PUTATAN: The qualities of the Unduk Ngadau that are sought after by judges during the Unduk Ngadau competition (a special beauty contest
held in conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival) are beauty, confidence and eloquence.
Expressing his views when met during the Putatan district Unduk Ngadau contestants registration held at the Putatan District Hall near here
yesterday, Martin Buguk, an experienced make-up artist with over 20 years of involvement in the competition and one who is very much
sought after during such festivity said that these were his findings after years of involvement.
"Being tall is definitely a bonus...we are seeing more preference towards taller contestants in the last few years. However, it is not a
prerequisite when joining the competition," he said.
Also an advantage is the contenders' ability to converse in her local dialect, he said.
Martin began involving himself in the Unduk Ngadau competitions since the 1990s.
Four of the contenders he helped in the Unduk Ngadau State Level competition were crowned winners.
They were 1999 State Unduk Ngadau, Kathie Rengos representing Inanam, 2008 State Unduk Ngadau representing Penampang, Leoni Gontuni, 2010
State Unduk Ngadau representing Tanjung Aru, Crystal Huminodun Mojimbun and 2011 State Unduk Ngadau Botiza Arthur Disimon.
Meanwhile, the Putatan district Kaamatan Festival and Unduk Ngadau competition will be held on May 10 at the Putatan District Council
Over 30 lasses registered for the selection held last night. Out of the total, only 15 would be contending come May 10. -- Jenne Lajiun (The Borneo Post, May 8, 2014)
Martin (standing with black shirt) speaking with the organising
committee members at the Putatan Unduk Ngadau selection held last