Civil Rights Activist Photograper Corky Lee invited me to shoot annual Santa Kruzan festival. Corky has been photographing Santa Kruzan festival for many years. It was my first time to attend event however.
Santa Kruzan comes from the word “Santa Kruz” which means “Holy Cross.” The festivity commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) and her son, Constantine. The Holy cross is believed to have been the Cross of Christ in Calvary. St. Helena died asking all Christians to celebrate the discovery of the Cross every May.
The annual event is held in May which coincidentally is Asian Heritage Month. Santa Kruzan festival is hosted by Filipino Pastoral Ministriesheld at Our Lady of Pompei Church in SOHO New York City.