PENAMPANG: Hosiani James Jaimis, who represented Inanam, was crowned State Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2018 at the Hongkod Koisaan Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) hall, here, Thursday."I am excited and did not expect to win the title," she said when met after the crowning ceremony."This is the second time I joined Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan pageant after winning first runner-up in Tambunan in 2015."I decided not to rejoin in Tambunan as it is quite far from Manggatal where I am living currently."
On her next plan, the 25-year-old Internet socialite and social media influencer fondly called Keewon wants to focus on promoting Inanam as well as Sabah.She brought home prizes worth RM86,050, including RM12,000 cash, a crown, a trophy and a sash, apart from educational scholarships from Asian Tourism International College (ATI) and North Borneo University College (NBUC), both worth RM60,000.In second and third place were Sherrylyn Jane Rannytho who represented Penampang and Vanessa Audrey Gilbert (Putatan), respectively.The first runner-up won RM8,000, a trophy and educational scholarship of RM10,000 from the NBUC.
Vanessa received RM6,000, a trophy and NBUC educational scholarship worth RM5,000.Completing the top seven list were Madeleine Sophie Binidip (Johor), Puang Hui Ling @ Arin Puang (Ranau), Mary Grace Lojuki (Kota Kinabalu) and Tanessja Shanelle Mojitoh (Kapayan).Prizes were presented by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau's wife, Datin Seri Dr Jaina Sintian.Also present were Assistant Education and Innovation Minister cum State Kaamatan Festival Celebration Main Organising Committee deputy chairperson Jenifer Lasimbang, State Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan chairperson Joanna Datuk Kitingan and 2017 State Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan Kerinah Mah.Some 46 "Sumandaks" from all over the State as well as KDCA branches took part in the annual pageant.The pageant was the main highlight for the two-day annual State-level Kaamatan Festival celebration which closed its curtains on Thursday. - Ricardo Unto (Daily Express on June 1, 2018)
On the day that Hosiani was crowned, it was raining cats and dogs. This report by Jenne Lajiun (Borneo Post) talks about it:
KOTA KINABALU: The heavy downpour that hit the west coast of Sabah has resulted in flooding.
Penampang, where crowds of people gathered to celebrate the crowning of her 2018 Sabah Level Kaamatan Festival Unduk Ngadau, Hosiani James Jaimis, 25, at the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Centre was also not spared and as merry makers from the celebration made their way home, soaking wet in the rain, not to mention needing to brave through the flooded roads.
Even the "Sigah" roundabout at Donggongon, in Penampang was flooded, and this writer has to walk in the rain and in the dark, braving fast cars and unlit street lights just to get to her ride some 30 minutes walk away.
It turned out later that many people were left stranded after spending the entire day cheering for their favourite contestants at the KDCA due to the heavy downpour.
By daybreak, various videos were made viral -- shops inundated with flood water, which turned out to be fake.But another one which featured a group of men catching a crocodile from, what looked like a flooded drain, seemed authentic, gauging from the Sabahan dialect spoken.
The men later proceeded to slaughter the crocodile, and it is all captured and made viral on the internet for the world to see.
Sabah Wildlife Department Director, Augustine Tuuga when contacted said that it was actually an offence to catch or hunt crocodiles without a license.
"But people are complaining that suddenly there are crocodiles in the river in Penampang and Kinarut where there are crocodile farms. People are blaming the presence of these crocodiles in the rivers on these farms. Maybe some escaped from these farms," said Augustine.
He added however that the crocodile farms denied the allegations of their crocodiles escaping.
"But we cannot verify this unless an investigative reporter does it for us," he quipped.
As per the video, Augustine said that they have taken note of it.
"We don't intend to take further action as we consider this particular case as a preventive action to avoid possible attack in critical situation," he said.
He went on to describe the crocodile capture as "Not a well planned illegal activity.
"He added that no action would be taken because there have been so many casualties caused by crocodiles.As for claims that crocodiles were seen crossing roads at various parts, Augustine said that he knows of only one such case.
"There was one case in Kinarut where a croc was filmed / photographed crossing the road. I don't know of any other case."
He then shared two crocodile attack photographed in Kota Marudu.
"There was a crocodile attack in Kota Marudu last week. The victim survived but was badly injured."
KOTA KINABALU: Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Christina Liew yesterday expressed her support to the Sabah Unduk Ngadau winner, Hosiani James Jaimis, to play the role as the Cultural Heritage Ambassador for Sabah.
