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.


    MoreThis Christmas Celebration in NSW-Australia was a Surprise Christmas for 2017
    Richard J. Ford

    This year’s celebration held at All Saints Catholic Church hall held on 9th December, was a packed program that was...
    MoreQueen’s High Tea Party in NSW-Australia
    Richard J Ford

    Ms. Terry Spencer, a Global United International Ambassador and Action Member of the Cancer Council of NSW ‘Relay for Life’,...
    MoreAPCO attends Housing Co-op for the Elderly Information Seminar
    Richard J Ford

    On the 27th November 2017 at the Berala Community Centre, about APCO Board members attended the proposed Multicultural Elderly Housing...
     
    MoreA Filipino journalist wins Pulitzer Prize
    Willie Jose

    While browsing my Facebook on the afternoon of April 17, I chanced upon Manny Mogato’s surprising message “Praise you Jesus, thank you so much.  I woke up to great news. I found the Holy Grail.”
    Wow a Pulitzer “...
    MoreHistoric snowfall and freezing rain in mid-April mark upbeat Filipino Workers 2nd Conference in Toronto
    Edwin Cordero Mercurio

    Snow and freezing rain and over 550 road accidents in the Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) suburbs due to slippery road conditions did not deter 160 participants from attending the Filipino Workers Conference of 2018 this cold Saturday of April 14, 2018....
     
    MoreDevotees from all over Netherlands gathered to celebrate the 2018 Feast Of The Divine Mercy
    Angel Axinto

    The Divine Mercy of Jesus is a Catholic devotion associated with the repeated apparition of our Lord to Saint Faustina...
    MorePrince of Peace Seniors' St. Patrick Party in Ontario
    Dindo Orbeso

    The Prince of Peace Seniors gathered at Prince of Peace Church Hall, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The seniors and...
     
    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.