Text and photos by JERVIS GONZALES
COLORFUL feathers and vibrant costumes toured around the provincial capitol in Santa Cruz, Laguna, March 2, 2019 as members of the LGBTQ community paraded along Pedro Guevarra Avenue and the Festival Grounds during the second day of the Anilag Festival.
The festivities, dubbed as “Mardi Gay and LGBTQ Parade,” is an annual event included in the Anilag Festival, which aims to highlight members of the LGBTQ community all over the province of Laguna. Over 50 participants joined the event.
Al James Albay of Santa Cruz came as the second runner-up followed by Noel Mirondo of Calamba. Marvin Abu of Alaminos was dubbed as the Mardi Gay Queen 2019. LGBTQ stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning” and seeks to encompass all gender identities.
Anilag Festival, derived from the words “ani” (harvest) and “Laguna,” is an annual festival celebrating the goods, commodities, and crops produced all over the province of Laguna. The week-long event running from March 2 to 9 features various activities and contests such as Ginoo and Binibining Laguna, Landscape Competition, Battle of the Bands, Foam Party, Body Building Competition, and Street Dance Competition. (Laguna Now)