Filipinos Celebrate Santacruzan in the Holy Land

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13 May 2015, Tel Aviv, State of Israel – The Philippine Embassy in Israel led more than 200 members of the Filipino community in celebrating Flores de Mayo and Labor Day on 10 May 2015 at the Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

The Filipino community's version of Flores de Mayo, also known as "Santacruzan," gave Israelis a glimpse of one of the biggest and most colorful festivals held across the country during the entire month of May.

Guests and locals at the park were amazed as the "sagalas" and "consortes" dressed in Filipiniana attire paraded with the colorful floral arches representing various Filipino organizations in Israel. After the parade, the guests were also entertained with songs and performance of the "Tinikling" by members of the Filipino community.

The Philippine Embassy also took the opportunity to promote Philippine tourism by distributing It's More Fun in the Philippines brochure to Israeli watchers and explaining to them the background and history of the May festival.

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Left and right photos: Some members of the Filipino community and their children perform the Tinikling
and the traditional tribal dances in the Cordillera region.
 

As the event is well attended by the Filipino community, the newly-elected members of the Federation of Filipino Communities in Israel took their oath during the celebration. Ambassador Neal Imperial congratulated the new officers and encouraged them to perform their duties and responsibilities well and set an example to the rest of the Filipino community in Israel.

Plaques of appreciation and other special awards were given to recognize the efforts and creativity of the Filipino organizations participating in the festival. Winners of the competitions this year are the following: Association of Bicolanos in Israel (Best Floral Arch), Association of Igorot Migrant Workers in Israel (Best Group), Filipino Cultural Society in Israel (Best Slogan), United Filipino Foundation in Israel (Best Little Prince), Association of Igorot Migrant Workers in Israel (Best Little Princess), Batangas Raging Colligation (Best King), Association of Bicolanos in Israel (Best Queen).

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Left photo: Ambassador Imperial welcomes guests and members of the Filipino community during the Labor Day and
Flores de Mayo celebration. Right photo: The newly-elected officers of the Federation of Filipino Community
in Israel take their oath.

The Philippine Embassy also recognized the good work and contribution of Filipino workers around the world during the event.

The Labor Day theme this year is "Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Alay Natin sa Bayan." Ambassador Imperial read the Labor Day message of President Benigno S. Aquino III. Labor Attache Rodolfo Gabasan, on the other hand, read the message of Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz for the occasion.

Ambassador Imperial commended Filipino workers in Israel for their hard work and sacrifices for their families, as well as their contribution to the economy. He also took the opportunity to encourage them to continue with their good work and uphold traditional Filipino values values in order to succeed in their endeavors and promote a good image of the Philippines.--END--

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Ambassador Imperial and First Secretary and Consul Pamela F. Durian-Bailon
with the winners of Best King (Mr. Roland de Leon), Best Queen
(Ms. Maribel Cornejo), Best Little Prince (Master Tawatchai
Ragucos), and Best Little Princess (Ms. Eden Ingar).