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Fiestas, flowers, and elections this May

THE month of May is a special one for Filipinos. It is the month of fiestas, with many towns all over the country honoring their patron saints. It is the month of special festivals that draw visitors from all over the country and from around the world. It is the month of flowers, for the rains start falling in May after the hot summer months, and the scent of sampaguitas, ilang-ilang, roses, and other blooms – the Flores de Mayo – is in the air.