Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Flores de Mayo and Sta. Cruzan


What will i remember on the month of May? Since i was a child till adolescent age , month of May would mean Flores de Mayo. It would mean performing church activities from May 1 to May 31. I had regularly attended and would always won goodies and awards for being a good kid. Together with the daily catechism classes, there were lots of incentives, not mentioning the daily snacks ( ah, i would remember the "binignit" and the "chocolate rice"--- "champorado")... In other words, i had religiously attended because snacks were free and i would get "tickets" which i can exchange for goodies,candies, or treats at the end of May. Those were the childhood days...

When i am entering my early teens, i would regularly attend because i will meet my "crush". hehehehe. I am just joking... The main purpose of Flores de Mayo is actually honoring the Virgin Mary, offering prayers and flowers for her as she is the Mother of Christ. We usually recited the Holy Rosary and sang many, many songs for HER.

Ah, i had miss those days... how fast the time flies... those were the times when we will dance at the end of May. We'll get awards for being attentive, resourceful, etc... etc... There were lots of awards and really, many, many children would attend. Those were the days when only the people who can afford would have television sets. We only got a television after i graduated college and got a job, so, attending church activities were really regular and saying the Holy Rosary would always be everyday. (I wonder if teenagers and young children now would still regularly say the Holy Rosary or any prayers? Oh well, times are different and they probably are more abreast to American Idol or Pinoy Idol...).

And the Sta. Cruzan? Santacruzan is a religious-historical pageant held throughout the Philippines during the month of May which commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) and her son, the newly converted emperor, Constantine. Her mother, Reyna Emperatriz, is also portrayed while our Lady, Queen of the Flowers (Reyna de las Flores), takes an important role in the procession of characters. I hadn't been a Reyna Elena. I've guess they always chose the Most Beautiful One! So, since i was not, i am contented to become "buddy-buddy of Reyna Elena". I became a Reyna Emperatriz once.

Oh well, i am reliving those memories and since i am out of the country now, i am missing this event. I wonder how they celebrate it now? I wonder if still many kids go to this catechism classes? The last time i heared, there was even Sta.Cruzan procession for the gays???

I wonder what the church would say about that? Ah, i am missing the old days... i am missing those days...

3 comments:

Budget Traveller said...

now that you;ve mentioned binignit and champorado..nagutum tuloy ako and I'm craving for it na rin...huhuhuhu!! :)

JeFf & NoVa said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... we have the same ways of celebrating the month of May sis...

when i was a little kid my family and cousins even the whole clan were active and attentive into every religious activities here, got even become one of the angels in santa cruzan, masking sige nlng jud ko permi ug angel saon gamatoy man ko uy.. akong mga sisters lang ang puede maging reyna elena...pero makalingaw, daghan pud food and treats after sa mga praktis or gathering sa chruch,

when i get into my adolescence stage? na... kay gitamad, tapos magsige tulog, well maybe murag feeling nko nga i dont need it.. or totally ginatamad lang tingali,

i was schooling into a catholic and for girls schools mao tingaling murag na bungog ko sa mga religious activities sa skul palang.

and now? na wala na jud, pero magsimba permi og mag rosary permi pud.. devosyon namo na sa hauz eh... akong little bro nlng ang naga panabtan kay saon mu-envade naman akong kalag sa american puhon uy...

mao jud ba.. kanang mga kabayotan, i dont really discriminate any pero, does it worth it? diba you said nga its a celebration of mother mary...... ambot aning mga tawo diri,

thanks sa imohang pinakataas nga sugilanon sa akong gipost portia..

i really had so much fun reading sa imoang commento sa akong gi post for my fiancee...

yup, his already 37 na, the funny thing he told me kay iyang mga co-workers thought that his only in his mid 20s sa dihang he told them how old they are, he got a compliment ka everyone got shocked except sa iyang bosing ha, nga his already 37 kay baby face pa jud daw siya...

giganahan pud intawon si uroy...

bariles said...

You have such vivid recollections of these festive events. Thanks for these.

And yes, do drop by Bariles Republic from time to time.

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