The Araneta Center unveiled a glittering Santacruzan like no other on May 18 with a procession of the most beautiful women in the Philippines in traditional Filipina costumes.
The star-studded parade featured the newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas 2014 queens, former pageant candidates and 1994 Bb. Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach as Reyna Emperatriz.
An iconic religious Filipino tradition, the Santacruzan commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Reyna Elena and her son, Emperor Constantine.
It is this festive thanksgiving of finding the Holy Cross in Jerusalem that is replicated all over the country in the fiesta month of May.
Annually, the Araneta Center’s Santacruzan is highly anticipated because of the participation of the beauty queens, thus setting it apart from countless celebrations of Flores de Mayo in Metro Manila.
The 2014 Bb. Pilipinas queens who participated in Sunday’s procession were Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Mary Jean Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas-International Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental Kris Tiffany Janson, Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational Yvethe Santiago, Bb Pilipinas First Runner Up Laura Lehmann, and Bb. Pilipinas Second Runner Up Hannah Sison.
The pageant’s prides, Miss Supranational 2013 Johanna Datul and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, also lent their grace and beauty to the very successful Araneta 2014 Grand Santacruzan.