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Press Contact: Ben Menor at Menor360D@gmail.com ONE COMMUNITY AT SANTACRUZAN 2012, SEASONS MARKETPLACE AT LANDESS

Press Contact: Ben Menor at

Menor360D@gmail.com

ONE COMMUNITY AT SANTACRUZAN 2012, SEASONS MARKETPLACE AT LANDESS

May 29, 2012, Milpitas, CA --- Room 113 of the Filipino “lifestyle center” in Silicon Valley, a.k.a. Seasons Marketplace at Landess at 1535 Landess Avenue, Milpitas, California, was buzzing with activity at noontime on

Sunday, May 27, as little girls dressed up as angels, accompanied by the

various “reynas” (queens) and their escorts and arc bearers, prepared for a hectic afternoon program. This was a youth affair where elegance and good manners took center stage as the participants learned about a Filipino

spiritually-based tradition in an inclusive cultural community event.

According to a brief description on the internet, written by Point Cebu Arts & Culture: “The festival comes from a religious origin, a commemoration of the finding of the Holy Cross by Saint Helena and Constantine. Young ladies dress up in lavish gowns of lace and beads and parade on the streets, together with their escorts, in such gala wear. They walk elegantly beneath

escorts, in such gala wear. They walk elegantly beneath arches of flowers in a procession while

arches of flowers in a procession while throngs of people take part, holding

candles and torches as they sing songs of praise.”

flowers in a procession while throngs of people take part, holding candles and torches as they
When Filipino immigrants brought this May tradition to their new homes worldwide, the Santacruzan practice

When Filipino immigrants brought this

May tradition to their new homes worldwide, the Santacruzan practice eventually became a cultural practice for

“building one community” and a reminder of some Philippine hometown traditions. Children and young adults

build self-confidence and social skills in a

family activity.

The first part of the festivities was

focused on celebrating the second

anniversary of Seasons Marketplace at Landess. Ria Recinto, Santacruzan 2011’s Reyna Elena, gave a stunning

performance in dance and gymnastics --- showcasing her 4-time champion status and using ribbons as her props, to an

appreciative crowd.

As parents and shoppers took photos and videos during the Santacruzan Procession

at the mall’s central walkways, Susan

Sansu” Ramsey Johnson took time out from her upcoming “The Sansu Show” production schedule (GMA Pinoy TV) by directing a choir composed of members from Our Mother of Perpetual Help Choir at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church

(Fremont) and Our Lady of Peace Church

and Shrine (Santa Clara). In a recent San Jose-based Santacruzan, Sansu Ramsey was acknowledged as the first Filipina-

Black American Reyna de Las Flores.

The Tancinco Law Offices, aside from being one of the Santacruzan 2012’s merchant sponsors, was

The Tancinco Law Offices, aside from being one of the Santacruzan 2012’s merchant sponsors, was

represented by Attorney Rey D.

Tancinco, the Hermano Mayor, and his spouse, Attorney Lourdes “Lou” Santos Tancinco, the

Hermana Mayor. Attorney Lou

confessed that this was her first time to wear a tiara, creating a different persona from her

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerikahosting duties (GMA Pinoy TV).

Ben Menor, NaFFAA Region 8’s

Santa Clara County Chair, hosted the program together with youth co-hosts, Ria Recinto, 2011

Santacruzan’s Reyna Elena, and

Justin Smaby.

Allison Nicole Drumm, the 2012

Santacruzan’s Reyna Elena, came all the way from Union City, and was escorted by Jason Roldan.

Mark Solomita was this year’s

Emperor Constantine.

The organizers of the Santacruzan

2012 acknowledge the spirit of

volunteerism of its Santacruzan

procession’s participants, and thank them for their support, namely:

SAGALAS/REYNAS Nazmyn Flores (Reyna Banderada), Denise Tungol (Reyna Mora), Francesca Armstrong

(Reyna Fe), Joselle Marie Santillan

(Reyna Esperanza), Regina Calamug (Reyna Caridad), Heather Moore (Reyna

Abogada), Kristina Solomita (Reyna

Sentenciada), Meriel Ferrer (Reyna Justicia), Patricia Uychoco (Reyna Judith), Chelsy Baculi (Reyna Sheba),

Sheryll Nicolas (Reyna Esther), and

Diana Coria (Veronica). Csarina Tabor (Divina Pastora), Angela Roque (Reina de las Estrellas), Angelika Roque (Rosa

Mystica), Trish Maxelle (Reyna de las

Propertas), Tiffany Alcantara (Reyna del Cielo), Alexandra Dreshler (Reyna de las Virgines), and Kimberly Solomita (Reyna

de las Flores).

