In celebration of the “Heritage Month”, the Municipality of Jagna is highlighting traditions that are practiced by the people in the month of May – the second of two parts.

After the string of fiestas, some barangays will be preparing for the annual kurus-kurus gagmay. Some  places in Jagna are known to be observing this tradition yearly and make it as a highlight activity towards the end of May. The kurus-kurus is a tradition dating back to the Spanish times with modifications to meet the changing time.

Barangays Looc, Pagina and Can-upao and a sitio in Cajulao – LGC are known to celebrate kurus-kurus to commemorate the finding of the “holy cross” by Reyna Elena, mother of Prince Constantine.

Santacruzan 2010 with Reyna Elena and Prince Constantine.

In these three barangays, a mass is held followed by a procession wherein a Reyna Elena together with her sagalas parade around the barangay. The Reyna Banderada, Reyna Mora, Reyna Esperanza, Reyna Abogada, Reyna Sentenciada, Reyna Justicia, Reyna Judith, Reyna Sheba, Reyna Esther, Samaritana,  Divina pastora, Reyna de las Estrellas, Rosa Mystica, Reyna Paz, Reyna de las Propetas, Reyna del Cielo, Reyna de las Virgines, and Reyna de las Flores are the sagalas.

Reyna Elena and her sagalas

After the procession, a feast celebrated by all single men and women in the barangay follow and then a disco.

The Reyna Elena, Reyna Emperatriz and the sagalas are traditionally chosen from amongst the single women in the barangay or sitio by the hermanos and hermanas of the current year. The Prince Constantine as well as the escorts also comes from the barangay.

There are also some other barangays and sitios celebrating their own gagmay kurus-kurus sans the Reyna Elena and sagalas. Sitio Putol and So-ok of Can-upao; Carmoli in Pagina; SSS in Pangdan; Upper Canjulao and sitio Caapac; Seawall in Pagina; and Bunga Mar. These places commemorate the Santa Cruz with a mass and a simple feast.

The hermanas and hermanos leading the Santacruzan come from the group of single men and women in the barangay and is different from the hermanos and hermanas leading the celebration of the barangay fiesta. This is a devotion of the dalaga and ulitawo (single men and women) of all ages as well as some old people.