Festival Queen of Carcar City Urges Unity after Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Controversy

‘LET US MOVE FORWARD’: Festival Queen of Carcar City urges unity after Pasigarbo sa Sugbo controversy

By News Ph

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Jhesidy Thea Alberca, the Festival Queen of Carcar City’s Kabkaban Festival, has issued a statement calling for peace and harmony among the Cebuanos after the Provincial Government announced a new winner for the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2023 Festival Queen on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

Alberca, who was originally crowned as the Festival Queen during the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2023 held in Carcar City on Sunday, August 27, 2023¹, was stripped of her title after the Provincial Government discovered a discrepancy in the tabulation of scores². The new winner was declared as Mary Grace Bontuyan of Toledo City’s Hinulawan Festival², who placed second in the original results.

In her statement, Alberca said that she respects the decision of the Provincial Government and congratulated Bontuyan for her victory. She also thanked her supporters and the people of Carcar City for their love and encouragement.

“I accept the outcome of the investigation and I respect the authority of the Provincial Government. I congratulate Ms. Mary Grace Bontuyan for being the new Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2023 Festival Queen. She deserves it and I am happy for her,” Alberca said.

“I also want to thank my family, friends, supporters, and especially the people of Carcar City for their unwavering support and trust in me. You are the reason why I joined this competition and you are the reason why I am proud to be a Carcaranon,” she added.

Alberca also appealed to the Cebuanos to stop spreading hate and negativity online and instead focus on celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Cebu.

“Let us not allow this incident to divide us or tarnish the spirit of Pasigarbo sa Sugbo. This is a festival of festivals that showcases the beauty and diversity of our province. Let us move forward with love and respect for each other. We are all Cebuanos and we are all Filipinos,” she said.

Pasigarbo sa Sugbo is an annual event that features a dance and cultural presentation from the province’s 50 cities and municipalities. It is held in celebration of the founding anniversary of Cebu province³. This year, it was hosted by Carcar City for the first time¹.

Carcar City’s Kabkaban Festival also won the Best in Ritual Showdown and Best in Street Dancing categories in this year’s Pasigarbo sa Sugbo¹. The festival honors the city’s patron saint, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and showcases its rich heritage and history⁴.

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