JOSE Abad Santos town's representative, Blessing Yacon, was crowned as this year's Reina de Davao Occidental on October 27, 2019 at the new Malita Gym.
The new queen impressed the judges and the cheering crowd with her striking beauty, confidence, and wit.
During the Question and Answer portion, the five Reinas from the five municipalities of the province were asked to explain their picked "hashtags." The Medical Laboratory Science student picked #Sharing.
"Sharing is one of the favorite words of most Filipinos. But no matter how small or big you have shared to other people, what is important is it was shared with a heart and sincerity," she said.
Apart from the Q & A portion, the candidates also donned their designers' creations in the One Town One Product (Otop) Festival Attire; Resorts Wear; and Founder's Terno Attire.
Joining Yacon in her court is first runner-up Micah Mia N. Echaves (Sta. Maria), second runner-up Precy Jade Pabas Cerna (Sarangani), third runner-up Vaneza Amadeo Bongan (Don Marcelino), and 4th runner-up Janna Niña Obina Elemento (Malita).
The ladies and the crowd were also serenaded by actors RK Bagatsing and Enzo Pineda.
Davao Occidental governor Claude Bautista thanked all the people of Davao Occidental and the organizers of the event for making it consistently grand.
Also present were Davao Occidental representative Lorna Bandigan, and Dumper PTDA partylist representative Claudine Diana Bautista, and the five municipal mayors of the province.
The search for Reina de Davao Occidental is one the highlights of the 4th Araw ng Davao Occidental celebration which runs from October 22-28, 2019.
The celebration was centered on the theme: Towards global competitiveness and culture of excellence. This year's Reina de Davao Occidental's artistic director is Allan Hioca.