Grand Santacruzan 2015

If you are friends with me on Facebook or if you do follow me on Instagram then you must have seen some photos of me in a white Filipiniana gown. Clearly, I got involved in this year’s Santacruzan; I involuntary got to be part of it. I had no choice; I cannot refuse the invite for the event was organized by a family friend, so apparently I cannot turn down the request.

Oh by the way if you are reading this and happen to be a non-native, allow me to brief you first about the said affair. Santacruzan is a religious beauty procession held in cities and towns in the Philippines during the month of May. Young ladies are chosen to represent notable biblical characters/”queens” and each one is dressed in their extravagant gowns. Lads are also chosen to escort the so-called queens. The festivity is basically meant to pay special tribute to Mother Mary.
 (If you wish to know more information about it, google is just a click away.) 

Sta. Maria, Bulacan’s Grand Santacruzan occurred last Saturday, May 30th.
30 ladies gathered to take part in the parade, including Rachel Daquis aka The Queen Tamaraw (the star of the night) who represented Reyna delas Flores.

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I invited Janeeva to participate as well! I honestly did not expect her to say yes (considering the fact she lives way too far from my hometown), but she did– gladly. She travelled all the way from Laguna to Bulacan (rode a bus, carrying a luggage) just to grant my request, sweet! It was her first time to be a sagala, and I think it turned out to be a fun experience to her. I hope so!

The procession started at around 8 in the evening. I was second to the last (which I think I didn’t deserve for I was “too simple” compared to everyone else that evening). Entering the holding area and seeing the other sagalas wearing flamboyant gowns with really huge crowns got me like….

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“Huwaw der” 

Most ladies, as you have seen on the photos below, have such fancy gowns and plakadong muk-ap! I was feeling kind of out of place because of my “simplicity” that evening, but you know what they say…
Simplicity is a.) beauty b.) the ultimate sophistication c.) the best policy

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Everything was going pretty fine until the lights went off shortly after leaving the Church. The engine overheated causing the lamps to break down. It took the committee about an hour to fix the glitch but they still weren’t able to get it to work. It was only Rachel, who had a floral arch with functioning lights on it. However, the show must go on; we might not have lamps to cast light on us but we have phones– with flashlights, duh?

My sister and some of her friends accompanied me throughout the procession. People were all over the streets waiting and watching for the sagalas to come by. I think it was the only Santacruzan that took place in my hometown so the locals must have waited for it. This is actually one of the most awaited (May) festivities in town! 🙂

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Daquis left after two hours… allowing me to take over her place.. I honestly got a bit off guard; I didn’t know she’ll be leaving too soon, I didn’t know one of us shall replace her, and I didn’t know it would be me(!!!?). Somebody should’ve told me in advance so I could you know..prepare myself? (lol)

What happened was, we were halfway through the procession when she left. And since I was second to the last, I was commanded to take over her spot. So I had the lights and the arc to myself (and to my escort, of course). The spotlight was on us and I wasn’t sure if I was happy about it; quite annoyed because of the uneasy feeling that I had from all the smiling I did and the smiling the I needed to do. Oh the pressure of instantly being in the public eye..charot! I was asking my escort to make cheap cracks and share funny stories so I could keep the big grin on my face.

Some people recognized me as you know.. the “Dubsmash girl”. I kept on hearing the word “dubsmash” eveeeerywhere. While some also thought I was Rachel Daquis. There was this moment when a lady came up to me, took multiple photos and said “Grabe idol na idol kita!”, it got me like “Aww *smiles*” then she goes… “Kayo ni Valdez! Ang galing mo tumira!”Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 5.42.40 PM

….I said thanks. I didn’t want to ruin the moment for her; she seemed too happy to see her “idol” in person! Sige ate, I will pose as Daquis for you, since “idol na idol” mo sya. After that funny incident, I started reminding people who wanted to take photos of me/WITH me that I am not Rachel Daquis. Haha gladly that was the first and the last!

The procession ended at around 11. After the offering of flowers, a photo op was held inside the Church..

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When we got home, I asked Kuya John (my sister’s husband who is a part-time photographer) to conduct a mini photo shoot for Janeeva and I. We wanted to have some decent photos together for we don’t seem to have any. (I told you we are fond of making ourselves look ugly in photos all the time! Let us not ruin our refined-looking-selves with our fugly faces– just for a night.)

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Debut photos be like..

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Throwback photos of your grandmothers be like..

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Being part of my hometown’s Santacruzan was a good experience; and getting Janeeva to join the set made it even better. I wish the whole barkada was there to support us para happy! I probably wouldn’t need to force myself to smile anymore. Anyhow at least I got to work on my fake smiling skills. Oha!

photo credits to
Raymond Geronimo, John  Catalan & Detdet Mercado

33 Comment

  1. Meryll says: Reply

    Hi there:) I super enjoy reading your blogs

  2. Joanne says: Reply

    Backreading your posts and i found this! That moment with Daquis’ fan is so hilarious! XD

  3. TPS says: Reply

    I was looking at my classmate’s FB (who was an organizer, I think) pics of the Santacruzan and I thought I recognized your face. I was wondering where I first saw you — I thought perhaps nakita kita sa bayan or something. Sa Dubsmash pala.

