Monday, June 1, 2009

Santacruzan

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Santacruzan is a religious procession that is practiced here in Butuan. Unfortunately, I haven't seen this procession personally. There was a conflict of schedule last Friday.

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According to one website, Santacruzan "...is (was) a novena procession commemorating St. Helena's mythical finding of the cross. St. Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great.

The Santacruzan is a procession that differs from most other religious processions in that it does not parade images of patron saints. Instead, biblical and historical characters are represented by the local people dressed in appropriate costumes."

In Butuan the candidates of the Mutya Hong Butuan (Butuan Beauty Pageant) are the ones taking up the role of these historical characters. Maria Eleina is the most prestigious role that only the Mutya of Butuan is selected to play.

Photos by Djai Flores.


edited. June 2, 2009.

7 comments:

Kayni said...

same here, i have yet to see a santacruzan. the reina elena looks pretty.

the donG said...

now i thought santacruzan is only being celebrated in luzon.

nice!

Vogon Poet said...

This is so different from our processions and, surely, better looking.

Hilda said...

I haven't seen a Santacruzan in decades! Please thank your friend Djai for us!

McLovin said...

I have shots of the event as well, but I was at a second floor building holding a zoom lens =P

Layrayski said...

hi guys, thanks for the comments! yeah I told djai what you said, Hilda =) mclovin,' if you have photos you'd like me to post just let me know =) thanks.

Digital Dreamspace said...

Wow she's beautiful...

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