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2019 MID-TERM ELECTIONS: MODEL OR MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY?

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Members of the Filipinos of St. Gregory held their 32nd Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) last Saturday (May 27) under a clear

sky and warm weather around the vicinity of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois.

 

PH & U.S. FLAGS: 

 

ANGELS carry the Philippines and U.S. colors at the head of Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) led by one of its organizers, Mr. Tom Buenvenida, on Saturday (May 27) in front of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)

 

ANGELS: 

 

ANGELS are being guided by their guardian during the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) on Saturday (May 27) in front of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)

 


As usual, Santacruzan is a gathering where the young and the young-at-heart come together to celebrate their thanksgiving to the Virgin Mary for giving farmers rich harvests.

REYNA ELENA: 

 

EMPERATRIZ walks ahead of REYNA ELENA during the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) on Saturday (May 27) in front of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)

VIRGIN MARY: 

 

THE ICON OF the Virgin Mary is being carried by Larry L. Hernandez (partly hidden, left) and Butch Odulio (right, foreground) and two others during the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) on Saturday (May 27) in front of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


 The young are dressed as Angels, Sagalas and Constantine while the adults act as Emperatriz, Reyna Elena and sponsors as Hermano and Hermana mayors, who contribute to buy food for the procession goers and guests.

HERMANA MAYOR: 

 

HERMANA MAYOR (female sponsor) Wilma Duterte White is one of the Hermana Mayores during the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) on Saturday (May 27) in front of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. Behind her is her partner, Reno Briones (Hermano Mayor). (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)

 HERMANO MAYOR:

LITO PINEDA is one of the Hermano Mayores (male sponsors) as he walks with other Hermana Mayores during the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) walks during the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) on Saturday (May 27) in front of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


Santacruzan is steeped in tradition where folks pay homage to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

DUTERTE SALUTE: 

 

THE DUTERTE SALUTE of extending clinched fists mark the meeting of Wilma Duterte White, the first cousin of President Rody Duterte, with Sorsogon City Member of the Board Emmanuel L. Villamor (right) of the PDP-Laban, who immigrated to the U.S. last month, during the reception of the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) inside the St. Gregory gym in the north side of Chicago, Illinois on Saturday (May 27) while another looks on. (JGL Photo courtesy of Emmanuel L. Villamor)


It also calls to mind when St. Helena, the mother of Constantine, found the Holy Cross that cured the sick after touching it.

Santacruzan is one of the two annual events being observed by members of Filipinos of St. Gregory Church, who first observed its first Santacruzan in 1986. The other event is the Simbang Gabi (Midnight Mass) in December.

RECEPTION: 

NOAH LARIOSA (foreground left) and his grandfather, Ray G. Lariosa (extreme right) across the table join participants to the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) at the reception inside the St. Gregory gym in the north side of Chicago, Illinois on Saturday (May 27). Looking from left (clockwise) are Matthew R. Estrada and his Mom, Joy R. Estrada, and her cousins Larry L. Hernandez and Emmanuel L. Villamor. (JGL Photo by Angie G. Lariosa)


Guests, including representatives from the Philippine Consulate General, also joined the brief procession and said few words during a program that followed at a reception. This year’s guests were Consul Ericka Anna T. Abad and Consular staff Anita Saldo.

VIRGIN MARY ICON: 

RAY G. LARIOSA and his wife, ANGIE G. LARIOSA, with their grandson, Noah Lariosa, stand in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary during the reception of the Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) on Saturday (May 27) in front of the St. Gregory Church in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. Behind them at the background are Fr. Paul Wachdorf and Tom & Connie Buenvenida. (JGL Photo courtesy of Angie G. Lariosa) 


Fr. Paul Wachdorf, pastor of the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, welcomed the members of the Catholic group and guests, during the event, where some of the procession participants, among them the sponsors, Emperatriz, Constantine and Reyna Elena, were also introduced to the community at a brief program that was followed by a light meal. (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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