Philippines is one of the most Christian-dominated countries around the world. Whenever April comes, Filipinos prepare for the celebration of the Holy Week which commemorates the scenes in the Bible from the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem until His death and resurrection.

Flores de Mayo is the whole dedication of the month of May to Jesus’ mother Mary. During the last week of this celebration comes the Santacruzan.

This honors the Reyna Helena and the Santacruzan pageant/procession depicts the finding of the True Cross by Helena of Constantinople and her newly-converted son, Constantine the Great.

Aside from its strong religious practice, they can witness the conviction and devotion of the people to continue these practices, not just in Manila but around the provinces too.

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