Filipino model and vlogger Francesca Taruc bagged the first pageant win of the year for the Philippines after being crowned Miss Tourism World Intercontinental 2019. Photo: Facebook/Miss Tourism World 2019 Intercontinental Final/Instagram (@francescataruc)

The Philippines bagged another pageant win at this year’s Miss Tourism World Intercontinental held in Nanjing, China. On Tuesday evening, Filipino model and vlogger Francesca Taruc, 20, was crowned Miss Tourism World Intercontinental 2019.

Tatarstan was the first runner-up, while Ukraine bagged the second runner-up title, CNN Philippines reported.

Francesca Taruc. Photo: Instagram (@francescataruc)

The Filipina, who hails from Pampanga, also received the Best Body award during the preliminary round of the pageant. In July last year, Taruc represented the Philippines in Miss Freedom of the World 2018 held in Kosovo.

Taruc’s win was the first pageant title for the Philippines this year and comes less than one month after Filipino-Australian Catriona Gray won the country’s fourth Miss Universe crown.

Francesca Taruc. Photo: Instagram (@francescataruc)

Taruc graduated with a degree in Mass Communication at Holy Angel University in Pampanga. In an Instagram post, Taruc said she is still speechless that she won and is honored to represent the Philippines in the pageant and bring home a victory. The beauty queen is set to return home on Thursday.

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