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PUBLISHED: May 27, 2015 8:47pm

Miss Conservation, a new category for this year’s Unduk Ngadau contest

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Sandra Sokial

Reigning Unduk Ngadau 2014 Cheryl Lyn Pinsius (9th from left) posing for the camera along with the 42 beauty queen hopefuls from throughout Sabah, Labuan and Klang Valley. They will be vying for the beauty queen title in the state level Unduk Ngadau 2015 contest which is set to be held at the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association hall in Penampang on May 31. —TRP pic by Sandra Sokial

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KOTA KINABALU, May 27, 2015:

Apart from being beautiful and smart, this year’s Huminodun aspirants must also be nature lovers as a new category has been introduced for the subsidiary titles at the state-level Unduk Ngadau competition.

Set to be among the highlights of the month-long Kaamatan (Harvest) Festival, the beauty contest will see 42 beauties representing their respective districts in Sabah, with one each from Labuan and Klang Valley, to vie for the title.

“The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has decided to join and work with us to promote environmental conservation and has sponsored a new category dubbed Miss Conservation.

“It will be among the subsidiary titles to be won. Others are Tati Topiodo (Miss Natural Beauty), Tati Tosuau (Miss Friendly), Miss Popular and Best Creative Evening Gown based on Ethnic Motives,” said state level Unduk Ngadau organising chairperson Joanna Kitingan, when met at the participant’s’ registration session today.

Unduk Ngadau, which literally means the girl crowned by the sunlight, owes it’s origin from the KadazanDusunMurut (KDM) genesis story, which pertains to the sacrifice of a beautiful and loved maiden of her time, Ponompuan, by her father Kinoigan, a very influential man, to fertilise the land and allow people to grow food.

Overwhelmed by the sacrifice, the people said prayers for Kinoigan, his wife Suminundu, and Ponompuan, whom they now call Huminodun (which literally means “transformed sacrifice”).

According to Joanna Kitingan, Huminodun carries a very strong representation of the KDM tradition and culture, and for a beauty queen to emulate her, she should not only be physically beautiful but virtuous as well.

“The legend of Huminodun has always depicted her as a beautiful girl who was virtuous, noble and obedient,” she said.

This weekend will see the crowning of the fairest lass as the new Unduk Ngadau at the Kadazan Dusun Cultural (KDCA) hall in Penampang, which will also mark the closing of the state level Kaamatan Festival.



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