-The Santa Cruzan was a novena procession commemorating St. Helena's mythical finding of the cross. St. Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great. According to legends, 300 years after the death of Christ, at the age of 75, she went to Calvary to conduct a search for the Cross. After some archeological diggings at the site of the Crucifixion, she unearthed three crosses. She tested each one by making a sick servant lie on all three. The cross where the servant recovered was identified as Christ's. St. Helena's feast day falls on August 8 but the anniversary of the finding of the Cross is on May 3, in the Philippines, this celebration took the form of the Mexican Santa Cruz de Mayo. -Differ from other Santa Cruzan
-Young women are chosen from among the townspeople to represent the various characters in the parade. Each is carried on a bamboo arch and escorted by a young man. The highlight of the parade is Reyna Elena, representing St. Helena whose discovery of the cross is commemorated by this feast. She is escorted by Prinsipe Constantino, under a canopy of flowers. Occasionally, movie and TV stars and other celebrities join in and are featured as major sagalas and escorts.
Putong Polo Festival (November 12)
- Barangay Polo
- As part of the San Diego de Alcala Feast Day, it is one of the unique food festivals in the country which features the famous putong Polo, the small but classy “kakanin” which was originally created in the town of Polo, Valenzuela. Putong Polo literally means native steam rice cake (puto) of Polo (the town where it originated) as food to appease hunger and a means of generating income thus inspiring the lives of the unfortunate. According to Rita C. Carlos, president of We Care Foundation, Inc., the week-long Putong Polo Festival is celebrated in connection with the feast of San Diego de Alcala, patron saint of Polo, Valenzuela City and known as the saint carrying a basket of flowers and giving food to the poor. -Putong polo Festival is all about …
Feast of San Diego De Alcala (November 12)
-The feast is all about the celebration of the feast of the oldest church in Valenzuela City, which includes annual boat racing, street dancing and different fabulous activities of the festival. - The church of San Diego de Alcala was built in 1632 by the people of Polo. The Residents were taken forcedly to labor to complete the church after the town has gained its independence through Father Juan Taranco and Don Juan Monsod. The entrance arch, which takes over 4 century are the only parts of the structures left until these days because the main structures were destroyed by bombs during the occupation of the Japanese. But Polo and Poblacion celebrates the Feast of San Diego de Alcala to show their love and respect to the oldest church in Valenzuela.
Mano Po San Roque Festival (May 12)
-In Valenzuela, according to the myth, San Roque is also known as the patron saint of the unmarried. It’s the day for single women to ask for help in finding their true love. There are countless tales of single girls who danced and prayed in the procession and who claim to have found their husband during the fiesta. - The feasts contain a street dancing and procession along the Barangay Mabolo systematic fares in commemoration of the feast of San Roque, highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival.
Polo, a small but peaceful town was once a part of Meycauayan,...