What is Santacruzan And Flores De Mayo In The Philippines?

A festival held in the Philippines in the month of May. It is one of the May devotion dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the celebration is known as Flores de Mayo, Spanish Flowers of May. Some May called it Santaruzan, a religious-historical beauty pageant held in many cities, towns and barrio throughout the Philippines and last for the entire month.

The Santacruzan, Spanish Holy Cross is a ritual pageant held mostly on the last day of May. It honors the finding of the True cross by Helena of Constantinople (Reyna Elena) and Constantine the Great. A cross is used for a Santacruzan, while the image of The Virgin Mary is used in Flores de Mayo, that is the distinction of the two festival but some mixed the two festivals together in one celebration. Flores and Santacruzan.

It is customary for males participating in the Santacruzan to wear the traditional Barong Tagalog and that the females wear any Filipiniana-inspired dress.

There are 16 biblical figures and traditional personifications that represent almost every aspect of the society, and 21 Marian titles, each figure in this group alludes to a title of The Virgin Mary found in the “Litany of Loreto” or to a figure associated with her. Each letter of the Angelic salutation “AVE MARIA” is borne by an “Angel”, or a white dress and wings.

Most known Titles Are:

1. Reyna de las Flores (Queen of Flores) – The Queen of the Flores de Mayo.

2. Reyna Emperatriz (Queen Empress) – A representation of Saint Helena of Constantinople, also known as Queen Helena.

3. Reyna Elena (Queen Helena) – The last member of the procession, she represent Saint Helena herself, whose invention of the True Cross that symbolized crucifix she carried in her arms. The Reyna Elena is considerably prestigious role and usually awarded to the most beautiful girl or important matron in pageant. In some communities the women portraying the role Reyna Elena is closely guarded secret until the Santacruzan itself.

4. Constantino – The escort of Reyna Elena, representing her son Constantine the Great. This role is always played by a small boy.

A belief commonly held as to the origin of the two titles existing is the possibility of two women wanting to portray the most important role in the procession, thus creating the title “Reyna Emperatriz”.

Thank you for reading our short article about the Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo in the Philippines.


How To Maintain Your Colored Hair

People have been coloring their hair since ancient time.

Rubyanne says “Don’t just live a life of Black and White when there’s a spectrum of COLORS available for you. Don’t confide yourself, instead express urself and have some fun.

Heres the 6 tips for long lasting color and shine

1. After coloring, wait 72 hours before shampooing. It takes up to 3days for the cuticle layer to fully close, which trap the color molecule, allowing for longer lasting hair color.

2. Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner only. A sulfate-free shampoo won’t dry your hair out as much as a sulfate shampoo would, since sulfate-free shampoos and conditioner are so gentle, so there’s less likely to wash away your hair dye.

3. You can add dye to your conditioner. It’s a trick. If you mix dye with conditioner, you can lighten the color of the dye a bit. But this will only work with some types of dyes. Mixing hair dye with conditioner only makes fantasy colors end up softer.

4. Turn down water temperature when shampooing. Cold water should be use when rising out the conditioner in your hair at the end of wash day. This is because cold water closes the cuticle and pores in the scalp and also add luster and shine, which is due to the closed cuticle.

5. Wash your hair less often. Shampooing too often may lead to hair that’s less than lush.

6. Use shampoo 2-3 times a week. People who wants to take good care of their hair often thinks that washing it everyday with shampoo is good. Many shampoos contains compounds called sulfates, which produce a rich lather that removes oil from the hair. This can help the hair cleaner, but it can also cause damage.

7. You can use leave-in treatments to protect hair color when styling. Leave-in conditioners, sprays and creams are typically applied after you shampoo and condition, usually to towel-dried hair before styling. They can help provide extra moisture as well as de tangle strands, which can help make styling easier

Thank you for reading our short article. If you want to know more about taking care of your perm, Rebonded and colored treated hair you can read some of our article.

Minimalist Wedding Trend

Don’t get us Wrong. We love big, bold, beautiful and statement making wedding gowns and dresses, but there’s something to be said about minimalist wedding dresses that make a statement in a whole different way. With so many details and decor options, wedding planning can be stressful, so why not make it simple. Love by cool girls, minimalist has become a major wedding trend.

To tell you, “There is Beauty in Simplicity.” Some may think you need a loaded centerpiece and layers of linens for table settings, or over flowering floral chandeliers interspersed with string lightning, but there’s so much to be said for the minimal touch.

Here’s the 6 helpful tips to plan your minimalist wedding in one week.

