Flores de Mayo has always been one of the most anticipated festivals in the Philippines, culminated with a night of grandeur called the Santacruzan every end of May to commemorate Queen Helena’s search for the Holy Cross.
Over time, the beloved occasion has evolved into a moving exhibit of Philippine artistry and craftsmanship, with the town belles parading in long gowns representing the many titles of the Blessed Mother and significant Biblical characters.
While the pandemic halted festival activities across the country, the event carried on, albeit virtually — Masses were celebrated online and in some instances (with only the sagalas present), processions in a controlled setting were held.
In an online Santacruzan organized by the Diocesan Shrine of the Holy Face of Jesus of Manoppello on Monday night, Rev. Fr. Richard Lagos explained the meaning behind these events — the Filipino Catholics’ undying faith in God.