Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul has put the country on the map recently after besting 82 women from around the globe and being the first Asian to bag the Miss Supranational crown.
Before competing in Belarus though for the international beauty pageant, not too many were impressed by the Isabela-bred IT student so much so that many thought that she didn’t deserve to win the Binibining Pilipinas-Miss Supranational 2012 title.
But she has proven all her detractors wrong.
“Actually po hindi nakaapekto sakin yung mga kung ano anong sinasabi nila. Naging challenge pa nga sakin yun para mas lumakas ang loob ko, para mas lalo kong pag-pursigihan and then gusto kong i-prove sakanila na mali sila. And ngayon ito na nga,” she said during her live guesting with on The Buzz on Sunday.
Together with the crown, Mutya also won $25,000 in the international pageant which she says would go mainly for the medication and bone marrow transplant of her ailing mother who was diagnosed with a plastic anemia in 2011.
Not too many people know that despite being a pageant butterfly, in Isabela in particular, after joining a lot of local and regional pageants, Mutya’s journey to the elusive Miss Supranational crown almost didn’t happen because of her father.
“Kasi natatakot si father lalong lalo na kung yung pupuntahan kong pageant is dito sa manila. Wala pa akong experience na tumira dito sa Manila and then natatakot siya kasi probinsiyana nga daw ako, baka daw ako tutuksuhin at baka lokohin lang,” she shared.
But determined Mutya promised her father that she can survive and “makakamit ko yung pangarap ko na maging isang beauty queen.”
Now her life as a simple probinsiyana, as she calls herself, has undergone a complete 360-degree turn with her having to leave for Belarus next month and staying there for a while to fulfill her duties as the crowned winner.
“Yes yung nasa isip ko na magbabago na yung buhay namin and mas matutulungan ko na pamilya ko,” she said. However, at the end of the day “kapag binibigay ko na yung sash and crown sa Binibining Pilipinas then uuwi nako feeling ko is normal parin siya, normal parin si Mutya.”
At this point in her life, after having achieved her most sought dream, Mutya says she only has one wish left to be fulfilled.
“Kumbaga ang hinihiling ko lang eh magampanan ko ng maayos ang responsibilidad ko as a winner. Gusto kong maging magandang halimbawa yung buhay ko, yung mga pinagdaanan ko sa buhay. Gusto kong makapagbigay ng inspirasyon sa bawat isa sa buong mundo na hindi sila mawalan ng pag-asa na kahit na makaharap man sila sa nakapalaking pagsubok wag silang mawalan ng pag-asa, magdasal lang sila and believe in their dreams,” she ended.