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 Telipid.
The Unduk Ngadau 2012 Contestants were also between the ages of 18 to 24 years old. It was also a surprise that a beauty from Telipud won the title as many did not expect this district to win. For the record, I did not manage to attend this years Harvest Queen Festival due to a broken leg therefore the main photo credit goes to JD Floyd Pictures from Sabah.
- 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
Unduk Ngadau 2012 Winners - Photo Credit to David Aramaitii
A total of 41 contestants from all over Sabah went on stage at Hongkod Koisaan (KDCA) on the 31st May, to vie for the Unduk Ngadau 2012 or Harvest Queen title in their respective traditional costumes. Here are pictures of the 41 finalist for the Unduk Ngadau. You can also read my last years story on the Unduk Ngadau 2011 Winner.
One of the most recognizable cultural events in Sabah, the Unduk Ngadau Pageant is very unique here. The title comes from the ethnic word Runduk Tadau which means 'the girl crowned by sunlight'. 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.
Inside the KDCA Hall in Penanpang
Kaamatan or Harvest Festival is Sabah is an annual cultural observation of the Kadazandusun people to celebrate a bountiful paddy harvest. Every year, contestants are selected in the state-level pageants and there will be one winner for their district's pageant. 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.