Flores de Mayo and Santa Cruzan
But the best part of the Flores de Mayo is procession of the Santa Cruzan - the final part of the festival in honour of Reyna Helena. It is more a parade than a religious procession. Instead of icons or images, beautiful young women with appropriate theatrical costumes, portray biblical and historical characters. Almost all sagalas, the persons in the parade, symbolize queens from the past! Each sagala is dressed beautiful and is looking as the 'real' Reyna (Queen)!
In our barrio, our nanay or ate who was with us during the celebration of Flores de Mayo will choose female kids to represent the queens of the past and others are angels that will carry the arc of the reynas (queens). I’m glad I’m one of the chosen to represent one of the historical characters or one of the queens.
I can still remember that during that time, I felt so beautiful with my long white lace gown and proud of my crown filled with fake crystals on my head. And during the last part of the program my sister gave me a long stemmed red rose’s bouquet, but roses without smell because it’s plastic (LOL) and I'm pleased of it. However, I really felt like a beautiful queen escorted by two angels.