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Considered the Queen of Festivals, Flores de Mayo or Stacruzan, is celebrated during the happy, carefree month of May when rain starts to neutralize the dry spell of summer. Here, Mother Mary is praised for her intercessory mercy.
The tradition is more than a century old as introduced by the Spaniards and is carried on, even in other European and American communities as hosted and initiated by Filipino-American families.
Pretty maidens who act as Reyna Elenas are chosen not only for their beauty, but as embodiment of feminine qualities, as well.
Locally, Flores de Mayo is celebrated in community chapels and churches where folks assemble to pray the rosary, offer flowers and partake in foodie preps and hold fund activities, to highlight the annual tradition. Activities, though, are varied from place to place as organizers deem practicable.
On 24th May 2014, SM City Cebu dazzled once again, as it commemorated this traditional procession, turning heads as it spinned around the ground floor Mall, wrapping its pageantry at the Northwing Atrium.
Here, Cebu’s top designers display their bragging rights and dress their models who represent the different Reynas being honoured :
It was a beautiful, fleeting scenery — as fast I prayed my special intentions when the image of Blessed Mother Mary passed by.
About the same time next year, I look forward to seeing more regal reynas! Join me, then !