CASEY Paculan of Barangay Pinyahan was crowned the Queen of Quezon City last Saturday during the coronation night of the Queen of QC Pageant at the University of the Philippines Theater.
Paculan topped 23 other candidate-representatives from Quezon City’s 142 barangays.
The Queen of Quezon City Pageant is a venue for members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community to empower themselves and stop discrimination.
“I am so thankful that we have this kind of pageant, this kind of competition for LGBT. It is a stepping stone towards equality. Pagbubutihin ko po ang pagiging Queen of Quezon City,” Paculan said.
The pageant winner received PhP300,000 as cash prize and will serve as Quezon City’s chief LGBT rights and welfare advocate.
Paculan promised she will use her title to spread her message of love to those who discriminate or are ignorant of LGBTs.
“I will pursue my advocacy about proper gender norms because most of the time we are being discriminated not because we are LGBT but because of how we act. I would like to educate the community on proper gender norms,” Paculan ended.
The newly-crowned Queen’s court include Lady Equality, Ghen Antolin of Barangay Sta. Monica; Lady Respect, Pams Diaz of Barangay Gulod; Lady Pride, Rami Hannash of Barangay Sta. Lucia who each received PhP100,000 as cash prize.
Aside from the pageant’s four major titles, several special awards were also given, namely: Best in Creative Costume, Ms. Friendship, Best in Talent, and Queen of Social won by Pamcee Diaz, Samantha Garcia, Naomi Monteros, and Luis Manalo, respectively.
Paculan won the Best Evening Gown, Most Photogenic, Darling of the Press, and Best Swimsuit categories.
Under the administration of Mayor Herbert Bautista, the city made major advances in creating a gender-fair and gender-sensitive environment when it passed Ordinance 2357-2016 or the ordinance providing for a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) with corresponding Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).