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Unduk Ngadau 2012 (Harvest Festival Queen)

Unduk Ngadau

The Beauty Queen Pageant 2012 for State-Level Kaamatan (Sabah Harvest Festival) is just over. There are 41 contestants from all over Sabah. The result is as follow:
Unduk Ngadau 2012
From Left:
1st Runner-Up: Fenny Doimis Gihiban from Kota Kinabalu
Unduk Ngadau 2012: Melinda Louis from Telupid
2nd Runner-Up: Meryl Foster Paladius from Tambunan

Photos of Melinda Louis (State-Level Unduk Ngadau 2012)

Melinda Louis
State-Level Unduk Ngadau 2012
Melinda Louis

Photos of Fenny Doimis Gihiban (1st Runner-Up)

Fenny Doimis Gihiban
Fenny Doimis Gihiban
Fenny Doimis Gihiban

Photos of Meryl Foster Paladius (2nd Runner-Up)

Meryl Foster Paladius
Meryl Foster Paladius

Unduk Ngadau 2012
The other four contestants who make it to the Top 7 are:

4th Place: Vanessa Samantha Manih (Tanjung Aru)

Vanessa Samantha Manih
Vanessa Samantha Manih
Vanessa Samantha Manih

5th Place: Samantha Sharon C.E. Launjang (Penampang)

Samantha Sharon C.E. Launjang
Samantha Sharon C.E. Launjang
Samantha Sharon C.E. Launjang

6th Place: Milviana Madrigal (Kota Belud)

Milviana Madrigal
Milviana Madrigal
Milviana Madrigal

7th Place: Raemma Justim (Tuaran)

Raemma Justim
Raemma Justim

Miss Popular (Digi): Juslinah Dian Rangga (Tawau)

Miss Popular (Digi)
Juslinah Dian Rangga

Reigning Queen: Bo Tiza Arthur S. Disimon

Bo Tiza Arthur S. Disimon

Congratulations to all the beauties! It’s a perfect closing for Kaamatan 2012.

Photos taken in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Murut’s Kalimaran Festival

Sabah has over 32 indigneous groups, and each ethnic would have 5 or more sub-ethnic, so many that even Sabah Cultural Board can’t tell who they are by looking at the custom (I asked them before). Murut means “Men of the hill,” the 3rd largest indigenous groups in Sabah, they are usually farmers and hunters live in interior area. Murut are people also found in Sarawak and Kalimantan.

(Photo below is Murut Baukan)
Murut Baukan

Kalimaran Festival is an annual state-level celebration for Murut culture in Murut Cultural Centre, which is made of Belian wood (hardest tropical hardwood timber), at Kampung Pulong, about 13km from Tenom town. To marry a KadazanDusun girl, a few buffalo is enough. However, to marry a Murut girl, you would pay the dowry for life. This festival is the best time to see the demo of Tinauh, the Murut wedding ceremony that would last for week, the biggest of all indigenous races in Sabah. For demo, they only show it in a day.

Photo below is Murut Nabai. The Paluan, Nabai, Gana and Baukan sub-ethnics live in Keningau, Sook and Bingkor along the shores of the Pegalan River. The Murut Tagol (Taghol) is the biggest group and stay in Nabawan, Sook and Kemabong.

Murut Nabai

Murut has about 8 sub-ethnic (correct me if I am wrong). This year I only paid a brief visit (sigh… I missed the Miss Kalimaran beauty pageant). This year they have (sub-ethnic) Taghol, Timugon, Nabai, Kolor, Paluan, Sabakong, Gana and Baukan (Bookan) to introduce their cultres and customs. Though all Murut sub-ethnics sharesimilar culture, they can look very different from one another.

Murut warrior

Kalimaran means craftsmanship of the Muruts, as they produce very impressive bead work and other crafts. Ralaa means young lady and alimar means hardworking, strong-minded, diligent and trustworthy. Below is a good background description of Kalimaran by Daily Express newspaper:

“The story has it that there was a young Murut lady named Ralaa who had all these wonderful personal virtues: hardworking, strong-minded and trustworthy. The sad part was, in the interest of their community, her brother named Yolomor believed he had to sacrifice her. But before that tragic event, she managed to produce a flurry of handicraft of excellent quality such as Tikar, Silaung, Tikalis, Buyung, Lintoyog and Onot by using raw materials like bamboo, rattan and bamban. That rush of Ralaa’s handicraft inspiration climaxed in her Kalimaran by weaving cloth, sampoi (scarf), using threads produced from Timahan roots. Ralaa was finally sacrificed by Yolomor in order to get seeds for cultivation in his farm.”

(Photo below is Murut Gana)

Murut Timugon and Kolor were mostly found in Tenom and some in Kemabong and Beaufort while the Sabakongs are mostly concentrated in Pulau Sebatik, Tawau.

I only managed to take a few photos. Click thumbnails below to see bigger photos. From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Murut Kolor
2. Murut warriors (wearing cloth made of tree bark)
3. Gana
4. Baukan
5. Serudung
6. Paluan
7. Timugon
8. Tagol

Related Post:
Kalimaran Festival: photos of Tinauh wedding and Kalimaran beauty pageant

Photos taken in Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo