Borongan City's Monika Afable is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Grade 10 student Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, bested 10 other contestants for the title of Sinulog Festival Queen 2020 during the coronation held Friday night, January 17, at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Donning a cathedral-inspired festival costume which she described as heavy, Monika was able to impress the board of judges who included of master couturier Cary Santiago, actor Paolo Ballesteros, and last year’s winner and Miss Millennial Philippines 2019 Nicole Borromeo. (LIST: Sinulog 2020 events)
Aside from the crown, Monika also brought home several corporate awards namely, Miss Mega Sardines, Miss Tender Juicy, Miss McDo Queen and Miss Robinsons Galleria. She also won Best in Runway during the Runway competition held 3 days prior to the finals night.
When asked to give a message to the people of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, which she represented, the young lady only had words of gratitude for all the support that she hadreceived.
Four other lead dancers were also given props that night which are the runners-up that completed Monika's court:
- 1st Runner Up: Jesselle Saniel of Talisay City
- 2nd Runner Up: Jane Darren Genobisa of Carcar City
- 3rd Runner Up: Sabrina Ruth Bogard of Banay Labangon
- 4th Runner Up: Nathalie Shaw of Pundok Maapuong Cambihanon
Other awards were also given to some festival queens who deserve an honorable mention for excelling in significant portions of the competition:
- Miss Photogenic: Beverly Binghay of Tribu Pintaflores, San Carlos City
- Best in Opening Production Number: Jesselle Saniel of Talisay City
- Best in Solo Performance: Jane Darren Genobisa of Carcar City
- Best in Group Presentation: Sabrina Ruth Bogard of Banay Labangon
- Best Festival Costume: Jane Darren Genobisa of Carcar City
- Best in Instrumentation: Sabrina Ruth Bogard / Sonorous of Banay Labangon
The program was hosted by Miss Earth 2008 Karla Paula Henry joined by Jonathan Cimafranca and Vince Escarrio.
Best Festival Costume
The festival costume worn by Carcar City’s lead dancer was awarded Best Festival Costume during the coronation night of Sinulog Festival Queen 2020.
Jane Darren Genobisa, festival queen of the Carcar City contingent, wore a costume inspired by the miraculous patroness of Lapu-Lapu City – a petite image of the Blessed Virgin Mary carrying the Sto Nino in her arms. Taking inspiration from the statue’s vestments, the costume includes a tunic with a hoop skirt which is paired with a mantle, veil, and topped off with a crown. Finishing the look is a back piece accessorized with LED lights to simulate the aureole that encircles the Madonna’s face.
The costume was made by designer Aldo Loquinario of Argao, Cebu.
When asked to give a hint as to how heavy the costume was, Jane Darren said the backpiece alone weighed 25 kilos.
Days prior to the coronation night, the said costume got viral on social media and was praised by netizens for its creativity and visual impact.
“Just believe in yourself that you can,” Jane Darren responded when asked to give a message to the people who gave positive comments to her costume. “My designer didn’t think he could finish the costume last week and I played the role of ‘Birhen sa Regla,’” she added.
Aside from the Best Festival costume award, Genobisa also bagged the award for Best Solo Performance and finished second runner-up. – Rappler.com