santacruzan in oslo


While it is a common thing to hear Filipinos chattering in buses or finding that pancit canton you love in Asian stores in the city, it came as a surprise that a Santacruzan was staged in Oslo last Saturday. Santacruzan is a novena procession commemorating St. Helena and her son Constantine the Great’s mythical finding of the cross. This tradition was first introduced during the Spanish colonization. In modern Filipino times, Santacruzan is a religious beauty pageant held in cities, towns and small villages in the month of May. Young ladies are chosen to participate and represent religious figures (Mary Magdalene, Veronica) and queens. They are escorted by the town’s finest lads dressed in barong tagalog, the traditional formal garment worn by Filipino men. As this procession is also called the May Flower Festival, arks and floats bedecked in fragrant summer flowers are part of the Santacruzan.

But when you’re in Oslo, you also get two police officers on horses paving the way.


It reminded me of the days when I would escort for a lady-neighbor or be the Constantine to my cousin who was chosen to be the queen of all queens. And with enough digging, I found a photo of me and the lady-neighbor in one Santacruzan. Here’s me circa mid-90’s.

Guapo, no?


12 Responses to “santacruzan in oslo”

  1. 1 tricia June 4, 2008 at 12:29 am

    bwahaha……grabe!!!!!!! wala akong masabe sa pic mo friend! winner!

  2. 2 tricia June 4, 2008 at 12:31 am

    hmm…bakit parang hagard ang mga ichura ng mga girls?

  3. 3 tricia June 4, 2008 at 12:32 am

    friend….teka…iniisp ko kung sino ang kamukha mo that “That’s Entertainment”….

  4. 4 Reyville of Simply Manila June 4, 2008 at 3:33 am

    wow, i didn’t realize just as how many filipinos are in oslo. that’s a nice piece of work.

  5. 5 Karinna June 4, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Wow, I agree! I didn’t think there are that many Pinoys there.

    That is awesome though, I am not sure if we do that here in Toronto. I love your blog by the way, I put your link on my blog. I hope you don’t mind!


  6. 6 pepe June 4, 2008 at 8:38 am

    so virginal!

  7. 7 freshmess June 4, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    @ Tricia – sino kamukha ko?!? Si Billy Joe? Si Chuckie Dreyfuss? Hahaha! Oo nga haggard silang lahat. :D

    @ Reyville – you’ll find them everywhere here you’d be surprised. :)

    @ Karinna – thanks for the link! no prob at all with that. :) With the huge number of pinoys in Toronto, the community should organize such thing. :)

    @ pepe – and still is, hahaha! :D

  8. 8 Chase Ravndal June 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    You look soooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 10 nimbus0015 June 5, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Guess I learned something new then. Thanks.

  10. 11 nimbus0015 June 5, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Yay, naka-login pala ako sa WordPress accnt ko. HeHeHe. That’s a reply to your comment. – Reyville of Simply Manila

  11. 12 freshmess June 5, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    you’re welcome Reyville! :)

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