The (Beauty) Queen and the Cross

Santacruzan
A girl playing the role of Queen Helena in a Santacruzan parade for people with disabilities

Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) is a month long Catholic festival held in the Philippines in honour of the Virgin Mary, unsurprisingly during the month of May. It culminates in colourful processions called Santacruzan that are held all over the country, from the smallest villages to the largest shopping malls – processions that display an intriguing mix of the traditional, the religious and the modern, particularly in the way they incorporate a figure that has been a vital part in Philippine national identity – the beauty queen. Continue reading “The (Beauty) Queen and the Cross”