PIT SENYOR! HAPPY FIESTA SENIOR STO. NIÑO!

PIT SENYOR!

HAPPY FIESTA SENIOR STO. NIÑO!

Sto. NinoThe image of the Santo Niño is the oldest religious image in the Philippines. The wooden image, made by Flemish artisans, was brought to the island by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, just like the Magellan cross. Magellan gave the image Santo  Niño to Queen Juana as a baptismal gift.

The discovery of the 7100 island archipelago in the Philippines has been linked to Spain’s glorious chain of conquests. On September 20, 1519, a fleet of five galleons commanded by Portuguese Navigator Ferdinand Magellan at the service of the king and queen of Spain set sailed from San Lucar de Barrameda to search for the Spice Islands. They did not find the spice island, instead they landed in Limasawa, a small island south of Leyte in the central part of the Philippines. Magellan took possession of the islands and named it after King Philip of Spain. Magellan’s expedition headed for Cebu and found the island very hospitable. He made Cebu the base of his exploration, Christianization and conquests. King Humabon and Queen Juana of Cebu gave him a warm reception and embraced Christianity as well. As gratitude to his hospitality, Magellan agreed to fight with king Humabon who was at war with the neigboring tribe in Mactan island. Magellan was killed in the battle. His men returned to Spain, and that same expedition has also set the record as the first to circumnavigate the earth. Spain sent another expedition to the Far East Region. An Augustinian priest, named Andres Urdaneta, a world-known cosmographer who lived inside the monastic walls of the Augustinian monastery in Mexico was summoned to lead the expedition. On November 21, a memorable expedition left Mexico for the Philippines and arrived in Cebu on April 27, 1565.

DISCOVERY OF THE IMAGE OF THE SANTO NINO Because of Cebuanos suspicion that the Spaniards return has bringing retribution to Magellan’s death, another battle broke out. But heavy artilleries and huge cannons forced the natives to flee to the mountain leaving behind their villages burnt to the ground. As Spanish soldiers surveyed the debris of the village, a soldier found an image of the Child Jesus under the pile of ashes unscathed inside a wooden box.

Sto. Nino2As earlier authenticated entry in the Journal of Pigafetta, clerk in the Magellan expedition, explained the origin of Santo Nino: “On the day Queen Juana was baptized by Father Pedro Valderama, chaplain of that expedition, Pigaffeta himself presented her with the Image.” The same Image now lies in the Basilica del Santo Nino and become a favorite destination for millions of pilgrims each year. For four and half centuries now, the Image of Santo Nino continues to make wonders in the lives of many Filipinos. On the third Sunday of each year, in Cebu, millions will flock to the streets in Cebu for a colorful festivity, honoring the Santo Nino and placing the Island and the entire Philippines under His Patronage. During the last World War, a bomb fell inside the Church but the Image was recovered unscathed. It was one of the numerous miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image.  In 1965 the historic Santo Nino Church was renovated for the observance of the Fourth Centenary of the Christianization of the Philippines held in Cebu City. It was during the centennial celebration that the Sacred Congregation of Rites elevated the Santo Nino Church to the rank of Basilica Minore with all the rights and privileges accruing to such title.

The miraculous image has been the patron saint of the Cebuanos.  At present the miraculous image is kept in the Parish convent and only a replica enshrined in glass is exposed for the people to venerate.

The Magellan Cross

Sto Nino3Cebu’s most famous historical religious landmark is the first wooden religious cross planted by Fernao Magellan on April 14, 1521. Fernao Magellan was the Portuguese explorer, who was sailing for Spain ‘ in the name of the King of Spain’. The cross symbolizes the beginning of the baptizing of the people of the Philippines. The original cross (or remnants of it), it is said, has been preserved. The original cross is now encased in a newer, bigger wooden cross and since 1834 placed on a concrete pedestal inside a small building named “the kiosk”.  It is unclear since when the present cross replaced the original one, but it is believed since 1565.

Sto Nino4Every year, the Sto. Niño fiesta is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of the month of January.  The novena masses start 10days earlier.  The Cebu City and Provincial Government join the Church in the celebration with several programs and activities.  The Church activities are centered on the Church liturgies and procession which are participated by millions of people.

The Sinulog dance contests and Street Dancing contests are sponsored and organized by the city government.  There are also singing contests, group dance contests, choral contests, songwriting contests and Miss Cebu Beauty Pageant.  The people can choose which activity or program to watch day by day and in different places.  All the activities are spectacular.

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A novena mass at the Basilica del  Sto. Niño that is always filled up with people up to the main streets in spite of the fact that the masses are celebrated every one and a half hour interval.

A novena mass at the Basilica del Sto. Niño that is always filled up with people up to the main streets in spite of the fact that the masses are celebrated every one and a half hour interval.

The Sto. Niño fiesta celebration January 8-18, 2015 is the 450th anniversary of the Agustinian presence in the Philippines and the 50th anniversary of the Basilica del Sto. Niño as a minor Basilica.

The Sto. Niño fiesta celebration January 8-18, 2015 is the 450th anniversary of the Agustinian presence in the Philippines and the 50th anniversary of the Basilica del Sto. Niño as a minor Basilica.

The SVD priests concelebrating in one of the novena masses at the Basilica.

The SVD priests concelebrating in one of the novena masses at the Basilica.

The people waving their hands in the singing of the gozos in the novena prayer for Sto. Niño.

The people waving their hands in the singing of the gozos in the novena prayer for Sto. Niño.

Part of the people on the second floor singing the gozos of Sto. Niño hymn.

Part of the people on the second floor singing the gozos of Sto. Niño hymn.

I always cry watching and singing with the people the gozos of Sr. Sto. Niño.  See the waves of the hands and the singing from the heart for Sto. Niño to listen to their prayers.

I always cry watching and singing with the people the gozos of Sr. Sto. Niño. See the waves of the hands and the singing from the heart for Sto. Niño to listen to their prayers.

 

 popefrancis

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