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45 ladies to compete in this year’s Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan

17th May, 2017

By VESTA VANESSA JSOL

KOTA KINABALU: Forty-five Unduk Ngadau participants will be competing for this year’s state-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan.

The chairperson of the harvest pageant committee, Joanna Datuk Kitingan said that the increased participation is in addition to the Kiulu representative.

Speaking at a press conference, Joanna said that this time around the pageant will emphasize on the participants’ ability to speak their mother tongue and appreciate their own culture.

She said it was the continuity of last year’s theme ‘Embrace your culture, speak your mother tongue.”

Joanna, who is also the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) women council chairperson, said that the traditional costumes continues to be their pursuits to make sure that each district brings out the different costumes that is seldom worn so that the Unduk Ngadau learn to appreciate the varied cultures and costumes.

“The Unduk Ngadau Pageant has come a long way. It has kept the traditions alive and promote our culture in terms of being proud to wear our traditional costume and promote our culture tourism as well,” said Joanna.

Meanwhile, for the evening Wear Ethnic Concept, which started four years ago, it will continue to be a competition so that the designers will able to showcase their creative creation during the Sodop Pintutunan on May 27.

The top seven creative best designs will be showcased during the Sodop Unduk Ngadau on May 29.

The main criteria for the Most Creative Best Designs are, creation must be new and original and must have never been won in any other competition before, the design must incorporate the respective districts ethnic motif based on the traditional costumes and accessories, must be practical and elegant and can be worn with confidence at any event, must be decent and the model wearing must feel comfortable and be able to exclude an image befitting of an Unduk Ngadau.

“We will be holding a Fund Raising Sodop Unduk Ngadau Charity Dinner where part of the proceeds will be channelled to underprivileged children of Asrama Butitin, Nabawan,” said Joanna.

This year, the Almacrest International College (AIC) will also sponsor a full Diploma Programme Scholarship for the State Level Unduk Ngadau Pageant while 50 per cent Diploma Programme Scholarship for the Unduk Ngadau Pageant winner at every district level.

   
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