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April 27, 2007

Photo Hunt 55: Rare




I was intending to post a photo of jeepney, a type of transportation in the Philippines or a sari-sari store but I didn't have original pictures. These are two things that are unique to the Philippines. Jeepney originally came from the US Military jeeps leftover during world war II, hence the name jeepney. On the other hand, sari-sari store (sari-sari means "various kinds") is the local version of the convinience store in urban and rural areas in the Philippines. More info from links above.


So for this week's photo hunt, I have here my picture (sorry it wasn't very clear) during my teen years (1996) as Reyna Elena (Queen Helena) in a Santa Cruzan. The Santacruzan is a novena procession commemorating St. Helena's mythical finding of the cross (as symbolized by the small cross I am holding). I consider this festivity as rare because t0 my knowledge, only Filipinos are celebrating it. Aside from being chosen as the Reyna Elena, this particular Santa Cruzan is memorable to me because I was escorted by Illac Diaz (the nephew of 1969 Miss Universe - Gloria Diaz), a popular commercial model/actor in the Philippines during that time.




*Last Update: May 8, 2007 - picture changed with a better quality.

7 comments:

A. said...

You look beautiful in that picture! And yes, it certainly is rare - I ahve never heard of a Santa Cruzan. Thank you for telling us about it.

jennyr said...

you looks so pretty! i remember santa cruzan when i was a kid, i was the reyna elena at 11 just in our subdivision,lol! gosh i so miss the Phils. i bet u do too!

Dragonheart said...

You look beautiful! (Even blurry, you are still beautiful!) Definitely a rare celebration - thank you for sharing it with us!

srp said...

This is a rare photo and you look lovely. It almost reminds me of a wedding procession. I love to learn of all the different traditions.

Bengbeng said...

you look lovely in the pic...i never knew about this celebration.thanks for sharing

Jennifer said...

I agree - you look beautiful. What an awesome memory. Great picture!

meeyauw said...

You are so beautiful! That dress is stunning!