Pampanga beauty Camille Guevarra brought home the top title Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 Asia-Pacific International at the Grand Coronation Night on Sunday HELD at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.
The 19-year-old crowd favorite, whose couturier also won the Best Designer award, will represent the country in the upcoming Miss Intercontinental beauty contest to be held in Spain in December.
During the question and answer portion initiated by hosts beauty queens Maggie Wilson-Consunji and Tin Caballero, as well as singer Markki Stroem, Guevarra was asked whom she thinks between a man and a woman would be better in promoting and marketing the country as tourist destination.
Guevarra chose her gender, saying that like herself, a Mutya ng Pilipinas contestant, they can be ambassadors of tourism which in turn could aid the cause of the Department of Tourism to promote the country through the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" campaign.
Guevarra, via an interview aired on “Unang Hirit” on Monday, related that she dedicates her success to her ailing mother whom she hasn’t seen for over a month now.
Meanwhile, Rizzini Alexis Gomez, who won the Best in Swimsuit award during the pre-pageant competition held last month, took home the Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism title. The 21-year-old Cebuana will be Malaysia-bound for the Miss Tourism International which is traditionally held during New Year’s Eve.
Gomez’s make-or-break question in the pageant was about the things she learned from the travels she did as a Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 candidate.
She replied, "The most important thing that I have learned from these travels is the importance and value of preserving the culture and heritage of our country. We wouldn't want only to show other countries that we are very vibrant, but we are also world-class and skillful Fiilpinos that help bring about the best of what our country has to offer and we can proudly say, it's more fun in the Philippines."
The other honors in this year's Mutya tilt went to Emma Tiglao of Central Luzon (1st runner-up) and Lara Grace Lacap of Quezon City (2nd runner-up).
Maribee Tiburcio, representing the Filipino overseas community in Northern California, was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities.
By MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE