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Coverage of Araneta Center Grand Santacruzan 2013

In the Filipino tradition for the festivities of May, the Santacruzan is one of the most colorful (and beautiful) heritage.  Araneta Center in collaboration with the parish church celebrated Flores de Mayo with this Grand Santacruzan.

Here is my coverage of the event:


PRESS RELEASE

 

ARANETA CENTER MARKS FIESTA MONTH WITH GRAND SANTACRUZAN

The winners of Binibining Pilipinas 2013 lead the line up of the much-awaited Araneta Center Grand Santacruzan that reels off on Saturday, May 18. Joining the queens are the candidates of the recently concluded Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

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 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 reels off at 4pm from the Gateway Park beside the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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


PHOTOS

Nicole Kim Donesa as Reyna Fe
Ria Rabajante as Reyna Banderada
Leona Paula Santicruz  as Samaritana
Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner Up 2012 Annalie Forbes as Reyna de las Estrellas
Bb. Pilipinas – Supranational 2012 Elaine Kay Moll as Reyna de los Angeles
Bb. Pililipinas Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan as Reyna de los Santos
Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner Up 2013 Pia Wurtzbach as  Rosa Mystica
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Cindy Miranda as Reyna de las Virgines
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul as Reyna del Cielo
Ms. Universe 1st Runner Up Janine Tugonon as Reyna Elena
1981 Bb. Pilipinas – International Peachy Sacasas as Reyna Emperatriz

 

Bb.Pilipinas 1st Runner Up 2013 Pia Wurtzbach as  Rosa Mystica
Human Rosary formation with Bb. Pilipinas 2012 & 2013 beauties
1981 Bb. Pilipinas – International Peachy Sacasas at the Human Rosary formation with Bb. Pilipinas 2012 & 2013 beauties

VIDEOS

Various Sagalas at the Araneta Center’s Grand Santacruzan

Annalie Forbes as Reyna de las Estrellas and  Elaine Kay Moll as Reyna de los Angeles

Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner Up 2013 Pia Wurtzbach as  Rosa Mystica


Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul as Reyna del Cielo

Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Cindy Miranda as Reyna de las Virgines

Bb. Pilipinas International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago –  Reyna de las Flores

Ms. Universe 1st Runner Up Janine Tugonon as Reyna Elena

1981 Bb. Pilipinas – International Peachy Sacasas as Reyna Emperatriz

Interview of Ms. Universe 1st Runner Up Janine Tugonon after the Santacruzan

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