  4. Meg of Jacksonville says: Reply

    Hello Maine,
    Greetings from Florida!
    Simply, in awe of your writing prowess!
    Kept thinking about the reason behind your innate humor, undeniable wit & fearless personality… (Glad I found the answer to this query after visiting your various accounts on social media.)
    I’ve realized that YOU are simply unafraid to show the most unthinkable wacky faces & other funny stuffs that you do because… YOU have what it takes to be YOU! Your fierceness is validated because nobody can rob your BOLDNESS of showing YOURSELF to the whole world!
    I find it so ironic that others (including myself) would die to have the best Selfie posted online whereas…you, are so comfortable in your Wacky Faces Galore!
    Just hoping that your fans from Appari to Jolo will see you as Maine the prolific author in addition to the Pabebe Yaya Dub!
    Lastly, I so admire your wit/sarcasm in your replies & that you remain humble while Living the Dream!

    Avid fan,
    Meg of Jax-Fl

    Ps. Santacruzan is my most fave blog entry of yours .

  5. Mark bautista says: Reply

    Simplicity still the best! Stay being simple and humble.. God bless

  6. aileen says: Reply

    i love how you articulately write your blogs!! i was laughing while reading this particular post… keep it up Ms. Maine.

  7. T.C. says: Reply

    I can’t help laughing at your stories and photos. Sobrang laftrip ka! Pero angganda mo kahit simple ka…and dahil mas bongga sila, mas napansin ka na mas maganda sakanila kase simple ka.

  8. HML says: Reply

    Yesssss! Simplicity is the best policy (lol). And that made you the star of that night. You are so beautiful! =)

  9. Marlene says: Reply

    I love you na yaya dub. God bless you po

  10. Sasa says: Reply

    I Love how you tell the story… I was laughing on the last 4 photos!

  11. veveWrong says: Reply

    You look stunning 🙂

  12. pola quito says: Reply

    Hi, i enjoy reading your blogs. But how can i subscribe to your account??
    And by the way i really like you as yaya dub =))

  13. Jm Robis says: Reply

    Hi Maine,

    Everyone earlier are all worried about you. Glad you’re okay now. Thank God.☝

    I was about to go sa area nyo kanina, kaso nung nakita kong nahimatay ka bigla akong natulala eh. Seriously. Tapos nagcheck na ako ng mga tweets or mentions about you for updates.

    My plan earlier was just to give you flowers kasi matagal din akong nag abang na magkaron kayo ng malapit lapit sakin na location na pwede kong mapuntahan agad.

    Well obviously, I am one of a million people na humanga sayo at sinubaybayan ang bawat paglabas mo sa EB. And to that, I just really want to tell you that…

    You’re amazingly awesome
    Thank you for making each and everyone smile. Thank you for being an inspiration.

    PS. Magpagaling at magpahinga ka pong mabuti ha. I always keep on sending you fb messages and ig dm’s kaso never been seen yet even tweets and sa (sa dami ba naman ng mentions sayo everyday eh) but its okay, you got my back no matter what!

    Jm Robis

  14. Jm Robis says: Reply

    And looking forward to meet and see you soon!

    Wishing you all the best in your chosen path..☝

    Again with love,
    Jm Robis

  15. Sheika says: Reply

    I your blog!! Firsttime ko magkainterest sa blog at talagang nagsubscribe pa ko. I really love & support you maine.. (FC)

  16. Luie says: Reply

    Hello maine super fan ako ng aldub and binabasa ko lahat ng blogs mo. Sobrang nakakatuwa lalo na sa part na may nagpa picture sa yo na akala ikaw c ms. R. Daquis hahaha… 12:48am na and still awake and laughin. Grabe!!! Sobrang saya ng life mo. Full of good vibes. More blogs and blessings to come. God bless!

  17. Guil says: Reply

    Hi Maine, how do you do that I mean being in public (especially now) looking fine but in reality ( base on how I understand your blog – correct me if Im wrong) you seem to be uncomfortable in the spotlight or people to drew much attention on you.. Medyo complicated noh? Hehe.. Yun bang stage na “gusto ko (maging artista) pero hindi ko gusto (maging center of attraction)” kasi this is your secret ultimate dream..

  18. Quiet Canda says: Reply

    Hi Maine! Lam mo ba stress reliever namin ang #EB36 #Aldub ung tipong badtrip kami sa production #OFW ung tipong maguunanahan kmi mag breaktime masasabi mong “hay buti nalang may aldub nakakawala ng stress, tpos pag badtrip k sa work ipapaalala sayo ng kawork mo nood nalang tayo ng #Aldub para mawala stress mo” thank u ha naging instrument ka para mawala homesick nmin mga ofw . Love u maine! 🙂 God Bless!

