Monday, May 20, 2013

Araneta Center Marks Fiesta Month With Grand Santacruzan

Wazzup Pilipinas!

I was invited to witness the much-awaited Araneta Center Grand Santacruzan that reeled off last Saturday, May 18 at Araneta Center,  Cubao Quezon City. 

The Santacruzan is an iconic Filipino tradition that commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Reyna Elena and her son, Emperor Constantine. The festive mode of thanksgiving of finding the Holy Cross in Jerusalem is replicated many times over in several parts of the country during the fiesta month of May. However, none compares to the pageantry and the overload of beautiful Binibinis of the Araneta Center Grand Santacruzan. The event has become a staple in the celebration of Flores de Mayo in the metropolis.

The winners of Binibining Pilipinas 2013 led the line up and was joined by some of the other candidates of the recently concluded Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

The joyful celebration is made more spectacular because of the ladies that are clad in gowns designed by leading Filipino couturiers. This year is even more special as the country’s premier beauty pageant celebrates its golden year. Some of the exquisite creations of these designers were worn by the Binibinis during the National Costume Competition of the Binibining Pilipinas Gold. Miss Universe 2012 1st runner up Janine Tugonon adds star value to the proceedings as this year’s Reyna Elena. 1981 Binibining Pilipinas International Peachy Sacasas-Veneracion is the Emperatriz.  

A new highlight of this year’s Grand Santacruzan at the Araneta Center will be the “living rosary” that will be participated in by the Binibinis and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish’s pamayanan sagalas. This will serve as a fitting culmination to this majestic cultural activity featuring the fairest maidens of the land in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Children and members of the media were among that enjoyed balloons and treats from Krispy Kreme.

The Grand Santacruzan at the Araneta Center started at around 4pm from the Gateway Park beside the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

Here is the complete list of Binibini sagalas for the Araneta Center Grand Santacruzan:

Ria Rabajante                         Reyna Banderada
Ma. Bencelle Bianzon              Reyna Mora
Zandra Flores                          Reyna Esther
Nicole Kim Donesa                  Reyna Fe
Maria Sofia Mustonen             Reyna Esperanza
Abbygale Monderin                Reyna Caridad
Ivy Gonzales                           Reyna Abogada
Katherine Enriquez                  Reyna Sentenciada
Anna Carmela Aquino             Reyna Justicia
Paula Bernasor                        Ruth
Mary Rose Pujanes                  Naomi
Hannah Ruth Sison                   Infanta Judith
Lourenz Remetillo                    Reyna Sheba
Leona Paula Santicruz             Samaritana
Cassandra Naidas                  Veronica
Anna Fernandina Buquid         Mary of Magdala
Mercegrace Raquel                 Mary, Mother of Christ
Pauline Quintas                        Mary, Mother of James
Ma. Theresa Gorgonio            Corazon de Maria
Cindy Abundabar                   Seat of Wisdom
KC Cajandig                           Key of Heaven
Alaine Baccay                         Reyna Luna
Jacqueline Mayoralgo            Divina Pastora
Herlie Kim Artugue                  Reyna de los Martires
Camille Carla Nazar               Reyna del Santisimo Rosario
Ellore Noelle Punzalan             Reyna de los Confesores
Merry Joyce Respicio               Reyna de los Patriarcas
Grace Yann Apuad                 Reyna Candelaria
Rhea Nakpil                            Reyna de los Profetas
Imelda Schweighart                Reyna de la Paz
Annalie Forbes                        Reyna de las Estrellas
Elaine Kay Moll                       Reyna de los Angeles
Katrina Dimaranan                 Reyna de los Santos
Pia Wurtzbach                       Rosa Mystica
Mutya Datul                            Reyna del Cielo
Cindy Miranda                        Reyna de las Virgines
Bea Rose Santiago                  Reyna de las Flores
Janine Tugonon                        Reyna Elena
Peachy Sacasas                       Reyna Emperatriz            

*Credits to some photos courtesy of Jeremy Decamora

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  2. Nyro Joseph MagsinoJune 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    The Santacruzan in our country is one of the most festive tradition which us Filipinos celebrate to rejoice the finding of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.
    For me it is nice to have this tradition allover the country for us to be educated about our culture.The Santacruzan at the Araneta is one of the most beautiful one because it informs many people about our own tradition.They also had their Living Rosary which added to the value of the Santacruzan.


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