After viewing the YouTube video posted on OAHIC this Holy Week, March 10-15, 2023,
of the elaborate hand-crafted dried palm weaving, it was reminiscent of how My Mother
use to weave the crosses with her group from St. Joseph's of Cupertino Catholic Church.
The group was YLI Young Ladies Institute, and for a time my mother, Jacqueline Apa Federico,
was the YLI President. We also would see those palm crosses attached to pictures of Christ, Holy Mary,
and a Saint or two.
Both of my grandmothers made small, simple palm crosses and placed them on a wall in each room of the house. My maternal grandmother placed them next to the light switches.