The Philippine festival Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) is a month-long religious celebration that ends with a parade that has women and girls walking around town wearing regal gowns.
Local celebrities are sometimes invited to join but the town of Candelaria, Quezon province went on a somewhat unconventional route when they invited former adult film actress, Maria Ozawa to the event, a moment Ozawa shared on Facebook over the weekend.
“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,” she wrote in her caption.
According to Ozawa’s post, she was invited to the event by Congressperson Vicente J. Alcala.
Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) is a devotion for the Virgin Mary that’s celebrated in towns all over the country.
Participants of the closing procession called the Santacruzan are given titles such as “Divina Pastora” (Divine Shepherdess), “Reyna del Santísimo Rosario” (Queen of the Most Holy Rosary), and “Reyna Luna” (Queen Moon).
Ozawa’s Facebook post has reached close to 3,000 reactions, close to 400 shares, and more than 200 comments.
Wrote Iza Antonio: “You look like a real life (sic) fairy godmother.”
For Monica Ferrer, Ozawa looked like a “fabulous fairytale.”
Clariz Pasamba loved it that Ozawa was in Quezon province. She wrote: “Wow, you went to my home province.”
Originally from Hokkaido, Japan, Ozawa has been living in the Philippines since 2016.
In 2015, she starred in the local film Nilalang (Entity) and is now a part-owner of a lounge in Remington Hotel.
Aside from the Philippines, Ozawa is well-known in Indonesia, Taiwan, as well as mainland China.