Saturday 7th May, beginning 2.30pm at St John’s Notting Hill
Flores, from Spanish flores or “flowers,” also known as Flores de Mayo (flowers of May), Flores de Maria (flowers of Mary) or alay (offering), may refer to the whole Flower Festival celebrated in the month of May in honour of the Virgin Mary.
“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, it depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great.
Beauties young and old parade through the streets, dressed in gowns/floral as a gesture in honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary. This festival was introduced by the Spanish and has since become part of Filipino traditions identified with youth, love, and romance.
The Filipino Chaplaincy at St John’s Notting Hill will parade through Notting Hill dressed in vibrant colours, beginning at St John’s at 2.30pm.