Christina told press members during the courtesy visit by Hosiani and members of the Unduk Ngadau committee headed by its chairperson, Joanna Kitingan, to her office yesterday that her ministry endorsed the activities that will be undertaken by Hosiani to promote the cultural sites of Sabah.
She added that on August 12, she will be flagging Hosiani at the Timpohon gate at the Kinabalu World Heritage site, who would be climbing Mt Kinabalu.
It will be Hosiani’s maiden climb up Mt Kinabalu and she will be accompanied by Joanna, who would be climbing the mountain for the fifth time.
During the event, Joanna also requested Christina for her ministry’s endorsement of the coffee table book on Sabah’s traditional costumes which will be launched by May, next year.
So far, they have already compiled more than 30 traditional ethnic costumes that are worn by the ethnic races in Sabah, she said.
Hosiani said that the focus of the climb was to promote the mountain.
“This is the first time. Unduk Ngadau committee will bring me there to climb the mountain with the first runner up,” she said.
She added that she is in the midst of preparing for the event and have begun jogging.
“I was a sprinter from school, so I can do my own warm up, but I need guiding to go up,” she said.
“We will try to go all the way up and bring the Sabah flag.”
Joanna said this will be the first time they are getting the Unduk Ngadau to climb the mountain on an official basis.
“She is a lucky girl, but it is a tough assignment.”
She reminded that the spirit of Huminodun is not merely about beauty but to be always ready to sacrifice one’s time, self and effort.
“The Mt Kinabalu is significant because it is revered by the people here,” said Joanna.
Also present was the ministry's permanent secretary, Datu Rosmadi Sulai. -- Jenne Lajiun (the Borneo Post, August 2, 2018)
6 DECEMBER 2015
OCEANUS CHRISTMAS TREE LIGTHING CEREMONY
Kota Kinabalu - Oceanus Waterfront Mall Kota Kinabalu has launched its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on 5 December 2015, Saturday recently. The opening ceremony was officiated by Mr. Johnson Koh, Executive Director of Waterfront Urban Development Sdn Bhd who is representing the management of the mall. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is the opening to the Christmas Celebration of Oceanus Waterfront Mall.
Among those present during the event were the senior management and staff of Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Ms. Hosiani James the winner of Miss Kaamatan Oceanus 2015, contestants of the Miss Santarina Queen Pageant, medias and shoppers of the mall. The event concluded with choir performance by Our Lady Queen of Peace, Kobusak carolers and live acapella singing performance by the talented acapella band from Kota Kinabalu called the True Echo.
Christmas is the best way to build holiday memories with family and friends and in line with this, the mall has a planned a series of exciting and memorable events for the month of December for everyone to enjoy such as the All-4-One LIVE Concert on 13th December 2015 at the Boardwalk of Oceanus Waterfront Mall. The Grammy Award-Winning group is well-known for its love songs that not only chart radio airwaves, but also garnered countless awards. Oceanus Waterfront Mall is the main sponsor of this event and tickets selling are available at the counter located at the lobby of Oceanus Waterfront Mall, priced at RM120.00 inclusive of one drink.
Another event coming up is the Sunset Sonata, a charity program collaboration between Oceanus Waterfront Mall and Eastern College Kota Kinabalu that will be held on 19th December 2015 starting from 4pm till 6pm. The musical ensemble comprising 65 talented musicians will be serenading its audiences with Christmas songs, local Malay folk songs, classical pieces and few English rock numbers. It is definitely not to be missed. As this is a charity based program, tickets will be sold at RM100, RM80 and RM50 and part of the proceeds will be donated to a charity organization yet to be confirmed by the Management of the Mall. This is part of the Mall’s CSR in conjunction with this time of giving. On the same day right after the Sunset Sonata will be the Miss Santarina Queen Pageant startingat 7pm till 10pm where there will be 15 finalists competing to win the title. Add on to that, Bouncy World Inflatable Fun Theme Park will be available at the Boardwalk of Oceanus Waterfront Mall starting on 12 December till further notice from 3pm till 10pm. Furthermore, in the spirit of giving, the Mall shall also undertake to run a Sales Campaign where shoppers spending RM50 and above in one receipt will be entitled to redeem a soft toy from the Gift Rack starting on 14 December 2015 onwards while stock last. For more festive activities and further inquiry, please contact Oceanus promotions department at 088 347949 or 273810.