Every Catholic Filipino is holding on some thing to hope for a better year. And every January aside from Nuestro Senior Nazareno, we are adoring this little boy Jesus to give us more blessings.
Sto Nino Jesus, how it become a symbol of hope and joy for us? It was started 500 years ago when Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who worked for Spain and had an expedition to circumnavigate the world in search of spices and expand their Spanish territory. They reached our country on March 16, 1521. They celebrated the first Catholic mass on Limasawa Island in Leyte on March 31, 1521. And when they went to Cebu Island, where He put a big cross which is the famous “Magellan’s Cross” and gifted the Filipino native or Rajah’s with Sto. Nino image as a symbol of peace.
From this time, Sto. Nino is the most recognizable religious image, you can see it every where from the Filipino catholic houses, churches and to the marketplace. Almost Filipinos from Luzon, Visayas and MIndanao celebrate the Sto Nino Festival in every 3rd week of January such us Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Lakbayaw Festival in Tondo Manila, Ati-Atihan in Aklan and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo to name a few.
Most of us will miss to celebrate this tradition of joining the street procession and dancing while holding our little Sto Nino. But our little faith will have a big leap specially on this time of pandemic. We still believe that inspite of what’s happening right now, we can still pray our novena at home and holding our Sto Nino to bless us for this Year 2021. May he helps us to cope up this pandemic and stop to spread the virus and give us a good vaccine for Covid19.
Viva Pit Senior Sto Nino!
- credit to the owners of the Sto. Nino collections who were exhibited last year at Ayala Centre Cebu.