Santacruzan is a pinnacle of a month-long festival Flores de Mayo
(Flowers of May) celebrated by the Philippine Catholics. Colorful
Santacruzan procession is held to commemorate the discovery of the Holy
Cross which, as believed, was made by Saint Helena and her son
Constantine who was to become the first Christian Roman Emperor.
Young girl and little boy wearing sumptuous outfits are the main
characters of the procession, which nevertheless includes numerous
others impersonating angels and archangels, twelve stars of the Virgin
Mary’s crown, abstract concepts (like seven virtues), just noble ladies
and gentleman (Damas y Caballeros) or even Angelic Salutation as eight
letters forming ‘Ave Maria’ carried by eight different girls, also
wearing glamorous gowns.
Most of the procession participants as well as many Solemn Mass
attenders are either children of teenagers. After the prolonged service,
all leave the church and walk around the town accompanied with a brass
band playing simple major tunes.