A TEMPORARY residential facility for victims and survivors of different forms of abuse, violence, and exploitation held a Santacruzan on Friday, May 28, 2021, as a culmination of the rehabilitative activities done in May.
Home for Girls, which is run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), made Santacruzan an opportunity for its residents to hone their talents and discover their potentials.
Following the common elements of the religious-historical pageant that depicts the finding of the True Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, selected girls served as “sagalas” dressed in ternos and gowns made of recyclable materials and walked underneath elaborately decorated umbrellas and arches.
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They recited the rosary as “Dios te salve, Maria” song was played during the procession inside the center’s compound in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City.
Among the sixteen sagalas are Reyna Banderada, Reyna Sentenciada, Reyna Justicia, Reyna Fé, Reyna Esperanza, Reyna Caridad, Rosa Mystica, Reyna del Cielo, Reyna de las Estrellas, Reyna de las Virgines, Reyna de los Angeles, Reyna del Paz, Reyna del Santisimo Rosario, Reyna de las Flores, Reyna Elena, and Reyna Emperatriz.
They were accompanied by little girls dressed like angels who each carried a letter to complete the words “Ave Maria.” After the procession, they offered flowers to the image of the Virgin Mary.
A short fashion show followed to showcase various gown designs.
Some of the dresses worn by the sagalas were made from recyclable materials like rice sacks, plastics, and magazines and turned into beautiful ternos. The girls and staff of the Home for Girls designed the ternos.
Other dresses were made by persons-with-disabilities trainees of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center II.
Some gowns were borrowed from local designers like Ma. Theresa Ng and Anatolia Matugas.
The outstanding designs were given special awards: Green Fashion award for the best eco-friendly terno, Chic Award for the borrowed gowns, and Blooming Petal Award for the most creative umbrella design.
The Home for Girls provides alternative family care to children whose needs cannot be adequately met by their loved ones and relatives over a period of time.
Psychosocial interventions are given to residents for them to overcome their trauma and to prepare for their reintegration with families. (NRC, PR/With WBS)