In Marikina City, the gay community holds it annual Santacruzan, a commemoration of the mythical search of St. Helene, mother of Constantine the Great, for the Holy Cross. The religious underpinnings of the event was somehow integrated with the tropical summer and the lush flowers that bloom during the month of May. Flores de Mayo, or Flowers of May, has become synonymous with the Santacruzan.
Like all other Santacruzans all over the Philippines, the annual Gay Santacruzan in Marikina City is a cross between a beauty pageant and a religious procession. Organized by the local gay community, all the sagalas are gays.
The Reyna Banderada traditionally wears a gown depicting the Filipino flag.
This gay sagala was not camera shy. He obliged me with a smile and a wave of the hand.
One of the most unique gowns in the entire Santacruzan was made from banig, or the traditional Filipino sleeping mat. The ensemble came complete with a parasol.
This sagala‘s one-shoulder gown had a peek-a-boo that showed his mid-rib.
A blue gown with a plunging neckline that dipped to the waistline.
If his face looks too white, it wasn’t because I messed up with my camera’s settings. He was using the wrong shade of facial foundation.
The gown I liked most—a white full-skirted feathery gown.
This sagala in a black gown with silver trimmings was wearing too much eye make-up.
The size of that tiara will make the Queen of England envious. :lol:
The Reyna de las Flores‘ caroza had bursts of sampaguita. The Reyna de las Flores was the prettiest sagala that night. I had a photo of him and his escort—a photo that they posed for—but it was ruined with the multiple back-ups that my old laptop had undergone. Too bad.
The Reyna Elena in a fiery red gown posing under a canopy of red roses.
Finally, the Reyna Emperatriz walking under a canopy of white roses.
I missed last year’s Gay Santacruzan but I will definitely be there for the 2006 event. :)