Beatrice Luigi Gomez fetes Sinulog Festival’s int’l award

Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez
Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez from Cebu Metropolis | ARMIN P. ADINA

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu’s Sinulog Festival was just lately named as one of many three prime festivals in Asia, and for 2021 Miss Universe High 5 finisher Beatrice Luigi Gomez, the popularity is predicted.

“Of course I’m very proud. I’m also a devotee of Señor Santo Niño of Cebu, and I’m not surprised at all that we’re in the top three,” the Cebuana magnificence advised the Inquirer on the sidelines of a current media occasion with 33 of the 50 delegates to the 2022 Miss Universe Philippines pageant held at Empire Studios on the Uptown Mall on the Bonifacio International Metropolis in Taguig Metropolis on March 24.

The Worldwide Occasions and Festivals Affiliation (IFEA) introduced on the identical day its number of the three prime festivals in Asia—Cebu’s Sinulog, the Pattaya Fireworks Festival in Thailand, and the Hansan Battle Festival of Tongyeong Metropolis in South Korea.

Gomez mentioned that earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals from all around the nation and even international guests joined Cebuanos in celebrating the pageant. “It’s part of our holiday season. We always look forward to Christmas Day, and then New Year’s Eve. But the celebration does not end there. We still look forward to the Sinulog Festival because it happens every third Sunday of January,” she mentioned.

The wonder queen confessed although that she continues to be has not taken half within the precise parade, the spotlight of the annual occasion.

“When we were in grade school and high school, we get to prepare and be part of the celebration. Unfortunately, I did not get to join because I play sports [for the school]. But for those who are devotees, who love to dance, they really give their all,” the sweetness queen mentioned.

However Gomez shared that she by no means misses the nine-day Novena on the Basilica del Santo Niño. “If you see pictures, it’s like the Feast of the Black Nazarene [in Manila]. It’s a very religious experience,” she mentioned.

The Filipino magnificence mentioned she is optimistic that with journey slowly opening up, Cebuanos like her will as soon as once more expertise Sinulog. “Hopefully everything gets better and we get to celebrate it once again,” she continued.

Gomez will relinquish her crown as Miss Universe Philippines on April 30, on the pageant’s finals which can be staged on the Mall of Asia Enviornment in Pasay Metropolis.

“I’m hoping to see a girl who is a fighter just like me, just like all of the previous queens, someone who will fight for the things that she believes in,” she advised the Inquirer. “I [am] fighting for the youth, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Hopefully the winner this year, she will represent a sector who hasn’t been well represented [yet],” she continued.




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