Red carpet, celebrity guests as Mother & Daughter pageant returns


A red carpet and surprise celebrity guests are among plans for the return of the Mother and Daughter pageant.

The 30th edition of the pageant is slated for May 13 at the National Cultural Centre. The theme selected is: “The year of the Pearl, our love turns 30”.

According to the pageant founders, Ingrid Fung and her daughter Sulan Fung, this year’s pageant will have very special surprises as it also incorporates major collaborations since its first edition back in 1990. 

On the red carpet, patrons will get to sample products from sponsors and meet local celebrities. This part of the night is being sponsored by Chung’s Global Inc.

“You have an option of going straight into the show and dodging the cameras or you can live your dream and walk the red carpet or you can take interviews with the camera and share your Mother’s day greetings – and it will be streamed on television and social media.

“Once the pageant starts and the curtains open, we will go straight into the Igloo segment because Igloo is responsible for extracting the pearl and bringing it to us,” Sulan said.

The ‘pearl’ refers to the symbol of turning thirty and a representative of Sterling Products, Delon Lynch, explained that this collaboration is to promote the new launch for its sugar free ice cream line.

A total of 22 pairs of mothers and daughters will participate in the pageant. The junior category caters for daughters four to eight years old and their mothers, while the middle category will feature daughters nine to 14 years of age and their mothers. Daughters 15 years and older and their mothers will be in the senior category.

According to Ingrid Fung, the pageant is important to many who have participated and who enjoy attending it. She said her biggest motivation in producing the pageant is the reactions of persons who call for it each year.

“The driving force is the response, the love, the people who want it and the people who participate…sometimes mothers come a little broken from broken relationships and they come and they forge and they heal and they get along very fine,” Ingrid said.

She added that it takes about six weeks for the participants to prepare for the pageant and said that it is many days of practice and rehearsals for the grand finale on pageant night.  

Additionally, Keisha Chung, the General Manager of Chung’s Global Inc. and a former contestant, said the pageant helps  in bringing mothers and daughters closer. 

“The bond that I created with my Mom through rehearsals and through the pageant is one that is unbreakable and its one that I cherish forever,” she said.

Some other sponsors includes Team Mohammed, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, GuyOil and many other entities.  

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