In the Month of Flowers

Manila – Flores De Mayo, which means “flowers of May,” was celebrated by the Filipinos throughout the month of May in honor of and gratitude for the Virgin Mary. The Servants of Charity and San Isidro Labrador Parish offered this annual program for the children of Pantanco, San Agustin, Roque and the ‘good children’ from Guanella Center and Guanella Home. The purpose is to emphasize the Catechism and educate them about celebrating the month of May in honor of Mary. For the first time, the San Isidro Labrador Parish conducted a quiz bee which focused on topics in the Bible. All of the children participated. May 26th was the culmination of the Flores De Mayo celebrations, beginning with a question period by the seminarians. They quizzed the children on their knowledge of Flores De Mayo. Prizes were given to those children who were able to answer the questions. A series of presentations given by the children who participated in the Flores De Mayo program brought the month to a close.

Preparing for May Flowers

A statue of the Blessed Mother crowned with flowers for the month of May

Manila – May is the month of flowers, and the month in honor of Mary. Like the different parishes throughout the country, Guanella Center hosts a daily catechetical program for children and the praying of the Holy Rosary and offering of flowers to Mary for the whole month of May. Aside from Guanella Center, our staff, volunteers and seminarians are also going to three different chapels to help catechize the children and pray the rosary. These chapels, San Agustin, Pantranco and Roque 2, located in some depressed areas, become the center of evangelization not only for the children but somehow also for their mothers and other adults who sit in once in a while. Our Flores De Mayo activities are always in collaboration with the Flores de Mayo of our parish, San Isidro Labrador. At the end of the month, a traditional annual procession called “Santacruzan” is being held in honor of Mama Mary. flores2 flores