Kumang Gawai

Priscilla Hyginus… given the task as choreographer for the upcoming Dayung Sangon 2014 beauty contest.

Miss Kumang Gawai (Bidayuh category) 2009 and 1st runner-up of the Dayung Iyang Biatah Gawai 2011, Priscilla Hyginus has been chosen the choreographer for the upcoming Dayung Sangon 2014 beauty contest slated on May 10.

Her selection was based on her experience as winner of those beauty contests as well her experience in choreographing several past beauty contests.

In sharing her experience as a contestant in a beauty contest, Priscilla said every participant should believe in themselves and be confident when they are on stage.

Priscilla said before she participated in any beauty pageant before she had to prepare her mind, spirit and body in readiness for the pageant.

“I read as much as I could on general knowledge about happenings in my community and city and state.

“That helped during the preliminary round. I took care of my grooming and appearance, made sure I ate well and slept well. But most important, I made sure that my self-confidence level was intact.

“My message to the contestants for Dayung Sangon 2014 is to believe in yourself and be confident when you are on stage,” she added.

A total of 46 entries have been received for the inaugural Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) ‘Dayung Sangon’ beauty pageant when registration closed on Monday (April 14, 2014).

The participants are from throughout the country including those residing in Peninsula Malaysia and Sabah.

Chairperson of the sub-committee Kendy Edwards said the 46 contestants will compete in the preliminary round to be held on April 26, starting at 9 am at Eastern Mall Supermarket in Siburan Bazaar.

Only 12 finalists will be chosen for the finale to be held on May 10 at the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) multi-purpose hall at the association’s headquarters here.

Kendy said even the preliminary round is going to be full of excitement and urged members of the public to come together to watch the competition.

The ‘Dayung Sangon’ beauty contest is the first to be organised by the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) in conjunction with this year’s Gawai Dayak festival.

The contest which is opened to single Bidayuh ladies ((either parent must be Bidayuh), aged 18 to 25-year-old offers total cash prizes of RM7,800 cash prizes.

“The Dayung Sangon champion will walk away with RM3,000 cash prize while the first and second runner-up winners will win RM2,000 and RM1,000 respectively besides trophies.

“There will also be nine consolation prizes at RM200 each and all finalists will receive hampers sponsored by Nestle Products,” she said.

She said for the finale contestants would be judged on their beauty (50%), intelligence (20%), costume (20%) and poise (10%).

She said for the questions and answer, the contestants may answer in Bahasa Malaysia or English.

Priscilla Hyginus… given the task as choreographer for the upcoming Dayung Sangon 2014 beauty contest.

Priscilla Hyginus… given the task as choreographer for the upcoming Dayung Sangon 2014 beauty contest.