Metro Manila · Flores de Mayo (May)
At first glance this seems to be just a parade of beautiful Filipinas, but it is actually a Christian festival, celebrated in the Philippines throughout May. Flores de Mayo is held in honour of Roman empress Helena and emperor Constantine finding the True Cross in Jerusalem.
Beauty queens pageants, national celebrities, senior citizen, young folks, families and many others offer flowers to the Virgin Mary, celebrating the coming of the rainy season. Usually, the participants take a long walk around the village, dressed in beautiful traditional clothes, smiling and waving to the crowd. The celebrations include horse carriages, lights, fireworks and - predominantly - flowers and decorations.
The event covered by the Megacitizens team (see video and picture) took place on May 4, 2013 in the heart of the financial district, Makati. There were more than 30 carriages and roughly 100 participants sponsored by various companies and foundations - as carriages and flowers can be very expensive. The last carriage normally has the most beautiful couple.