1. If you are looking for something a bit more unique. Start by compiling a list of your favorite free or almost free locations. Think of your garage, beaches, rivers, parks, waterfalls, libraries, warehouses, museum, forested areas and pretty much anywhere else! Selecting a venue is undoubtedly one of the most stressful components of wedding planning, not mention that rental deposit will make a sizable dent in your wedding budget. Skip the stress when planning your minimalist wedding instead, focus your energy on selecting a location you and your partner would be honored to exchange vows in.

2. Instead of spending hours pouring over invitation designs, simply send out your wedding invitations online. The environmentally friendly, cost effective will allow you to provide real-time updates to our friends and families. The majority of our communication is carried out on digital platforms, so why are wedding invitations among the only items we print, sign, seal and deliver in 2019?

3. Instead of investing in things you will never use again to satisfy the wedding status quo, use natural, borrowed or refurbished items to create whimsical decorations for your wedding. There are so many DIY project to choose from, so it’s normal to tackle them all, and there are endless possibilities, if your passionate about crafts.

4. If you want to build a healthy budget. Avoid guest list bloat. Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts. With registries, gifts, wedding presents. The pressure is on for both guest and host when it comes to wedding gifts, often leading to a multitude of gifts neither part needed. This will alleviate pressure and rid both parties of social obligation associated with giving and receiving gifts. Instead, ask your guest to donate their time, skills, or useful possessions to make your wedding happen. You may surprised by the hidden talents your friends and families possess.

5. Work with small businesses and make sure your purchases were more than just simple. Buyers often need to have anywhere 5-10 times than to rent your wedding gowns and dresses. So plan ahead on what to purchase and rent on your wedding. When it comes to the honeymoon, for many couples planning is entirely dependent on what leftover cash can be squeeze from the wedding. Many couples even forfeit or postpone their honeymoon as a consequence of exceeding their wedding budget. In this case you can do it backwards when it comes to minimalist wedding. You can plan your dream honeymoon first and then use the leftover cash to plan your wedding.

6. Make your wedding an unplugged affair. Ruining the wedding photos isn’t the only reason that some couples are opting for an unplugged ceremony and asking their guest to refrain from taking pictures. They also want the guest to enjoy the day through their own eyes, when the bride walks down aisle she wants to see the smiling, joyful faces of friends and family, not rows and rows of smartphones and camera lenses. You can start by saying “The bride and groom requested that you turn off your mobile phones and put down all cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks and I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your heart without the distraction of technology”.

Thank you for reading our short article about minimalist wedding. If you have anything to add or any comments and suggestion about the topic you can comment down below.

Why you should be getting a Brazillian Keratin Treatment?

A Brazilian Keratin Treatment are both hair smoothing treatments that temporarily coat the outer layer of the hair to smooth the hair, remove frizz, enhance shine and decrease blow drying time. But while both treatments calm frizz and smooth strands, there is a difference when it come to intensity. A consultation at a salon with a good reputation and experienced stylist is the first and most important step to achieving the desired results.

Here’s the 7 reason why you should be

getting a Brazilian Keratin Treatments.

1. Keratin is the primary protein of the skin, hair and nails. So, adding it to your hair helps it return to a conditioned state. It makes your hair sleeker and gives you a variety of styling options.

2. It also protect curly hair. A keratin treatments for curly hair is ideal if you like to wear your hair straight often you want to protect your natural curls. You’ll find that your hair is stronger and doesn’t break as easily during styling. Even if you don’t want to straighten your hair, the keratin treatment can help to loosen your curls, which may make your hair easier to manage.

3. Brazilian Keratin treatments will actually improve the health of color treated and highlighted hair by conditioning the hair while sealing the cuticle for enhance color, reduced frizz and radiant shine. If you have straight hair this treatment is perfect for you.

4. Keratin can make your hair stronger. Applying keratin to the hair ensures that the bonds between the roots and follicles of your hair are open, then the roots are bonded to your hair again with proteins. This means that your hair will be more securely connected to your roots, which can keep your hair from falling out or being too lump. Your hair will stay healthier longer and you may even see that your hair is growing at a faster rate.

5. Keratin protects your hair, since your strands will be stronger after keratin applied. You’ll find that your hair is better able to withstand environment pollutants. Keratin gives your hair shine that will remain in harsh, windy or dry weather condition. If you live with lots of smog, keratin can keep your hair from becoming dull after exposure to these toxins.

6. Keratin reduces blow drying time. If your always on the go in the morning, keratin treatments could be beneficial, because they can cut down your blow drying time. Your hair will be soft and silky, even in the warmer months of the year.

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