Unduk Ngadau 2012 Winner is from Telupid, Sabah. Melinda Louis is also this years Harvest Queen where she beat 40 other contestants at the finals which was held at the KDCA Hall in Penampang, Sabah.
Melinda will carry out her role as 'huminodun' and tourism ambassador for Sabah which is part of the title. She also takes home a total of RM68,600 in prizes and cash. Not only that, the title of Tati Topiodo or Miss Natural Beauty was also won by Melinda Louis from Telupid.
- Melinda Louis from Telupid (WINNER)
- Fenney Doimis from Kota Kinabalu (KK)
- Meryl Foster Paladius from Tambunan
- Vanessa Samantha Manih from Tanjung Aru
- Samantha Sharon C.E. Laujang from Penampang
- Milviana Madrigal from Kota Belud
- Raemma Justim from Tuaran
The Unduk Ngadau beauty contest was started to pay respect to Huminodun who is the sacrificed daughter of the Kadazandusun spirits Kinorohingan and Suminodun. It is believed that she was the one who taught the priestesses, known as locally as Bobohizans their ritual mantras which exist today.
However, some districts hold joint pageants which produce more than one state-level contestant. After the district level, each of the finalist then move on to the state-level pageant which is held on the 31st of May each year at the Hongkod Koisaan building or KDCA in Penampang, Kota Kinabalu.
This is the main highlight and ending point for the month long Kaamatan celebrations. Once again, congratulations to Melinda Louis from Telupid for being crowned Unduk Ngadau 2012 Winner.