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.