In the spotlight as the Sinulog Festival Queen 2024, Mariel Bogert takes center stage, representing Tribu Kang-laon from the beautiful Canlaon City in Negros Oriental.
Beyond her captivating presence as a cultural envoy, Mariel is a dedicated Nutrition and Dietetics student at the University of San Carlos, embodying not just beauty but also academic grit.
Expressing her heartfelt gratitude, Mariel acknowledges the unwavering support of her parents and manager, who played a pivotal role in encouraging her to participate in various pageant activities.
Their guidance has been instrumental in shaping her journey, blending academic excellence with the grace and poise required for the festival queen role.
Mariel's unique heritage adds another layer to her enchanting story. Her father, a blend of Dutch-German ancestry, and her Filipino mother contribute to the diverse tapestry that defines her identity.
This cultural fusion becomes proof to the richness and diversity celebrated during the Sinulog Festival.
At 18 years old, hailing from the historic town of Carcar, Mariel is not just a symbol of beauty and grace but also of the vibrant youth contributing to the cultural legacy of Cebu.
Her participation in the Sinulog Festival Queen competition becomes a bridge connecting the past, present, and future of Cebuano traditions.
In a warm invitation to her fellow Cebuanos, Mariel encourages everyone to start the Sinulog festivities with a heartful celebration at the Basilica with Sto. Niño.
Her call to honor the spiritual essence of the festival reflects her deep connection to the cultural roots that make Sinulog an extraordinary celebration for all. S