Okay, so this would have to be my most daring photo posted here on this blog -- me in briefs.
That's me sometime in the early 80s inspecting the just-completed four-poster Santacruzan arc for me and my partner. I don't seem too pleased.
In the Philippines, the Santacruzan is a quasi-religious pageant usually held on the last day of May in culmination of Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), a month-long tribute to the Virgin Mary with kids honoring her with prayers and flowers. The Santacruzan involves a procession of various "queens" and their escorts under decked-up archs, including Reyna Elena (Queen Helen) with her son Constantine.
Me and other kids waiting for the procession to start.
Strutting our stuff around the village.
My partner here was a neighbor and who's also half-white.
Since then, I have never again participated in another Santacruzan until my college years when a colleague of an aunt asked me to escort her daughter in another baranggay's event. Awkward, since I didn't even know them.