‘Banana cue’ vendor wins beauty tilt

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato — A 19-year-old “banana cue” vendor was crowned Mutya ng North Cotabato in this year’s beauty contest in celebration of the province’s 103rd Foundation Anniversary and Kalivungan Festival.

During the pageant night at the Libungan municipal gymnasium, beaming Krislyn Jabonera bested other aspirants representing various towns in North Cotabato.

Aside from winning the most coveted crown, Jabonera, who represented Midsayap town, also won special awards, including the Best in Production Number and Best in Long Gown.

Jabonera told reporters that she has been helping her mother sell “banana cue” beside the town hall and Midsayap Central Elementary School.

First runner up was Angelica Lobrigo of Mlang town while Rizalin del Mundo of Kidapawan City won the second runner-up title.

Third runner up was Rica Jane Sabanal of Matalam.

The pageant night was star-studded as Venus Raj and KC Montero with Manila-based entertainers wowed the crowd.

Libungan Mayor Amping Cuan said the town was honored to host the beauty contest this year because it placed Libungan in the region’s tourism map. Edwin Fernandez/PNA-northboundasia.com