  19. Sophia says: Reply

    Hello ate. Hehe. Ang galing ng Sta. Cruzan days niyo. Me too I was once a part of sta cruzan in our brggy. First and last na siguro yon hahaha.

  20. Hey there! I super enjoy watching recap videos of your kalyeserye on Eat Bulaga. Then I stumbled upon this blog and let me just say that I find you really beautiful, inside and out. You seem to be the kind of person I’d stop in the hallways of the school and compliment, out of the goodness of my heart (because I don’t do that often LOL). But contrary to what you show on TV, your blog posts show how much of an introspective person you are which is awesome! Oh and I hope you’re feeling better. BTW, it’s totally okay to look like the simplest mojo in a Santacruzan because girl, Mama Mary ain’t got a train when she was on Earth. You do you 🙂 Hope to hear more from you!

  21. Mark says: Reply

    LOL on that girl said that you’re rachel daquis. pain on my stomach. She needs to wear a set of eye glasses. i feel that scene. I enjoy reading this blog.

    1. Christine Aguirre says: Reply

      I totally agree Mark, giving that a green light do. Sobrang laughtrip si Ate.

  22. Leo says: Reply

    I like everything about you. But let me count a few reasons why. I like your blogs. Haven’t really read everything on this website yet but soon I will. I like your choice of words and your fearless expressions (but not the profane ones hehe). I like the way you make us laugh… just like yesterday at your 18th AlDub weeksary. I like the way you distort your face to bring us glee. I like your wit. I like your simple beauty. Basta, next time I will write more. I am inspired by you….

    I am mahiyain too like you. Had low self esteem but I could be capable of doing more. But this am rebuilding and reclaiming so that may son Dave may find his own achievements by being himself.

    Just a note, once upon a time, I lived in Pulong Buhangin, , roamed around Tomana and bayan. Felt so close to you when I learned where you come from.

    I know in time, sa tamang panahon, you would take an iota of notice or a ‘hi’ I shall wait for that…

  23. Leo says: Reply

    Dropped by for the third time (but leaving a note for the fist time), but since I am hooked, will be your regular visitor. Always wanted to say that I enjoyed and liked everything about you. You wit, your simplicity, your genuineness… need I say again, everything you do is lovely. Your rawness has been your greatness. You have heard words that may have been flattering, but what I say is truth and honesty. Thank you for being you. A simple fan, one with the millions worldwide whom you have touched by being yourself.

    It may be impossible, but an iota of notice will be highly appreciated.

    On another note, I am happy to say that I once lived in Pulong Buhangin, SM and roamed around Tomana and Bayan. Made me feel that I belong, I am one with you – hehehe feeler 🙂

    Til next time, stay as lovely as you are Miss Maine <3 <3 <3

  24. Ewikai says: Reply

    Throwback photos of ur grandma be like… Hahaha! Never been this crazy about a girl..and npksimple nga tlg ng get up compared s mga kasabayan mong plakado ang buong pgkatao..bdw im straight and un part n ikaw yung pumalit ky daquis s part nya as the highest level n sagalista,parang practice un for what u will be one day which is now..

  25. Christine Aguirre says: Reply

    It is 11:03pm already here in Sydney and I’ve been insanely laughing out loud especially landing to the “Rachel Daquis’ Fan” Scenario. That was truly a knocked out plus a major bonus of your comical picture tagging the word “Rili?” Sobrang laughtrip talage. But what truly touched me was your act of kindness to that girl. You did not ruined her moment believing that you were really her idol..You were that Rachel Daquis na ang galing galing tumira kasama si Valdez. Thank you Meng, you are really one of a kind. Cheers!!!

  26. Tin Javier says: Reply

    Of how many times I tried to access your blog, tonight was the first time I was given a chance. I’m an avid Valdez fan and I found that “I thought you’re Rachel Daquis” scenario really hilarious. I admire your writing prowess. How I wish I could write this way. To be honest, I ‘was’ a writer. Now, I’ve lost the inspiration to write and I don’t know why. Seeing your blog stirred up the writing sense in me, again 🙂 Please inspire me to continue. May God bless you all the way.

  27. I have a good time reading your articles. Thanks!

  28. Mike says: Reply

    Thought i was reading a magazine or the philippine star great writing

  29. janeth zate says: Reply


    Just finished reading this now, I must say sobrang ngenjoy ako sa blog mo na to lalu na kapag may kasunod na wacky pics mo!! Thank u for bringing smiles on my face this early sunday morning! You are a natural comedian indeed!! Keep it up!!! Hope I can see you someday!!! Btw, super galing ng dance prod nyo yday!!!

  30. Joyce Mae B. Barnedo says: Reply

    You’re beautiful Meng!

  31. Liza says: Reply

    Beautiful inside and out. A total package indeed! Tlagang tlaga seriously Wala nang hihigit pa sayo…

  32. Janibelle says: Reply

    Tawang tawa ako dito. For me this is your best blog. ‘course my volleybelle idol was mentioned here, Rachel Daquis ? and i’m glad that you to my idol bump at each other. Anyways, thank you for making us happy ☺ God bless.

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