Millenial-Millenial Santacruzan

Just saw the ‘grand’ Santacruzan parade in front of our house to close off the barangay fiesta.

So what’s it like watching Santacruzan in this generation?
I was meant to appreciate it as a spectator and admirer of cultural tradition, but it’s different now with what I call millenial-millenials (early twenty-ish youth in my vocabulary).

There was the parade of the traditional queens, from Reyna Banderada to Reyna Elena. One could tell the name the Reyna as it is written on the arch. You can also tell the difference between each parading queen because of the props they are carrying. For instance, Reyna Sentenciada (Queen Convicted) carries a rope, while Veronica wears a black dress and carries a hanky with ‘the face of Jesus’.

The ladies parading would have been picturesque, but in their practice as Catholics, is the pageant more important? The bragging rights? Also, it must be a solemn parade because that’s what they practice in their churches, right? Not at what I’ve seen though. The youth are making a lot of noise. Excited? Maybe. Even the sacristans are laughing. The only people I’ve seen respecting the tradition are the older people.

When I was younger and a practising Catholic, I used to see the religious tradition as a serious and solemn event. Today, times have really changed. Maybe it’s only here in the city, besides I’ve lived most of life in Manila.

If given a chance to watch it in the province, maybe I can see a different way of their youth showcase this tradition.

By the way, happy fiesta!

Read more about the Reynas from this link: Santacruzan

Marikit Estrella

Merry Christmas, mates!

Howdy, mates? Just wanna greet you all a Merry Christmas! What’s your Christmases like?

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an obligatory Christmas selfie

Well, I am very thankful to the Lord because everyone’s well in the family today. We are a little tired already for the preparations (dinner, gifts). We spent Noche Buena last night with a simple meal. Then, I shared with them my gifts which they had to search for throughout the house. It was quite easy, I’ve been telling all the clues. Glad they liked the presents. o∩_∩o

At Christmas day, we went to my Lola’s house. It’s a family tradition—we visit Lola, eat there and exchange gifts with the family. It’s also our get together. The whole family only gets this chance on special occasions It’s changed a lot ‘coz we are already grown ups. I only have two cousins who are kids, the rest of us are either working or in college. Anyway, however you guys spent your Christmases, I hope we never forget the reason for this season. Jesus was born to save us from sins. He is Christ. He is alive and coming back. We are victorious because of Him.

Cheerios! Happy holidays!

Oktober Praise 2014: United as One (Malabon Edition)

Are you ready to rock for the LORD?

Official Oktober Praise Malabon poster (Photo from United Youths of Malabon Facebook Page)

Another successful year had been celebrated at Malabon City last October 24, 2014. Dubbed as Oktober Praise 2014: United as One, musicians and young artists from different churches joined together to blow the house for a concert, all in the spirit of praise, worship and evangelism.

The whole concept of Oktober Praise began as early as 2006. This was a response to Oktoberfest, a global event wherein there is a festivity of rock music and overflowing booze. October, has been known as the feast of barley, the main ingredient in making beer. As early as 12 years old, youth around the world had been involved in drinking and partying. Continue reading