima Hasim of the Sama tribe (right) at the coronation night on August 11 at the RMC Petro Gazz Arena. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY -- The representative of the Maguindanaon tribe brought home the crown as the new Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2019.

Nurainie Ampatuan wowed the judges during the question and answer portion where she bravely discussed how Muslim Filipinos can show pride in their culture.

She was asked to give her message to the next Hiyas ng Kadayawan as an empowered woman.

“As a Muslim Filipino, my message to the next Hiyas sa Kadayawan is to never deny your background,” Ampatuan said.

She said the background of a woman does not stop her from influencing other people, especially if one is not afraid to show her culture.

“We have the right to lead and influence the millennials, the power, and great responsibility. We should be proud of where we came from. Have self confidence and be a good citizen in our country -- our Philippines,” she said.

Ampatuan, a Fine Arts graduate of Philippine Women’s College of Davao, is seeking to influence the millennials without denying her background of being a Maguindanaon.

The Hiyas sa Kadayawan is a yearly competition for the 11 tribes of Davao to showcase the talent, and culture of the different tribes.

It also symbolizes unity as 11 women compete for the most prestigious crown and to represent their respective cultures.

The crowned Hiyas sa Panaghiusa is Coraima Hasim of the Sama Tribe while the Hiyas sa Kalambuan is Jessa Andian of the Bagobo Tagabawa Tribe.