Maria Ozawa recently captivated her Filipino fans in the town of Candelaria, Quezon Province in The Philippines when she joined a local festival tradition known as
The former adult-film star wore a traditional Filipino gown during the last day of the month-long celebration “Santacruzan” held on May 31.
The festivities, described as part beauty pageant, part religious education exercise, include a parade of Flores de Mayo “queens” who re-enact the search of the “true cross” by St. Helena, Empress of the Roman Empire, and mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.
Ozawa posted some images of the event on her Facebook account on Saturday, noting that the experience made her feel “so much closer now” to the Philippines.
“It was an honor to attend the Sagala Parade 2018, which is also known for Flores de Mayo,” the popular Japanese star wrote. “As a foreigner working here in the Philippines I feel so much closer now to this country by attending this parade and was able to wear the Filipino traditional gown that I always wanted to try 👸 And the best part was that it rained during the parade which means it’s a “blessing” from the sky. Thank you to all the people in Candelaria who came to the parade and special thanks to Cong. Alcala for this opportunity. Much love, Maria.”
Ozawa, who quit the AV industry in 2010 to pursue her goals, has found a new home (and a new boyfriend) in The Philippines after moving from Japan.