29 years
of
Community Service
MUNTING NAYON
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
Fil-Oz celebrates its 21st Santacruzan with a difference


By Richard J Ford,
PRO and VP - Fil-Oz Liverpool and Districts Inc.
Liverpool-NSW-Australia
May 28, 2016

 
 


This year’s Santa Cruzan Flores de Mayo, its 21st, was held at All Saints Liverpool Catholic Church Hall on 21st May. This year the theme was “cultural diversity,” with the idea of moving forward but still looking back to learn from the past.

The new Board of Fil-Oz Liverpool with its President Cora Bojarski decided we needed to do something different in order to grow and mature; we all felt it was time to step out of our shell and embrace other cultures, as we are a truly multicultural society. As this is Fil-Oz’s first major function we received a very good response, in which we believe will be the start of more to come.

 “A Santacruzan is a religious-historical beauty pageant held in many cities, towns and even small villages throughout the Philippines during the month of May. One of the most colourful May-time festivals in the Philippines which depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. The Santacruzan is a symbol of the strong Catholic faith of the Filipino people. As a Flores de Mayo enthusiast I hope that in the future, the Filipinos in Australia will be able to bring back the sincerity, simplicity and solemnity of Flores de Mayo. It is about thanksgiving, remembering where we came from and giving honour, respect and importance to our culture and traditions.”

The little Angels, the Flower Girls, Queens and the Reyna Helena, who was Miss Rica Sey, the Miss Visayas 2015 and Miss Philippines Australia 2015, they all looked so beautiful in their white outfits, where the true Filipina beauty shone through. The procession through the church was solemn as the flower girls presented flowers to the Virgin Mary, with many gave thanks for her many blessings upon them.
The thanksgiving service was given by Father Nards Mercene, after which the procession proceeded to the Church Hall to partake of food, music and songs, to enjoy the pleasant day with family, friends and guests.

The VIP Guests were, the Mayor of Liverpool Ned Mannoun, Philippine Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis, Liverpool Member of Parliament Paul Lynch, Liverpool Catholic Club Duty Manager Phil Clark, People of Australia Ambassador Dr Cen Amores, who also inducted the new Board of Officers for 2016-17,  Pet Storey APCO Inc. President, who enjoyed the food, music by the Commancheros and Danny Garcia, with singing from the talents of Stephanie Bernardo,  and  Sharlene Gamo, and Katherine Tiatco, with dancing from the Fil-Oz Children’s Dance Group, also a special performance by Georgia Fenton and Ellelouise Hipolito.   

What was the difference in the event than previous past events? The idea that we can invite other beauty queens from other countries to our event to join together as one, united by our respect and concern for one another, our special guests were Monique Navratil who is Miss Face of the Globe Finalist 2016 and Miss Hope Australia 2016, with Samantha Mullins who is Miss Tourism Australia International 2015, 3rd Runner-up in the Beauty Pageant held in China 2015, and Miss Australia Finalist 2016.

The emcees for the event were the indomitable duo Jun Tekiko and Past President of Fil-Oz Cora Paras.


    MoreThe Inauguration of the Philippine Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation Central (ACI Central) 2
    Richard J. Ford

    The official inauguration of the Philippine Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation Central 2 by NARRA Co-operative Ltd and Plaza Filipino Inc. was...
    MoreFil-Oz Liverpool, VAA Inc. and APCO Inc. attend the 19th Children’s Festival of Sydney
    Richard J. Ford

     It was such a beautiful sunny day that echoed what will be a great event at Paul Keating Park, next...
    MoreThe Inauguration of the Philippine Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation Central (ACI Central) 2
    Richard J. Ford

    The official inauguration of the Philippine Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation Central 2 by NARRA Co-operative Ltd and Plaza Filipino Inc. was...
     
    MoreGANTI-GANTI LANG ANG BUHAY - (Part 4)
    Mga Gintong Kwento ni Rene Calalang

    IYO’Y gabing kahit ano man ang gawin ni Cipriano ay hindi niya maiwaksi sa kanyang isipan ang sinabi sa kanya ni Isabel. Hindi dahil sa pag-aaral nito kung hindi dahil nangangamba siya na baka mawala sa kanya si Isabel....
    MoreAPM SUCCESSFULLY STAGES BAGONG KAMPEON 2017
    Robin Magno

    Asosasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit (APM) recently successfully staged Bagong Kampeon 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    It was the 3rd season of the singing competition for OFWs (following Season 1 in 2015 and Season 2 in 2016) and featured 17 contenders from Riyadh and the Eastern region....
     
    MoreRCA Productions crowns its new Mr. & Ms. Millennial OFW 2017
    Marlon Baris Vicente

    RIYADH: In a personality contest produced by RCA Productions aims to find the next Millennial OFW Tourism Ambassadors, Jayson Saguindan,...
    MoreThe Inseparable Berghaus Girls of The Netherlands...
    Photos by Edna Njio-Mijares

    The Inseparable Berghaus Girls of The Netherlands, (bonding for the last 40 years since the Berghaus years of the late...
    MoreBabaylan, The Philippine Women’s Network in Europe celebrates her 25th year in Rotterdam-The Netherlands
    Adora M. Fischer

    (October 19-22, 2017-Rotterdam): Like all other organizations which have been working towards their goals for more than two decades now,...
    MoreMY VIGAN -  RETURNING TO ONE'S ROOTS
    Becky S. Torres

    For posterity and continuity, it is  an enriching and nostalgic visit to introduce our children to their ilokano roots, appreciating...
    MorePISTAHAN (Festivities) - 42nd Concert of Traditional Philippine Dances and Music is on December 1 and 2, 2017 at the Educational Cultural Complex Theater
    Dina B. Ellorin

    The SAMAHAN Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center, Inc. presents PISTAHAN (Festivities) - 42nd Concert of Traditional Philippine Dances...
     
    More`CON AMOR’ FOUNDATION B0ARD MEMBERS VISIT PROJECTS IN PHILIPPINES
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreTHE CHILDREN IN DON MANUEL GK VILLAGE
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...
    MoreHistory of the Filipino Community in the Netherlands
    Orquidia Flores-Valenzuela

    Every story has a beginning and our story begins when a Cavitena accompanied her aunt to sail to another continent....
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.

    Welcome!

    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
     
    Disclaimer

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.