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Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, June 14, 2007
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'Santacruzan in
Pueblo Rosario'

It was the day everyone in Eroreco had waited for. The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Chaplaincy of Pueblo Rosario (Eroreco Village) held the traditional festival to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to cap the 'Flores de Mayo' celebration. The summer afternoon sun saw the sagalas, pole bearers, Ave Maria holders and name bearers all clad in their glittering costumes as they participated in the much-awaited procession. The village streets were lined with people eager to have a glimpse of the young beauties in their fabulous gowns. Leading the line was Kate Chua, as Reina Banderada, carrying a yellow, triangular flag which represents the coming of Christianity.

Pretty Terese Alib followed as Reina Mora, representing the dominant religion before Christianity. Next was Christina Leduna as Reina Fe, carrying a cross symbolizing the virtue of faith. Jonika Antiquierra was Reina Esperanza, carrying an anchor symbolizing hope. Rounding up the three virtues was Barbie Pomperada as Reina Caridad carrying a heart symbolizing charity.

The children among the crowds lining the streets were enthralled with the young ladies in the procession as they eagerly identified them: "Reina Justicia (Irene Guilaran), Reina Judith (Lourdes Loyola), Reina Sheeba (Kara Leonardia) and many more. The crowd oohed and aahed at the cute little girls in their pretty white Sunday dresses. At the end of the procession was Kate Salem as Reina Elena and Brad Cuaycong as Constantine who marched with their pole bearers around the village streets.

After the procession, there was a program with Mayor Bing Leonardia as guest of honor and speaker. Couple Al and Bernadette Nisperos crowned the Virgin Mary while all the sagalas offered beautiful flowers. It was such a memorable occasion for all the participants and audience. Kudos to the organizers: Rev Fr Raymon Asoy (over-all chairperson) and his co-chairs Babes Sola and Marq Herrera, in coordination with the Pastoral Council and Finance Committee of the Chaplaincy.*

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