Papar's Unduk Ngadau queen wows judges with video about hometown

KOTA KINABALU: Magdelen Jenny’s minute-long video proved that she’s not just beauty with brains, but creative as well.

The Papar Unduk Ngadau queen produced a minute-long video, beating 50 other harvest beauty queen finalists, for the main prize of RM3,000 cash, a trophy, sash, crown and certificate.

Her winning video, which showcased a creative storyline and high-quality cinematography of her hometown Papar, stood out among the others, winning the judges’ hearts.

Matunggong’s Edna Christabella Kim Vun and Tuaran’s Natasha Jane Geoffrey came first and second runners-up, receiving RM2,000 and RM1,000 cash, respectively, plus a trophy and certificate, each.

The 51 Unduk Ngadau finalists were required to produce a short video for the video clip competition on Culture, Agro-Tourism and Nature (CAN), as a sideline programme under their pageantry.

Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, who launched the event, expressed admiration over the beauties’ creativity, adding that such an effort could help promote Sabah through its cultural diversity.

“It was a good effort by all Unduk Ngadau finalists. This project, which is in its third year, reflects the true meaning of the pageant, which is not just about beauty and physical appearance, but also their creativity,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, he said the programme, which is shown to the public for the first time, is a great exposure, not just to the contestants, but viewers as well.

He said the short videos shot by the contestants showcase the uniqueness and attraction at their respective districts.

“Through such programmes, the contestants are able to help promote lesser-known destinations in Sabah,” he said.

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