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Eng’g student crowned Golden Dinagsa Queen

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Dinagsa Queen 2023 Steppi Bacolado crowns her successor Ayah Jane Sucajel as the Golden Dinagsa Queen of Cadiz City on Jan. 26, as Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. and wife, Mariel look on.* Bilis Cadiz photo

A 19-year-old engineering student was crowned as Golden Dinagsa Queen of Cadiz City at a splendid pageant held at Cadiz Arena on January 26.

Ayah Jane Sucajel from Barangay Tinampaan bested nine other hopefuls for the “golden crown” and took home a P50,000 cash prize.

A first year college student taking up Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Technology at Technological University of the Philippine-Visayas (TUP-V) in Talisay City, Sucajel was also named Best in Festival Attire, Best in Evening and Miss Photogenic.

Lyra Marie Rabanal, also of Brgy Tinampaan, and Barangay Zone 3’s Avegale Santos were hailed first and second runners-up, respectively.

Rabanal, who also took home P30,000, was also proclaimed as Ms. Talent, while Santos, who won the best in gown, got  P20,000 in cash prizes.

Each minor award was worth P5,000.

On her win, Sucajel said, “Really, I can’t believe I am now the Golden Dinagsa Queen. But I am thankful to God that I was able to overcome my fear.”

As the Golden Dinagsa Queen, Ayah vowed to help the city government via enhanced tourism advocacy and promotions. Number one in her list is still the oga (dried fish). Why oga? “That’s because Cadiz was known for it (oga) yesterday and today.” Oga is also the symbol of Cadiz’s flourishing fishing industry, a statement from the Cadiz City government said.

Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr. thanked the men and women behind the Search for Dinagsa Queen 2024.

“It was, indeed, an amazing production that wowed Cadiznons,” Escalante said.

Joining him at the more than two-hour event were his wife, Mariel, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Victorias City Mayor Javi Benitez, and the city councilors.

Movie and television stars from Manila – Paul Salas and Luke Conde – livened up the program, while actress Liane Valentin led this year’s panel of judges.*

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