Apriel Smith, The lead dancer of Lumad Basakanon was crowned Sinulog Festival Queen 2012, besting 13 other lead dancers during the pageant night Friday at the Cebu City Sports Center.


Sinulog Festival Queen 2012

Apriel Smith, daughter of the late African-American basketball player Daryl Smith, was also adjudged best solo performer and best in festival costume.


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Designed by Danny Booc, the costume worn by the 16-year-old third year high school student of the Abellana National School also won the best festival costume design.

sinulog festival queen
Sinulog Festival Queen

Last year’s winner Steffi Rose Aberasturi, also from Lumad Basakanon, turned over the crown to Smith, who is not new to winning beauty contests, having won the Miss Milo Little Olympics contest in 2010.

Other winners in this year’s search were Nerissa Modesto of Tanuan, Leyte (first runner-up), Conchitina Cleofe Yu of Alang-Alang, Leyte (second runner-up), Shekina Rose Lasola of Dumaguete City (third runner-up) and Angel Lou Pates of Lanao del Norte (fourth runner-up).

The contest’s judges included Power Dance choreographer Douglas Nierras, Miss Earth 2008 Karla Paula Henry and Miss Cebu 2010 Mia Zeeba ali Faridoon. (PNA)

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