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Flores: Flowers of May (Flores de Mayo) rites of Bulusan (1)

Local children singing hymns and offering flowers and petals confetti to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the church in Bulusan.

Local children singing hymns and offering flowers and  confetti of petals to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the church in Bulusan.

Until now I can not yet figure out the correct lyrics (in Spanish) of the ‘Flores’ song in Bulusan. Thus, I will make up for this lack of information by sharing photos of the event.

Flores is the traditional May flower offering rites done by young girls (and now with boys included) during the whole month of May in our town in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This event is entirely separate from Santacruzan where ‘queens’ are paraded in the center of town during the final festivities. The ‘Flores,’ on the other hand, is a less grandiose  event and involves more singing of hymns to the Blessed Mother with offerings of floral blooms and petals showered at the foot of her image in the church. The series of photos consist of the first week of the Flores rites with local children from the Poblacion participating.

Local girls singing the all too familiar traditional 'flores' song in Bulusan.

Local girls singing the endearing childhood traditional ‘flores’ song in Bulusan.

Bulusan Flores rites attract mostly girls from 4 to  10 years old. (May 10, 2014)

Bulusan Flores rites attract mostly girls from 4 to 10 years old. (May 10, 2014)

Confetti of petals offered by the 'flores' participants fill the church floor with colors and fragrance.

Confetti of petals offered by the ‘flores’ participants fill the church floor fronting the image of the Blessed Mother with colors and fragrance.

"We can not deny boys who also want to participate in the'flores' event says the elderly organizer of the event.

“We can not deny boys who also want to participate in the ‘flores’ event,” says the elderly organizer of the ‘flores.’

Offering of the floral blooms to the Blessed Virgin Mary after the singing of hymns.

Flores girls lay their floral bloom offerings one at a time at the foot of the image of  the Blessed Virgin Mary after the singing of hymns inside the church in Bulusan.

Note: The lyrics  for the traditional ‘flores’ song in Bulusan is finally documented here:

http://pamughaton.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/an-kanta-sa-flores/

Thanks to Pamughaton.wordpress.com.

Photos: Alma P. Gamil

Bulusan, Sorsogon

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