May 30th, 2005

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Santa Krusan 2005

Santa Krusan signToday I attended the 2005 Santa Krusan festival, which is a Filipino/Catholic celebration that's held every May, as I understand it.

Taking from here:
http://www.philtravelcenter.com/philippines/travelinfo/rizal-festivals.html

" This evening parade is usually graced by the town's crop of beauties portraying the Marian Litany of Titles and assorted biblical characters, dressed in the fairytale clothes and escorted by good-looking bachelors. Under flower-decked arches held by aides, they walk down the towns thoroughfares like kings and queens of yore."

Good enough for me!

Our Lady of PompeiiThere was a mass held at Our Lady of Pompeii, on the corner of Carmine and Bleecker Street, at 2:45. When that finished - around 4:15, if I remember correctly - the participants exited the church and assembled on the sidewalk. They had a procession through the streets and then finally ended up back at the church, where they served food and presented the (kids) that walked in the procession, and then finally had a dance.

There was even an open Craigslist invite here:
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/stp/75243227.html (will disappear in a few days, so I'm archiving it here...)
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162834I arrived at around 2:45 or 3, and met Joanna for lunch. We ate at "No. 26", which was (shockingly) at 26 Carmine Street. After we ate, I went in the church and took some pics, and then we walked with (around, through, next to, in front of, behind) the procession, taking photos and waving hi. Joanna's son and mother were both in the procession. After that we went down into the church, and thanks to Joanna's mom being, y'know, an Asian mom, we ended up with full plates of food and drink and so ended up staying for a while.

170117The entire ceremony was really nice. We didn't attend the mass, but we were there for the rest of it, and I have to say I enjoyed it. The kids were really cute, especially the little angels wandering around, and of course the teens leading the procession were all very handsome and pretty and did a great job. The front of the line was led by a group of women, including J's mom, and they were dancing to the music and leading the procession. Everyone (even most of the kids) seemed to have a good time, there were lots of smiles and laughter and general happiness all around. They were really enthusiastic and happy and a little silly, and that's always nice to see.

I'll freely admit to not really knowing a lot of the background behind it, or what the names of the foods we were served were, but I still had a good time. It's always cool to be exposed to new things - and c'mon, there's no better place on earth than NYC for that sort of thing. Love this city. :)

Photos posted to Flickr... here's the set, with many more pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ntang/sets/392123/
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