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Filipino-American Association of Kodiak hosts Mayflower festival
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Four-year-old Yazmine Ojani Fangonilo Calderon is crowned Reyna Elena 2012 during Kodiak's Santacruzan festival. The festival, organized by the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, is a Philippine Catholic celebration that commemorates the search for the cross of Jesus in the year 326. In Kodiak, the Reyna Elena crown is given to the woman who raises the most money for the association.
(James Brooks photo)
Four-year-old Yazmine Ojani Fangonilo Calderon is crowned Reyna Elena 2012 during Kodiak's Santacruzan festival. The festival, organized by the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, is a Philippine Catholic celebration that commemorates the search for the cross of Jesus in the year 326. In Kodiak, the Reyna Elena crown is given to the woman who raises the most money for the association. (James Brooks photo)
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Sophia Alanzo walks down the red carpet Saturday, May 19, 2012 during Kodiak's annual Santacruzan festival. Alanzo was last year's Reyna Elena, or queen, of the festival. She was replaced by this year's queen, Yazmine Calderon.
(James Brooks photo)
Sophia Alanzo walks down the red carpet Saturday, May 19, 2012 during Kodiak's annual Santacruzan festival. Alanzo was last year's Reyna Elena, or queen, of the festival. She was replaced by this year's queen, Yazmine Calderon. (James Brooks photo)
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The court of the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak's Santa Cruzan fills the stage in the Kodiak Teen center Saturday, May 19, 2012.
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The court of the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak's Santa Cruzan fills the stage in the Kodiak Teen center Saturday, May 19, 2012. (James Brooks photo)
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Yazmine Calderon, 4, walks down the red carpet during the Santacruzan festival Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the Kodiak Teen Center as friends and relatives snap pictures. Calderon was crowned Reyna Elena, or queen of the festival.
(James Brooks photo)
Yazmine Calderon, 4, walks down the red carpet during the Santacruzan festival Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the Kodiak Teen Center as friends and relatives snap pictures. Calderon was crowned Reyna Elena, or queen of the festival. (James Brooks photo)
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Parents Marissa and Mark Vizcocho pin a second-place princess sash on their daughter, Melaizza Vizcocho, during the Santacruzan festival Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the Kodiak Teen Center.
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Parents Marissa and Mark Vizcocho pin a second-place princess sash on their daughter, Melaizza Vizcocho, during the Santacruzan festival Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the Kodiak Teen Center. (James Brooks photo)
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Young spectators watch the red carpet as Sophia Alanzo proceeds down the aisle Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Kodiak Teen Center to begin the Santacruzan festival's coronation ceremony.
(James Brooks photo)
Young spectators watch the red carpet as Sophia Alanzo proceeds down the aisle Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Kodiak Teen Center to begin the Santacruzan festival's coronation ceremony. (James Brooks photo)
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More than 60 Kodiakans gathered Saturday for Kodiak's edition of the Santacruzan (Mayflower) festival in the Kodiak Teen Center. The festival, organized by the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, is a Philippine Catholic celebration that commemorates the search for the cross of Jesus in the year 326.

In Kodiak, the Reyna Elena crown is given to the woman who raises the most money for the association. “This is a popularity contest,” said Fil-Am president Mary Guilas-Hawver. “Whoever raises the most money, wins.”

Last year's Reyna Elena, Sophia Alanzo, and last year's Rey Constantino (festival king) Patrick Peralta turned over their crowns to 2012 Reyna Elena Yazmine Calderon and 2012 Rey Constantino Jericho Braga.
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