AVE MARIA Troy Asia (A), Madeline

Montoya (V), Jorelle Babida (E), Eunice

Maracha (M), Sharina Castillo (A), Sharliz Castillo (R ), Melissa Ferrer (I), and Lia Babida (A).

TRES MARIAS Mary Rose Bautista (Mary of Magdala), Mary Grace Bautista (Mary, Mother of Christ), and Mary Joyce Bautista (Mary, Mother of James)

(Mary, Mother of Christ), and Mary Joyce Bautista (Mary, Mother of James) ESCORTS – Julius Santos
(Mary, Mother of Christ), and Mary Joyce Bautista (Mary, Mother of James) ESCORTS – Julius Santos
(Mary, Mother of Christ), and Mary Joyce Bautista (Mary, Mother of James) ESCORTS – Julius Santos

ESCORTS Julius Santos and Jason

Roldan.

ANGELS – Blake Liam Langa and Callie Solis; Aramina Ziazadeh and Krizlhen Wisco; Amber Moore
ANGELS – Blake Liam Langa and Callie Solis; Aramina Ziazadeh and Krizlhen Wisco; Amber Moore
ANGELS – Blake Liam Langa and Callie Solis; Aramina Ziazadeh and Krizlhen Wisco; Amber Moore
ANGELS – Blake Liam Langa and Callie Solis; Aramina Ziazadeh and Krizlhen Wisco; Amber Moore

ANGELS Blake Liam Langa and Callie

Solis; Aramina Ziazadeh and Krizlhen Wisco; Amber Moore and Katherine Moore; Josie Velasco and Alexandra

Bautista; Katlyn Calugan; Alana Mendoza; Abigail Adame and Anica Adame.

The Santacruzan 2012 at Seasons Marketplace at Landess’s success was due to the volunteers and sponsors who

supported the event.

Special thanks to: Consul Leah Rodriguez (Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco), Mayor Jose Esteves (City of Milpitas), Father Ronnie Carreon, Father Geoffrey Baraan (St. Anne Catholic

Church), Mr. and Mrs. Victor Garcia

(Santacruzan Organizers), Mr. Ben Menor (Community Relations Consultant and Host), Mr. Tony Tongson (Hair Couture

Salon), Ms. Ria Recinto, 2011 Reyna

Elena and this year’s Host with Mr. Justin Smaby (Co-Host), Mr. and Mrs. John Lucero (Arcs Sponsor), Mr. and Mrs.

Augusto Uyenco (Virgin Mary Sponsor), Mr. Sal Jumawan (Balloonist), Mr. Ken Bendanillo (Choreographer), Ms. Susan

Ramsey (Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Choir), Ms. Lorna Dietz (Public Relations), Mr. Bradford Adkins (Public Relations), Participants, Parents,

Volunteers headed by Liberty Lizardo,

and Performers.

Among the volunteers in the buffet services for Santacruzan 2012, the organizers acknowledge Joe Manarang

and Chef Romy Sembrano for the

efficient management of donations and table arrangements. Special thanks to Ben Menor for providing Healthy

Coffee vending-type drinks.

SPONSORS Mr. Ben Acorda (Heavenly Ice Cream) and Ro Khanna.

MERCHANT SPONSORS Tancinco Law Offices, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel,

Seafood City Supermarket, Max’s of

Manila, Chowking, Goldilocks, Valerio’s Tropical Bakery, Filipino Desserts Plus, The Coffee Adventure Co., Ideal Vision

Center, Hair Couture, and AyalaLand

International Marketing, Inc.

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations-Region 8 (Northern California), Santa Clara chapter, is the Santacruzan 2012’s

Community Partner.

Coordinating the event was Gabrielle Ramos, Seasons Marketplace at

Landess’s Operations Assistant. Special

thanks to Dinna Bayangos, AyalaFil US

Co Inc.’s Director/CEO, for the mall management team’s support in the community celebration.

Bayangos, AyalaFil US Co Inc.’s Director/CEO, for the mall management team’s support in the community celebration.
Bayangos, AyalaFil US Co Inc.’s Director/CEO, for the mall management team’s support in the community celebration.
Bayangos, AyalaFil US Co Inc.’s Director/CEO, for the mall management team’s support in the community celebration.