Candidates representing the different barangays, cities and towns of Cebu held their images of Santo Niño proudly during the presentation of candidates at the Axis Bar in Nustar Resort and Casino on Saturday, January 7.
The beauties were also given the chance to showcase their personalities when they were interviewed by sponsors and members of the media during the presentation.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, who is the cluster chairperson of the Sinulog 2023 presentations, were present during the event.
The candidates are also expected to strut the stage of the Mountain Wing Atrium at SM Seaside City on January 9 for the Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition.
Thousands of spectators are foreseen to gather during the coronation night at the CCSC, as this will be the first time in almost three years that a queen will be crowned following its cancelation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 10 candidates vying for the crown are Denise Carmel Perales (Barangay Labangon, Cebu City), Kiara Liane Wellington (Talisay City), MJ Prieto (Barangay Tisa, Cebu City), Kaheia Marie Idu (Mabolo, Cebu City), Angelica Macasero (Carcar City), Amor Beah Singh (Toledo City), Rena Alexic Tavera (Mandaue City), Angel Myrna Theia Layam (Barangay San Nicolas Proper, Cebu City), April Joana Zapanta (Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City) and Frenzy Jean Macan (Pardo, Cebu City).
Monika Jane Afable of Tribu Rayhak from Borongan City, Eastern Samar is the reigning Festival Queen after she won the 2020 edition of the said competition. First runner-up was Jesselle Saniel of Talisay City and second runner-up was Jane Darren Genoblisa of Carcar City.
The winning queen of this year’s pageant will take home P150,000. Minor prizes will also be awarded.
The Sinulog Festival 2023 will be held for the first time at the South Road Properties on Sunday, January 15.