MANILA — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reminds organizers of festivities this May to keep the religious roots of Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo by not turning them into beauty pageants and fashion shows.
“Let’s keep the holiness, sacredness and dignity of the celebration…. It’s all about how we … give reverence to the Virgin Mary, so let’s not turn it into a form of entertainment or merrymaking,” said Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs.
This is following previous celebrations that have become star-studded and filled with movie stars, celebrities and gay entertainers parading in their designer gowns.
Secillano also reminded everyone to keep the festivities sacred during an interview over the Church-run Radio Veritas.
Santacruzan is held in honor of Queen Helena of Constantinople (“Reyna Elena”) and her newly converted son, Emperor Constantine the Great (“Constantino”), who was said to have found the True Cross in Jerusalem, while Flores de Mayo is held in honor of the Blessed Mother.
“Make the processions simple so [hey do not lose] their real essence, which is to give respect and praise to the Blessed Mother,” the CBCP official said. “It doesn’t matter if the decorations are grand or if there are many flowers. What’s important is to get the people involved in prayer and to encourage them to have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother,” he added.