Makati City, Philippines – It will be a star-studded Santacruzan as beauty queens and showbiz personalities lead the annual Maytime festival of Barangay San Lorenzo on May 27 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center, Makati City.
Bb. Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold, Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2022 Chelsea Fernandez and Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2022 Gabby Basiano will add pomp and grandeur to Makati’s most-awaited Santacruzan.
Kapamilya actor, model and singer Joseph Marco will be escorting Hannah Arnold (Reyna Emperatriz), while Kapuso actor Derrick Monasterio will be escorting Chelsea Fernandez (Reyna De Los Flores).
Aside from the three major titles, 27 pairs of the loveliest and best-looking male and female representatives from Barangay San Lorenzo and nearby communities who were selected by a technical committee headed by Kagawad Marlene Po and the San Lorenzo Ladies Circle, headed by Fely Vergara.
Sagala participants will wear the creations of noted designers, including Ramon Esteban, Gener Gozum, Glenn Lopez, Antonio Garcia Jr., Stephen de Leon, Ronaldo Arnaldo, Sophia Theres Manimbo, Angelito Perez, Perfecto Diaz, Jose Antonio Martinez, Roseller Morabe, Gerardo Sunga, Albert Fontanilla, Philip Torres, Nicky Jay Martinez, Cora de Jesus Manimbo Fashion House, Rolando Lirio, and Rodolfo Nazareth Ching, with the special participation of Oskar Peralta.
Santacruzan highlights include the presentation of the Sagalas and escorts and awarding three special prizes—Best in Filipiniana Santacruzan ensemble, Best Themed Filipiniana Santacruzan, and Best Sagala and Escort.
The panel of judges is composed of actress and former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz, Makati City councilor Ichi Yabut, fashion guru and Natasha Goulborn Foundation founder Jean Goulborn, award-winning interior designer Ivy Almario, and entrepreneur-founder of Taters Enterprise Inc. Annie Tanchanco.
The parade will start at 5:00 pm at the Barangay San Lorenzo covered court, and will pass through Makati Avenue, Parkway Drive, West Street, Palm Drive and end at Glorietta 2 for the 7:00 pm show.
The festivities will be followed by the Himig Pinoy concert, featuring the popular ‘90s OPM band, Neocolours.
The Santacruzan is a major event of Salu-Salo Sa Sanlo 2023, an annual summer tradition of Barangay San Lorenzo conceptualized by Punong Barangay Ernie Moya.
“We are very happy to bring back this tradition after having been abruptly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our constituents always look forward to being part of these thematic events to showcase their creative flair and forge stronger bonds among our fellow residents,” says the outgoing barangay chair.
Aside from the Salu-Salo sa Sanlo 2023, Moya has also lined up several projects, such as the Kapihan with Kap online community forum and the Kasambahay Night set in June.