May is a considered as a very important Marian month in the Philippines. "Flores de Mayo" or Flowers of May is a feast of offering flowers to the Virgin Mary as a sign of devotion. This celebration lasts for the entire month of May. To culminate this devotion, another traditional activity called the Santacruzan is being held usually when the month is about to end, preferably on the 30th of May.
The Santacruzan (Spanish: Santa Cruz or Holy Cross) is a ritual pageant held on the last day of the Flores de Mayo. It acts out the finding of the True Cross (part of the cross where Jesus was crucified) by Helena of Constantinople (known as the Reyna Elena) and Constantine the Great, her son. This event is being commemorated by the Filipinos all over the world.
VMY Greece, composed of Filipino members living in the country, did not miss the chance to connect with their Christian and Filipino roots by celebrating the Santacruzan. Although this deeply religious event is becoming a vain pageantry showcasing the beauty and physical appearance of the participating young ladies, the group decided to celebrate the occasion last May 28 in the simplest and truest form with the objective of truly understanding the essence of the event.