Talisay City beaut crowned Sinulog Festival Queen 2023

TALISAY City representative Kiara Liane Wellington claimed this year's Miss Sinulog Festival Queen 2023 title during the coronation night at the Cebu City Sports Center on Friday, January 13, 2023.

In an interview right after the coronation, Wellington said she felt "so emotional."

"I just never thought [I would win]. I worked so hard for this and I can't believe I'm Miss Sinulog 2023," she said.

On January 9, Wellington was awarded the “Best in Runway, AweSM Sinulog Festival Queen 2023, and Miss Listo Ganado” at SM Seaside Cebu.

During the Festival Queen Runway Competition and Parade of Costumes, Wellington said that for the coronation night, she would “work hard, pray to Sto. Niño, and practice with my costume ‘cause it’s really heavy.”

Everything that she prayed for to the Sto. Niño came true on coronation day.

“Pray to him. Pray to Sto. Niño and he will make your dreams come true,” she said.

Wellington also garnered 12 corporate awards and two of the five special awards given.

The rest of the Sinulog Festival Queen 2023 winners are as follows:

1st Runner-up - Carcar City

2nd Runner-up - Toledo City

3rd Runner-up - Lapu-Lapu City

4th Runner-up – Inayawan

(Eiver Ky Villegas, USJR intern)