UPDATE: Sto Niño De Arevalo Fiesta 2012
Yesterday, the third Sunday of January, towns and cities all over the country celebrated the feast of Señor Sto Niño. Here in Iloilo City, the feast is very special as the fiesta honors and gives thanks to the blessings showered by Señor Sto Nino. It also gives emphasis to the heritage of the third oldest image of Sto Nino in the Philippines – the 1581 Sto Nino De Arevalo.
If you were not there yesterday at Villa Arevalo Parish, let my photos take you back and join the thousands of Villahanons in celebrating the feast of Senor Sto Nino. Viva Senor Sto Nino!
Time: 6 AM – I attended the first Mass officiated by the Parish Priest. It was a solemn and cold morning. The atmosphere at the church was festive yet you could feel the religiosity of the day.
Time: 6:40 AM – The Mass was about to finish and I went at the old convent to check the participants of the procession. The carosa of the Pilgrim Image of Sto Nino was already prepared at the side.
Time: 7:30 AM – Young boys dressed as Sto Nino are being arranged in front of processional parade. They were followed by girls dressed as angels. I couldn’t miss the young Niño being sleepy and the one still with pacifier.
Time: 8 AM – Parish officials were getting cranky, I guess. The procession should have started 30 minutes ago. Still it was traffic outside, as cars parked inside the church grounds are moving out. The fiesta queen poised for the shot with her nice smile.
Time: 8:10 AM – At last the procession started. The acolytes led the procession. It was beautiful sunny day. The streets are filled with people adoring the Sto Nino. Houses along the procession route placed images of Sto Nino in front of their gates. From the church, the procession passed at Bonifacio Street, then to Arroyo exiting at the National Highway and turning right back to the plaza. After the carosa of Senor Sto Nino moved out of the plaza, I joined the procession.
Time: 9 AM – I entered the church and took pictures of the altar. The church was already filled as they wait for the High Mass to start. I first gave thanks and my prayers in front of the original image of Sto Nino De Arevalo. I can’t describe my feeling meeting Him face to face. This is the only time in the year they allow public viewing of the image.
Time: 9:15 AM – Archbishop Angel Lagdameo and other priests were preparing to start the concelebrated High Mass. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog also arrived at the church.
Time: 9:20 AM – The High Mass started – it was very religious as the choir sang beautifully some Latin church songs. If you would close your eyes, it’s as if you’re hearing a Mass in Rome (but in Hiligaynon). =)
Time: 9:40 AM – The Homily was delivered by Rev. Fr. Midyphil Billones. It was an enlightening perspective on how we Filipinos revere Senor Sto Nino.
Time: 10:15 AM – Final blessings were given by the Archbishop of Jaro. People converged (including me) near the altar for the “palapak“.
Sto Niño De Arevalo Fiesta 2012 (Posted January 10, 2012)
Along with the Dinagyang Festival, people across the country will be commemorating the Feast of Senor Sto Niño. Here in Iloilo City, we’re also commemorating and emphasizing the devotion to the Child Jesus. This devotion had been here for centuries since the arrival of the image of Senor Sto Niño de Arevalo in 1581.
I encourage you to participate in this year’s celebrations at Villa Arevalo and show our devotion to the Child Jesus. Show our respect and our love to Senor Sto Nino. Here’s the schedule of events and Masses at Villa Arevalo Parish, the home of the 1581 Sto Niño De Arevalo:
December 31 to January 8 – Novena of Jesus De Nazareno
January 9 – Feast Day of Jesus De Nazareno / Procession after 6 AM Mass
Novena and Feast of Senor Sto Niño De Arevalo:
January 6 to 14: Novena
January 14 (Vesperas) – 5:00 PM Mass
January 15 (Feast Day)
6:00 AM – First Mass, Procession after 6 AM Mass
8:00 AM – Concelebrated High Mass
9:30 AM – Third Mass
11:00 AM – Baptism
4:30 PM – Fourth Mass
Learn more about the 1581 Image of Sto Nino De Arevalo here in my post:
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