Ang fiesta ng Tondo or Sto. Niño ay ang pangatlong holiday ng buwan ng Enero. Bagong Taon ang una ang sumunod ay ang Black Nazarene ngayon naman ay ang Feast of Sto. Nino. Nagkataon lang na ang parte ng tondo na kinakibilangan ko ay sa mayo pa ang fiesta. But it doesn’t mean you can’t go to Tondo and celebrate, every one is welcome and surely you’ll have fun. But before you go, here are some of my tips for you. First leave your valuables and all your problems behind, if you’ll bring extra money aside from your transpo allowance and meal, hide it in a safe place, be cautious but not too cautious it will ruin all the fun. Second do wear a pair of sandals cause going to Tondo’s fiesta would mean you have to walk.. walk and walk and it is much comfy. Third stay out of trouble!, it’s like a curse of Tondo that every fiesta there’s always a casualty to be recorded. Fourth don’t forget to bring your camera for there are lots of nice things to shoot.
VIVA STO NINO.
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Feast of Sto. Niño draws devotees to Tondo
Around 30,000 people celebrated the Feast of Sto. Niño in Tondo, Manila, ABS-CBN News reported Saturday. Devotees filled the Sto. Niño Church in Tondo, many bringing their own images of the saint. People also danced during the procession as a form of devotion to the Sto. Niño, as well as a nod to the time when ancient Filipinos first welcomed the saint during the Spanish occupation, reported correspondent Niko Baua. Brother Henry Sy of the Sto. Niño Parish Pastoral Council said that the festival started in 1572 when the saint’s image was brought to Tondo from Acapulco, Mexico, only a few years after a similar image was brought to Cebu by Spanish conquistadores. “Lahat ng hiling mo kay Sto. Niño gina-grant. Kung gusto mong magka-anak, kung gusto mong yumaman, para sa good health, lahat ‘yan gina-grant naman niya (Everything one asks from the Sto. Niño, he grants it. Having a child, wealth, good health – he grants them all),” said Sy.Aside from a procession along the city’s streets, there will also be a fluvial procession, which was revived in 2001 according to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.The image of the Sto. Niño will also be carried in a procession early morning and evening on Sunday for devotees coming from the provincevia http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storyPage.aspx?storyId=106182
MANILA, Philippines – The Filipinos’ love and devotion to the Christ Child is phenomenal. This will again be manifested today when churches in every town and city hold Masses and processions.
In Cebu City, people will hear Mass at the Pilgrim Center across the Basilica de Sto. Niño while others will light candles in the church or touch the image.
Cebuanos and guests will then dance the “Sinulog” to the beat of drums and shouts of “Pit Señor! Viva Sto. Niño!” Going to Cebu for the fiesta is a panata for devotees wishing to thank Him for answered prayers.
Historical accounts say before Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu in 1521, Sinulog was danced by the natives in honor of wooden idols and anitos. Magellan introduced Christianity, giving the Sto. Niño as a baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Cebu’s Rajah Humabon and who became Queen Juana.
During the 44 years between the coming of Magellan and Legazpi, natives danced the Sinulog but this time as a sign of reverence to the Sto. Niño, who is now enshrined in the San Agustin Church. The church later became the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.
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