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PIA Press Release
2010/06/01

Tagum holds 2nd annual Flores de Tagumeņos

Davao City (1 June) -- "Upon the impact of technology and modern gadgets nowadays, summer vacation is mostly consumed in front of computers and within the four-corners of air-conditioned room. Young people today likely gained experiences and win friends through virtual world on the Internet and on-line-games."

A wide awake of its big role in promoting cultural heritage and tradition, the City Government of Tagum led by the undisputed City Mayor of Tagum Hon. Rey T. Uy through the City of Tagum Tourism Council chaired by full of life Madam Alma Uy in partnership with Tagum's Parishes in the Diocese under the watch of Her Excellency Bishop Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, DD, STD, the religious tradition of celebrating Santacruzan has been revived to instill values and religious awareness among Tagumeņos.

This year's Santacruzan's - 2nd Year of Flores de Tagumeņos celebration shows grander and more elaborate than ever, featured the best of Philippine fiestas in a spectacular in honor of Mama Mary last May 29, 2010, Saturday afternoon starting a High Holy Mass to consecrate the occasion to the Virgin Mary and followed by Giving of flowers to Mama Mary then the Blessing of the Sagalas and their traditional implements made before the Santacruzan Grand Procession starts conducted at Parish of Christ the Eucharistic King officiated by His Eminence Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, DD, STD - Bishop of the Diocese of Tagum.

The Bishop expressed his joy as he saw the harmony among the faithful as Santacruzan cheer up the spirit of Catholism by giving honor to Mother Mary, he said during his homily.

In favor of its people's formative development, the unity among the church and state is very evident in the celebration of Flores de Mayo on May 29, 2010 at the open field of Rotary Park, Tagum City, Philippines. As Madam Alma Uy says (Tagum Tourism Council chaired), "we are not only concern of our infrastructure development, but also of our people's consciousness geared towards faith, morality and cultural tradition".

The grand Santacruzan in City of Tagum saw the convergence of the Best Fashion Designers in Davao City and Tagum City with twenty six (26) Sagalas representing the different virtues reflecting the character of Blessed Virgin Mary.

To mentioned the Fashion Designers to wit; from Davao City - Kasuotan, Style Altamoda, Chardin Fashion House, Knots Forever, BARO, Ezzeya Fashion House, Renaissance Haute Couture, Hasegawa Unlimited Fashion House, Don's Creations, Dionesio in Style, Raquel's Apparel Shop, Harold Cabrera Fashion, Forever Yours La Bamba fashion de Atelier and Garimon Roferos Haute Couture and from City of Tagum - Professionalle Fashion Design, Beauty and Wedding Concepts and Red Carpet Fashion Couture.

Including also the twenty six (26) Salagas in there beautiful and colorful costumes are - Emerald Uy, Tangerine Dream Suarez, Maritess Ricardo, Kristina Camille Grandea, Divi Anne Alcontin, Sweet Lani Grace Libres, Lutchie Orang, Stela Marie Mendiano, Maria Niņa Canda, Johanna angel Quinio, Fean Briz, Minette Lindz Maloles, Yvonnie Lauganas, Rae Jezrel Bajado, Emelie Cadenas, Katreena Galang, Kimberly Gaje, Zerene Villanueva, Mary Gay Pono, Princess Avanne Petallana, Katherine Arboso, Febbie Amor Silvallana, Queen Kristelle Albano, Charllot Garbo, Kristina Mari Raymundo and Maria Lilibeth Millan, all of the Sagalas are coming from the twenty three (23) Barangay in Tagum City who represents the "Gagmay'ng Kristohanong Katilingban" (GKK), which means the Small Christian Community.

A little quick look about Santacruzan. A Santacruzan is a religious-historical beauty pageant held in many cities, towns and even small villages throughout the Philippines during the month of May. One of the most colorful May-time festivals in the Philippines which depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Many movie and television personalities participate in the events and are featured as major sagalas and escorts.

Flores, from Spanish flores or "flowers," also known as Flores de Mayo (flowers of May), Flores de Maria (flowers of Mary) or alay (offering), may refer to the whole Flower Festival celebrated in the month of May in honor of the Virgin Mary.

Ended, it was truly a memorable event for the participants, the spectators, and most of all to our Blessed Virgin Mary's Marian Garden for having had the opportunity to pay tribute to our Blessed Mother.

"We have learned, experienced and will forever treasure the celebration, and the opportunity to hand down to our younger generation our rich cultural/religious celebration that our ancestors have passed on through the years," said Tagum officials. (Edwin of CIO Tagum) [top]

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