Grand Parade of Santo Niño in Pasay

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The pandemic made a variety of restrictions explicit on how we have fun conventional fiestas. These colourful celebrations had been both tamed down or utterly canceled. Now that the whole lot goes again to regular, all of those colourful and festive celebrations are actually in full swing. January is the month once we have fun the feast of the toddler Jesus. Figuring out that the picture of the Holy Toddler was among the many first three items given by Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon and his spouse after their arrival in Cebu, it has develop into an necessary a part of our historical past and tradition. The Santo Niño de Cebu is taken into account because the oldest surviving Catholic relic within the Philippines. The honored and miraculous picture is now enshrined within the chapel throughout the Basilica Minor del Santo Niño de Cebu.  Cebuanos often venerate the picture with colourful out of doors actions together with their well-known Sinulog Competition that usually attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees all around the nation.

Since then, Filipino’s devotion to Santo Niño constantly grew. It’s plain that Santo Niño is likely one of the most beloved and recognizable cultural icons within the nation. Santo Niño de Cebu can also be one of many solely 4 canonically topped Christological photos on this planet together with Santo Bambino of Aracoeli (Italy), Bambino Gesu de Arenzano (Italy), and Santo Niño de Praga (Czech Republic). The picture of Santo Niño is replicated in lots of components of the nation and most got with totally different titles. Very like how Filipinos are venerating Mary and the way she get her titles in several components of the world (Test: Intramuros Grand Marian Procession).

Santo Niño receives titles primarily based on plenty of elements. Some titles got here from the place they’re honored (there’s the picture of Santo Niño de Tondo, Santo Niño de Pandacan, Santo Niño de Romblon, and many others.). Some titles are primarily based on totally different depictions or portrayals of Child Jesus (there’s the Sleeping Santo Niño,  Santo Niño de Ardour, Santo Niño de Belen, and extra). Curiously, Filipinos are additionally keen on offering distinctive titles to Santo Niño primarily based on their occupation and different distinctive ideas. There’s a Santo Niño Panadero, Santo Niño Labrador, Santo Niño de Mananahi, and extra. Camareros of Santo Niño typically gown up their photos in many various methods relying on how the Santo Niño is depicted.

Bambino de Aracoeli, as an example, is commonly swaddled in golden cloth, carrying a crown, and adorned with numerous gem stones and jewels donated by devotees whereas the picture of Santo Niño de Cebu is commonly depicted as a Spanish Monarch that wears wonderful vestment, gold crown, orb, and scepter.

Identical to different cities and provinces within the nation, Pasay additionally put their Santo Niño festivities in full swing. Over 350 photos of Santo Niño had been displayed contained in the Pasay Astrodome from January 19 til the twenty eighth. On twenty ninth of January, greater than 100 of those Santo Niño photos joined the grand parade which began from the Pasay Metropolis Corridor.

This was my first time to witness the occasion and I used to be fascinated by the overwhelming variety of devotees who attended the parade. It additionally jogs my memory of the colourful Karakol of Santo Niño in Kawit, Cavite (Test: A Festive Grand Karakol of Santo Niño in Kawit, Cavite). Listed here are some stills from the lately held Grand Parade of Santo Niño in Pasay.


The ten-day Santo Niño Celebration was achieved with the joint effort of the Congregacion del Nombre de Jesus Inc and the Pasay Metropolis Authorities. This celebration has develop into yearly custom for the Pasayenos and so they have been celebrating for 43 years. The pictures of the Santo Niños are mounted on superbly adorned carozzas and andas. They’re accompanied by avenue dancers, bands, and a flock of devotees from totally different barangays in Pasay.
_DSC0514tSanto Niño del Virameca. This one is a variant of Santo Niño de Mananahi which is a typical interpretation of the Toddler Jesus within the Philippines depicting child Jesus sitting in entrance of a stitching machine.
_DSC0528tSanto Niño de Construccion. I feel a lot of the Santo Niño titles from this parade are primarily based on the sort of enterprise the homeowners has. A few of that are additionally primarily based on the proprietor’s household title.
_DSC0533tSanto Niño de Molino from Molino, Cavite (Test: Santo Niño de Molino Parish)
_DSC0543tSanto Niño del Sagrada Familia
_DSC0551tRoad dancers

_DSC0569tSan Jose
Santa Maria

Santo Niño de Praga
Santo Niño de Eucharistia
Bands through the parade
_DSC0613t Santo Niño de Tondo (Test: Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Tondo)
Road Dancer

Santo Bambino de Aracoeli
Santo Niño de Atocha
Devotees additionally introduced their very own Santo Niño with them through the parade
_DSC0647tSanto Niño dela Suerte

Santo Niño de Cebu
_DSC0653t Not like the equally-festive karakol of Santo Niño in Kawit, the Grand Parade in Pasay doesn’t give a lot of selection in terms of Santo Niño titles. There are carozzas loaded with a number of Santo Niños of similar form. These are most likely photos owned by totally different residents of the identical barangay.



A set of Santo Niño photos in a single carozza.
Santo Niño de Marino
Santo Niño dela Suerte
Santo Niño de Valencia



Santo Niño de Grant

Santo Niño de Plata


A Sinulog-inspired Road dance

Whereas watching the parade, you’ll be able to really feel the energetic and joyful spirit of all of the devotees who joined the occasion. It’s been three years because the Pandemic strikes the nation and it is a nice indication that we’re lastly getting again to regular.
Santo Niño del Principe
Santo Niño de Tondo
Take a look at this cool little child all dressed up for the celebration in honor of Santo Niño
Santo Niño Mapagbigay
Santo Niño de Fish Vendor
Tribo Malate
One other assortment of Santo Niño photos from numerous homeowners and communities in Pasay.



Santo Niño de ICBG



Santo Niño de Santissimo Sacramento
Santo Niño de Sapatero
Santo Niño de Pastol



Santo Niño Agotado


Santo Niño de Orpilla





Santo Niño de Caballero








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