Santacruzan also known as Sagala is a religious beauty pageant held in most cities and communities throughout the Philippines. This event serves as the highlight of celebrations during the Month of May. This custom were introduced by the Spaniards during the 18th century as a thanksgiving after the month long celebration of Flores de Mayo.
The celebration also commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) which was found in Jerusalem. May is also a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary known as Flores de Maria (Flowers of Mary) and later called Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May).
During the event, biblical characters are personified adding excitement and colors to the joyful celebration.
Santacruzan under the communities covered by the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our small community of Sitio Sampaguita, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Antipolo City under the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary also share the religious festivity this month of May. A simple and peaceful yet joyful celebration. The crowd along the road who witnessed the beauties and the harmony of the procession were also happier.
The procession started at Sitio Sampaguita through the Taktak Road and Daang Bakal Road and ended at the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.