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By Sister Mary Moylan SSC
Sister Mary Moylan, who worked before in the
One of the most colorful May processions in the
Today’s Santacruzan procession continues to include Helena, as Santa Elena, and the boy Emperor Constantine, combining the memory of that pilgrimage with the Flores de Mayo, the Philippine devotion honoring Our Lady with floral offerings. She has a special place in Filipino hearts.
The zagalas, beautiful young ladies in magnificent dresses, walk in procession under arches of flowers, accompanied by their escorts dressed in the traditional Barong Tagalog. At the end of the procession, with music and prayer, each zagala offers her garland of flowers to Our Lady.