Monday, April 21, 2008


Devena wins another beauty pageant trophy
Unduk Ngadau 2006 crowned Miss Sabah-Malaysia-World


Unduk Ngadau 2006 winner Devena Jaikob added another beauty pageant trophy to her collection after she was crowned Miss Sabah-Malaysia-World on Saturday. The 20-year-old civil engineering student also stands a chance to win even bigger titles as she earned the right to contest in the Miss Malaysia- World Beauty Pageant in Kuala Lumpur which will choose the country’s contestant for the 58th Miss World final to be held on October 4, at the Ukraina National Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. In the State-level final held at Magellan Sutera here on Saturday evening, Devena who competed with 14 other finalists, was among the most outstanding contestants and the favourite to win the title. In addition to the main title, the five-foot-six-inch Kadazan beauty with a 35-24-35 figure, also bagged theMiss Body Beautiful and Designer Best Evening Gown subsidiary titles, taking home a total prize of more than RM17,000. The Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic student is currently in the second year of her diploma course and hopes to become a lecturer one day. She obtained her secondary education at vernacular school SM Lok Yuk,Likas and can speak Chinese, in addition to her mother tongue, Malay and English. She loves listening to music and enjoys reading love story novels in her spare time. In her pageant biography, Devena stated that she is often described as a quiet person but likes to think of herself as a happy and cheerful individual. Winning two different Miss Sabah titles, she said, is not just a recognition for her beauty as a woman, but also a privilege and responsibility to play a role for the betterment of the world and uplift the image of the women. To honour the spirit of the Miss World Beauty Pageant, Devena said she would be involved in as many positive activities she can such as voluntary and community works to help those in need and to promote compassion among human and towards the environment. As for her personal ambition, she said she would work hard not only to gain the academic qualification but also the knowledge and valuable experiences, to become a good lecturer. On her chances at the national level of the Miss Malaysia-World, she said she would not put her hope high but just do her best for Sabah. “Representing Sabah is already an honour. I would not expect much at the national level and just do my best,” she said to reporters after the crowning ceremony. Joanne Kimberly J Majalap, 18,who was also a favourite to win the pageant, finished second behind Devena followed by Audrey Marylyn Ambrose, also 18, at third. Two other finalists who made it to the last five were Rounah Beb Robert Sylvester, 18,at fourth place and Emily Majil, 20, at fifth. The first runner up, Joanne, was named Miss Crown Glory while Audrey won the Miss Friendly subsidiary title. Two other subsidiary titles, Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality, were given to Magdeline Poh Siew Chern, 25, and Julylen Liew Ei Ling, 18, respectively.