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By  Linda Alvarez Barnes
Photos: Nards Purisima
Fairfield – NSW-Australia
May 25, 2017



In the year 313 the Roman Emperor Constantine had seen on the eve of a vital battle near Rome a fiery cross bearing the promise “In hoc signosvinces”  “With this sign you will conquer” and when the prophecy proved true, he had by decree ordained CHRISTIANITY to be the religion of the whole Roman Empire. One of the most fateful single acts ever performed by one man.  And in 325 he encouraged his mother Helena an extraordinary woman, to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to see if she could identify the places where Jesus had lived three centuries earlier.

PASSCI celebrated/recollected St. Helena’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land thru the Santacruzan.

In the procession we not only see St. Helena with the Cross and her entourage, but also includes biblical characters, symbols both from the OLD & NEW testaments. The prayer-song “ Dios Te Salve” (Hail Mary) was sang during the procession. And because Christianity reached the shores of the Philippines the Island Queens will be represented.

The Following were the participants & the roles they played:

Reyna Banderada – Caring Grapilon ; Reyna Luzon Lala Pimentel : ReynaVisayas – Elsa Essik ; Reyna Mindanao – Perla Pimentel & Reyna Sabah- Lucy Quinon.

Queen of Faith- Marieta Tiglao ; Queen of Hope- Ludy Acusa ; Queen of Charity- Cres Olechnik ; Queen of Peace- Dina Watts;
Our Lady of Fatima – Emma Frydmann
OLD Testament – Queen Ester- Mimi Masmela consorte Graeme
                              Queen Judith- Edith Chung
                              Queen Sheba – Mimi Wilson
NEW Testament – Samaritan Woman in the well – Elen Limun
                               Veronica – Marta Lavado
                               Mary Magdalene – Maria Siva
                               Maria Dolorosa – Francisca Macalma
                               Holy Shroud – Remy Seminara

Rosa Mystica – Lucy Ortiz & Mar Pasco
Reyna de los Flores – Brenda Delasala & Romy Monje
Reyna Elena V – APCO Pres – Pet Storey
Reyna Elena IV- PASSoC VP & Pres. Prima West & Ding Vergara
Reyna Elena III – Ester & Rolly Icasiano
Reyna Elena II –Jesusa Agcaoili  & Lito de Laroya
Reyna Elena I – Nenita Coloma & Jose Relunia Jr. as Emperor Constantine
Memita & Milo Anonuevo as Hermana & Hermano Mayor - Food Donor
Music – piano organ by Linda Alvarez Barnes

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