FLORES DE MAYO (in Spanish ‘Flowers of May’) a celebration of Mary, Queen of Heaven took place yesterday, 5/5/2019, in our church. It started with a Mass with Father Tony Convery and Deacon Anthony Clark followed by a procession of the Statue of Mary, Queen of Heaven. The statue was carried by Medel Tapleras and Marlon Malabanan. Leading the procession was two flag carriers – Mark Danzalan and Henry Lovedorial. The little 8 Ave Marie Bearers (Macy Mariano, Cecilia Uy, Stacey Isidre, Princess Kristienne Rafol, Carly Maamo, Markay Miller, Yanis Ligot and Anna Anvar) followed the statue. Behind them were the 14 Queens – Queen Cleopatra (Georgia Ronquillo), Queen of Faith (Nicole Laxamana with Escort Emmanuel Ginette, Queen of Hope (Anna Lovedorial), Queen of Charity (Precious Degamon) with Escort Ged Degamon, Queen orf Angels (Elisa Ledesma, Queen of Stars (Darlene Lovedorial) with Escort Nathan Lilagan, Mystical Rose (Nikki dela Fuente), Queen of Peace (Kimberley Belcher) with Escort Vyel de Castro, Queen of Confessors (Denise Ledesma), Queen of Saints (Sophia Bautista) with Escort Lance Bautista, Queen of Heaven (Anna Marin) with Escort Chandler Davidson, Queen of Flowers (Yael Lilagan), Queen of Empress (Melissa Tapleras) with Escort Medz Tapleras, Queen of Helena (Kate Malaban) with Escort Stephen Ginete. The Hermana was Jennifer Garcia and Hermano was Librado Evangelista. The M.C. Ela Hidalgo welcomed everyone and introduced the participants of the pageant followed by Father Tony saying an opening prayer and blessing the food. After lunch we were entertained with a dance presentation from the Dabawenyo Group, a song by the M.C. Ela Hidalgo and songs/dances by some of our young parishioners who took part in the pageant. The afternoon ended with a dance performance by the organisers, The Golders Green Group and a closing speech by Deacon Anthony Clark who praised and complimented the entire event. As usual, the food was superb and plentiful, all home cooked by the Filipino group and our young talents were amazing.

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