The finalists of 2013 Jakarta Abang None (Abnon) Pageant are required to understand the culture of Betawi. Moreover they will compete in the final night which will be held on the east side of Monas Plaza on Wednesday (7/3).
"2013 Jakarta Abang None implementation must be held in the open field. Previously, its implementation was held in hotel or magnificent building. But this year it must be more populist. Thus Jakartans could watch this competition," said Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), at City Hall, Monday (7/1).
Jokowi stated 10 thousand of people will watch the night of the election of 2013 Jakarta Abnon. He also reminds, Jakarta`s character and identity should be maintained, thus the event can be educate the young generation not to forget the Betawi culture. It aims to develop Jakarta, due to Betawi cultural is Jakarta icon.
"Do not let the finalists are just smart in foreign languages, like English and German, but also must be fluent in Betawi language. They have to know about the late Benjamin S` background and Betawi art and culuture, and should be able to answer when being asked. Don`t let when asked about Freddie Mercury, they know. For instance is like the Queen, Guns and Roses. Beware of this," stressed Jokowi.
Head of Jakarta Tourism and Culture Department, Arie Budhiman added that the election of 2013 abnon will be held on Wednesday (7/3), at 7 PM on the east side of MOnas Plaza. "1,854 participants from six regions will color the event. This number is increasing up to 21.06 percent compared to last year, which were 1,467 participants," he told.
Budhiman added the finalists are equipped with knowledges. They are public relations, marketing, administration and tourism, as well as Jakarta history and Betawi culture, etiquette and personality, and the dangers and prevention of drugs, appearance and fashion, protocol and techniques to bring a event, hospitality industry, psychology and foreign languages.
"The event process run smoothly and finalists` enthusiasm in the series of events is also high. We hope the quality of the new Jakarta abnon will be better than previous year`s winner and become a positive image for young generation in Jakarta," he finished.