Written by Nico Veneracion

Last March 15, 2017, 29 equally beautiful and empowered Dabawenyas competed for the most coveted title of Mutya ng Dabaw 2017. This prestigious search for Davao City’s ambassadress of goodwill held at the Davao City Recreation Center is one of the anticipated activities during the annual Araw ng Dabaw festivity. This year’s winner proudly hails from the Ateneo de Davao University and a Phoenix herself. She is in the person of Reina M. Kobayashi.

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Photo from Davao Today

Kobayashi or “Mokky”, as fondly called by her dear friends and family, is 18 years old and currently a 2nd year student taking up BS in Chemical Engineering. This confident lass from Barangay Cabantian, Buhangin won and captured the hearts of the crowd with her striking beauty, astounding wit, and impeccable grace.

PIGLASAPAT would like to give its warmest congratulations to Reina for being chosen as an authentic symbol of Davao City’s rapid development and resilient people. May your yearlong reign be filled with a golden heart in serving your fellow Dabawenyos, ignited with a fiery passion in actualizing your advocacy and armored with your strong values and principles as a true-blooded Dabawenya.

Her victory affirms that PIGLASAPAT members do not only excel in the sphere of round table discussions and leadership trainings but also in the field of beauty and brains.