KOTA KINABALU: Immaculate Lojuki, 20, of Kota Kinabalu was crowned Unduk Ngadau 2013 at the State-level Kaamatan Celebration at Hongkod Koisaan Hall here yesterday. The crowning serves as the culmination of a month long annual Tadau Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) event.
Immaculate, who stands at 174cm, beats 39 other contestants to assume the role of Huminodun for a year, promoting Sabah’s culture and tradition, as well as tourism and charity works.
“I am very happy to be announced as this year’s Unduk Ngadau, and hope to be able to take up the responsibilities of an ambassador and to be a leader to the younger generation,” said Immaculate on her interview with The Star reporter.
The title comes with a RM1,700 pewter trophy with gold trimming which was sponsored by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan, a tiara and jewellery set worth RM38,800 from Diamoney Jewellery Holdings Sdn Bhd, diploma scholarship from Asian Tourism International College worth RM25,000, a cruise package for two inclusive of air tickets sponsored by Star Cruises worth RM13,000, cash and hamper worth RM6,600 from Nestle and a smartphone inclusive of one-year free internet service from DiGi Telecommunication Sdn Bhd worth RM1,850.
The first and second runner up winner goes to Ritchell Andreas of Ranau and Nillsey Debbie Sening of Tuaran. They were followed by Diana Gilbert of Putatan, Dedie Phang of Penampang, Ledesma Steven of Klang Valley and Sarah Cleophas Gorotud of Tambunan.
Ritchell Andreas also bags the title Miss Facebook Favourite with RM500 prize and photoshoot session sponsored by David Aramaiti Photography. Norhanina Malih of Tongod was named Miss Popular DiGi and received a RM500 cash prize, a smartphone inclusive of one-year free Internet service and a bouquet.
The crowning was done by Toh Puan Norlidah Jasni, wife of the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan beauty contest was served as a memorial to Huminodun, the beautiful daughter of Kadazandusun spirits Kinorohingan and Sumindu, who was revered for her courage in offering herself as a sacrifice to save the people.
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