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Beauty pageants are turning out personalities in the limelight among personable young ladies. In San Pedro City, the Mutya ng San Pedro has been doing its search for four years, says Mr. Eduard Radam Bravo Valmores, pageant founder. He says he was lucky to have found staunch supporters in the persons of Former Mayor Calixto and City Mayor Lourdes S Cataquiz who have been backing it up throughout. Interestingly, MUTYA stands for Most Unprecedented Talent for Young Aspirants. The pageant, Mr. Valmores explains, advocates winning of young ladies who aspire for titles but who are not that affluent but are much qualified in beauty, bearing and the X- factor among others. In Maya’s case, both daughter and mother Haydee were willing and desirous to bag the title.

Ms. Hjama Nicole B. Ruiz, fondly called Maya and resident of Chrysanthemum Village, was crowned Mutya ng San Pedro 2016 by Ms. Maria Graciella Parto from Cuyab, the 2015 Mutya, last March 5, 2016. Maya and her court: First Runner-up-Ms Landayan Charis Mae S Almarez, 2nd Runner-up Ms United Bayanihan Hannah Lee R Tanael, 3rd Runner-up Ms Magsaysay Christine Anne Cabantog and 4th Runner-up Ms Langgam Andrea Antonio appeared in public in their presentation December 29 , 2015 at the 2nd Cityhood Anniversary of San Pedro City and during Talent Night January 30, 2016.

Maya is joining Miss Pearl of the Orient, nationally and is also concurrently Miss AIM Global and Miss Rosas Travel as a promotional figure. She studies at PUP San Pedro, 3rd year BSIT, reads books and plays badminton and volleyball. As a personal message to the young ladies like her, Maya has this to say,

“ Believe in yourself. Be able to motivate and inspire. It is a privilege and honor to wear the crown. The Title is an opportunity to promote internal and external tourism. Have the confidence. Kung kaya namin, kaya din ninyo.”