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Fiesta Filipina 2021

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The City of Albuquerque and the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) presented the Celebration of the International Day focusing on the Philippines on Sept. 22, 2021 at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park for two hours. The event was emceed by Vicky Adaoag, a board member of FAFNM with invocation by Rev. Fr. Joel Bugas. The presentation showcased Filipino talents in singing, dancing, kulintang music and fashion show with around 50 participants. Choreographers were: Maricar Castro, Chearie Alipat and Darwin Virtusio. Booths included Food from Basil Home Cooking and other food donors, DHI-FEMA, NM Immigrant Law Center, NM Asian Family Center, Filipino Student Organization of UNM, Fil-Am Nursing Assoc. of NM and Art Pieces of Jocelle Bautista. Covid Vaccination Team was also present. Thanks to Larry Miller Toyota for their support. The Event Committee included: FAFNM President Myrna Samson (Chair), Vicky Adaoag (Program), Cora Romillo (Dance Coordinator), Ariel Bondoc (Set/Program Design), & Gloria Kauz (Consultant). Thank you to the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services, performers, volunteers, donors, supporters, booth participants, FAFNM BOD and members. We hope to see everybody at the Christmas Party on Dec. 2. Please check EVENTS page in November for details.


Thanks to Ana Bhandari of UNM who created a short video for this event. Click to watch: Fiesta Filipino


The following photos were from the FAFNM volunteer photographers and Jasmine Quiambao. Thank you all. (Click on individual photo to enlarge image.)

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Anna (Reyna Elena, center) and her court at Santacruzan 2019



NOTE:  No announcement on the Santacruzan 2020 or any activity.  Our priority now is our health.  Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

To view slideshow 67 photos , click:  SANTACRUZAN 2019 OLD TOWN

NM State Auditor Brian Colon

Mr. Brian Colon, NM State Auditor was the guest speaker at the Santacruzan on May 18, 2019 at the Old Town Plaza which started with the Holy Mass at the San Felipe de Neri Church at 4 pm and followed by the procession at the rotunda and Cultural Show at the gazebo.

Chito Zafra, 97, who introduced Santacruzan 42 years ago, with FAFNM President Gloria Kauz

This annual free event which is sponsored by the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) was introduced by Consuelo (Chito) Zafra, 97 and her late husband, Eugene Zafra in 1977.  Other FAFNM members who have made this event possible for 42 years are: Heddy Long, Cora Romillo, Myrna Samson, Betsy Custodio and members of the Filipino community.  The Cultural Show included singers Reena, Gwen and Ashley.   The Filipino performing groups were: Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group and the Filipino Performing Arts Group). Chairman of 2019 Santacruzan was Myrna with members Jim, Betsy, Carminia and Heddy. Chairman for Cultural show was Gwen who was also the master of ceremonies. This FAFNM event was co-sponsored by the City of Albuquerque City Cultural Services and the Filipino American Community Council.  The event is usually scheduled on the third Saturday of May.  

“Santacruzan” is the word that Filipinos use to refer to “Santa Cruz de Mayo,” a celebration in honor of our Blessed Mother.  The celebration commemorates Queen Helen’s finding the Holy Cross during the reign of her young son, King Constantino.  It is believed that “Reyna Elena,” “Rey Constantino,” and their subjects asked for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to help them find the Holy Cross which had been taken away from the Christians by the infidels.  The “Santa Cruz de Mayo” is celebrated by a procession commemorating this historic event.  Throughout the procession, the song “Dios de Salve” is sung.

During the month of May in the Philippines, every evening, there is a town somewhere celebrating the “Santa Cruz de Mayo.”  A town usually does it for nine consecutive evenings, like a novena.  On the ninth evening, the whole town has a fiesta.  Nine consecutive evenings are not practical here in Albuquerque.

“Santa Cruz de Mayo” is also referred to as “Flores de Mayo.”  May is the month when flowers of all kinds are blooming in the Philippines, so the procession is adorned with colorful gay flowers.  For this reason, one of the queens in the procession is called, “Reyna de las Flores.”