comes the Tapusan, everybody in the subdivision is busy thinking of new ideas to brighten up the feast. Banderitas are already in place, with my cousin joining the parade as Reyna Elena (whoah haha) i thought of collecting ideas from the net. I have here random pictures grabbed from google.  These are just ideas or basis for my Santacruzan preparation.

I hope i could share my own SantaCruzan experience with my own fancy pictures of smiles and colorful flowers, i had a chance to be Reyna Elana once, I will never ever forget how beautiful i felt inside my aunt's Wedding Gown. You heard me, i wore someone else's wedding gown.. But to my defense, i really dont have much option, i was pulled from the line up in the last minute, and dont have a very beutiful getup to begin with. Nowadays, whenever i get the chance to prepare for someone during Tapusan, i really give my time because the festival can either leave you a very remarkable memory or a disastrous experience.

These are my inspirations in making Arko or Floats from the cheapest to the posh..

Disclaimer : no intended rights on the photo grabbed from google.

Sampaguita and White Flowers. The Simplest and yet the most elegant sampaguita, Very Filipino, matching with a gown of the same color or shade.

Styrofoam. Can be easily painted with nice designs provided you've got nice artist around. Very lightweight,very ideal for the parade since it entails walking.
Paper flowers, colored boards, artificial plants, bamboo are alternatives to make up for fresh plants, they are cheaper and dont discolor so fast. They are not as elegant as the Fresh ones but they make good floats specially if nicely arranged.

Live flowers are the simplest and the most elegant of all
Lace and cloth often gives nice flowing accent to any float or arch ussually adds volume but softens the feel.
Native materials are always a plus specially for those institutions promoting the environment.
Sasa leave, Abaniko, fresh cut or dried flowers, stems, banig are commonly used for adornment.
Archs on wheels are often an option. This is good if the participant to the parade cannot walk, in the Philippines there are different variations, the most common is the pedicab adorned with papel de hapon specially there are also floats, wheeled platforms etc.

Umbrellas designed to match the gowns are handy for walking under the sun, sometimes, no more arko of float is necessary as other use a sash.


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