An 18-year old Jedidaiah Del Mar, who would prefer to stay out of the limelight and stay at home, was crowned as the Liloan 2013 Rosquillos Festival Queen during the jam-packed festival queen search held at the Panfil B. Frasco Complex-Kai gym last Tuesday (May 28).
Neither her nor the Del Mar family expected a victory for the second-year mass communication student of the University of San Jose-Recoletos. But sheproved that she is not only the fairest but also the best among the nine contingents in the search. She bested all other candidates with her grace and charm, fair and square.
“I never expected to win much less to be crowned as this year’s festival queen,” said Del Mar, who was chosen as the best solo performer and the best in opening production number, two of the crucial awards that gave her the win.
Del Mar of Tribu Lungsoranon (Barangay Poblacion) received a sash, bouquet and P10, 000 cash prize. She also took home P2, 000 for winning the minor awards. GT Cosmetics also gave additional P3, 000 to Del Mar for winning the festival search while Informatics Institute gifted her with a scholarship certificate.
Lilioan Municipal Mayor Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco appreciated the attendance and cooperation of its townspeople. He looked at the festival as a unifying factor among his constituents after the divisive political exercises last May 13.
His wife Attorney Cristina Garcia-Frasco, Vice Mayor Lucelito Pilapil, and Festival Executive Director Atty. Thelma Jordan, and the rest of the municipal councilors were present during the activity.
Rosquillos Festival was the Grand Prize Winner of the Pasigarbo Festival of Festivals of the Province of Cebu last year. The festival jingle was also chosen as the Best Festival Jingle in the annual competition. According to Jordan, the festival was already instituted as part of the town’s celebration in honor of their patron San Fernando Rey.
Contingents 1 and 6, Joecel Mae Cabana Layos and Jean Lorie Palang were the first and second runner-ups. They bagged P8, 000 and P7, 000 cash prizes, respectively. They also got scholarship certificates from Informatics Institute.
Tribu Yatianon’s Layos (Barangay Yati) also won an additional P3, 000 for the best in festival costume award while Miss Photogenic Awardee Palang (Tribu Dapdap, Barangay Catarman) received another P1, 000.
Third runner-up Contingent no. 4 Charish Cavan Tayong (Tribu Latabanon, Barangay Lataban) received P6, 000 and Contingent no. 9 Mary Grace Tariman (Tribu Tabla, Barangay Tabla), the fourth runner-up brought home P5, 000. Tayong also got P1, 000 for the winning the group production presentation award.
Mary Nestal Rayno of Tribu Vicentehanon, Barangay San Vicente won the Miss Friendship Award. She was given P1, 000 cash. All the contingents received gift packs from GT Cosmetics, a Cebu-based beauty care products manufacturer.
Mariell Tagalog of Tribu Mahugyawon, Barangay Cotcot, Rina Tundag Baritua of Tribu Latabanon, Barangay San Roque, and Kristina Kaye Wagas of Banay Jubayanon, Barangay Jubay completed the nine contingents for the this year’s Rosquillos Festival Queen search.
The contingents were judged according to: Total Look of Beauty of Face and Figure (30 points), Opening Production Number (20 points), Group Production Number (30 points), and Solo Performance (20 points).
Maria Lester Ybańez, co-chair of the Annual Sinulog Queen Search; Ricky Ballesteros, executive director of Sinulog Foundation, Inc; Tiffany Llene Llamada, Miss Cebu 2012 first runner-up and Miss Earth Philippines 2013 finalist; and Jamie Herrell, Sinulog Festival Queen 2013 and Reyna ng Aliwan 2013 composed the competition’s high profile group of judges.