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'Sabsabong Ti Mayo' parades beauties from Ilocos, Cordilleras

BAGUIO CITY, May 31 — The ninth edition of the "Sabsabong ti Mayo" (May Flower Festival) which is the local version of the nationally-popular "Santacruzan" will parade here Monday night the best gowns to be worn by the beautiful women of Ilocos and Cordillera region.

City councilor Richard Carino, chair of the event here said the undertaking will not only strengthen the Catholic faith of the residents but also help the tourism programs of northern Luzon.

Also, City Councilor Elmer Datuin, chair of the city council's committee on tourism, said the event is timely as more than 100 tourism officials now attending a tourism forum will be able to see it.

"Santacruzan" which originated in the lowland areas especially Metro Manila is a religious procession depicting the Christian faith and reverence of King Constantine of Europe.

It is usually characterized with a beautiful maiden serving as "Reyna Elena" escorting a child (King Constantine) parading the built-up areas of the communities amid the artistic lighting gadgets.

Datuin said that although the event was only adopted here from the lowland areas of the country, the presence of many Catholic devotees in the Cordilleras made the event popular. (PNA)

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