Last January 21, 2018, on the feast of Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus), the parishioners of Santa Tersita Parish were gathered at West Rembo Covered Court for the Sinulog Festival. It as an act of thanksgiving in a form of dance in honor of the Child Jesus and in commemoration of the birth of Catholicism in the Philippines way back in the year 1521, where the first image of Santo Nino came in the country.
At around 1:00 PM, the celebration started with an opening prayer led by Fr. Angelo Pusikit, SMM, assistant parish priest of Santa Teresita Parish followed by the procession with street dancing. The procession was participated by the Montfort Fathers, the parish community, seminarians and devotees of Santo Nino. After the procession, the Sinulog Dance Festival began and was partaken by the Parish Organizations such as: the Catechetical Ministry, the Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) Group, Youth/Music Ministry, and the CFC-Handmaids Group. The celebration ended with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Richard Magararu, SMM, Parish Priest with his concelebrants, Fr. Federick Yumang, SMM, Fr. Rene Bustillo, SMM, and Fr. Wordy, SMM. In his homily, Fr. Richard reminded the devotees saying, “the feast of Senor Santo Nino invites us to have a heart and an attitude of a child, a childlike character, not a childish one, in which the nature of Santo Nino who is humble, trustful, and innocent.” He also added that, “adults should be like children; easy to forgive and dependent to the Lord’s protection and blessings in their lives.”
Before the final blessing, the winners of the Dance Festival were announced. The people with their statues of Santo Nino were blessed too. It was indeed a blessed experience for all and the joyful celebration which deepens the devotion of the faithful to Santo Nino and practicing one’s authentic devotion, manifesting the richness and beauty of it.
Viva Pit Senor!