Ms Tacloban ’09 aspirants & the Grand Santacruzan
The month of May brings a smile to every Filipino child allowed by his parents to participate in the nightly Santacruzan procession held around the community block.
I am still not sure whether it’s the chance to play with a lighted candle or the spartan snacks distributed after the procession which makes it a fun activity for children.
Whatever it is, kids get the extra time and the chance to be out of the house to play some more with other playmates way past the usual “curfew” time.
The nightly Flores de Mayo Santacruzan – an old, religious festivity – culminates every May 30 with the holding of the Grand Santacruzan Festival.
This is a grand procession held around the city’s major thoroughfares with the participation of several competing Santacruzan contingents, complete with the Reyna Elenas (queens), sagalas, arches with beautiful lights, lanterns and floats.
We went to Rizal Park last Saturday, May 30 for the Tacloban Grand Santacruzan 2009 and took some shots.
A pleasant surprise in this year’s procession was a preview and participation of the candidates in the Search for Ms. Tacloban 2009.
Rose Jane A. Tiunayan Noemi Claire V. Lee (left) & Santaniña N. Dagami
Kathrena L. Demillo Rachelle Erica C. Piñeda
Angelica Joy P. Verunque Niña Sherra A. Tagalog
Ruselle B. Reyes
Beverly P. Abarracoso and Kathrena L. Demillo
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