Guam Filipinos honor Santo Ni o tomorrow

Jan 9, 2009 | Posted by: lois sprague | Full story: www.guampdn.com

Some of the regional groups within Guam's Filipino community will unite for the annual celebration in honor of baby Jesus, or Santo Nino, tomorrow.

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The Filipinos Catholic faithful celebration of the baby Jesus or Santo Nino is always observed annually every first week of January. The devotees from the whole country would especially find time to visit Cebu City where the image of Santo Nino is and the "Sinulog Festival" is held. I had lived in Cebu City for 10 years and I also made a devotion to this Child Jesus. Whenever I go home for a holiday, I used to drop by to the Santo Nino Basilica, fall in line to the altar where the Santo Nino image is, as much as possible and afterwards pray with the "Sinulog" faithful and light candles.

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To the Guam Filipinos! Happy Feast of the annual Santo Nino celebration today. May He bless you all and keep you glowing.

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Jan 11, 2009
 
KissandTell wrote:
The Filipinos Catholic faithful celebration of the baby Jesus or Santo Nino is always observed annually every first week of January. The devotees from the whole country would especially find time to visit Cebu City where the image of Santo Nino is and the "Sinulog Festival" is held. I had lived in Cebu City for 10 years and I also made a devotion to this Child Jesus. Whenever I go home for a holiday, I used to drop by to the Santo Nino Basilica, fall in line to the altar where the Santo Nino image is, as much as possible and afterwards pray with the "Sinulog" faithful and light candles.
The "Sinulog Festival" in Cebu City has been a tourist attraction in the past years. Dressed in different custumes for the occasion they danced on the streets in a form of worship and prayer to God and the Santo Nino. If you don't like to do it by yourself you can let the experts do it for you not only for that day but they are there daily to lead your prayers by dancing for a donation.

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Jan 12, 2009
 
From what I've seen --- they show great lengths to show their devotion to their faith. Is this the same one where they whip themselves in penance?

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Jan 12, 2009
 
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From what I've seen --- they show great lengths to show their devotion to their faith. Is this the same one where they whip themselves in penance?
No it's not a penance, "gamerbia". It is a form of prayer in thanksgiving, worshipping, hoping for your request to the Lord. Just like pleasing your father if you want that your asking will be granted. You should try to go there once.
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Jan 12, 2009
 
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The "Sinulog Festival" in Cebu City has been a tourist attraction in the past years. Dressed in different custumes for the occasion they danced on the streets in a form of worship and prayer to God and the Santo Nino. If you don't like to do it by yourself you can let the experts do it for you not only for that day but they are there daily to lead your prayers by dancing for a donation.
Donations? Sigh. I guess I should just be happy the Vatican isn't selling indulgences at the Sinulog Festival.

What does it say for the Festival if it is becoming a tourist attraction? I think Christ might take exception to the faithful partaking in some of the questionable practices becoming part of the spiritual ritual of the saints. Is it necessary to commercialize everything in the name of the Father?

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Donations? Sigh. I guess I should just be happy the Vatican isn't selling indulgences at the Sinulog Festival.
What does it say for the Festival if it is becoming a tourist attraction? I think Christ might take exception to the faithful partaking in some of the questionable practices becoming part of the spiritual ritual of the saints. Is it necessary to commercialize everything in the name of the Father?
As I said beforehand, these "Sinulog" people they are there to lead you to your prayer through a dance. I'm sorry to say, but they are there as a means of living by selling candles and by doing "Sinulog".
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As I said beforehand, these "Sinulog" people they are there to lead you to your prayer through a dance. I'm sorry to say, but they are there as a means of living by selling candles and by doing "Sinulog".
The Whirling Dervishes do something similar with dance. I just disagree with the commercialism of Christian prayer and it sounds as if the Catholic Church in Cebu doesn't speak out against the practice. How can the Church appear unhypocritical if they don't correct improper habits of the saints they minister?
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We had a big feast day celebration in honor of Santo Nino last Sunday. Hundreds of Filipinos brought images of the Nino for dancing and blessings. The numerous stories of miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image, continues to make wonders in the lives of many Filipinos.

Definitely, no commercialism, it's more on belief and spiritual gain.

More power to Santo Nino. I for one had witnessed the changes of His image from a very angry facial expression to a very playful laughing image. It was in a Chapel built by a community with 100 residents. After a year, the chapel was totally abandoned that it looked like a jungle due to big/tall shrubs around the chapel. I was contacted to help make it right. Getting inside the Chapel, the 3 Statues of Santo Nino looked very angry. I shivered with fear. After a couple of months cleaning, putting flowers and candles every weekend, I found them smiling big!

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We had a big feast day celebration in honor of Santo Nino last Sunday. Hundreds of Filipinos brought images of the Nino for dancing and blessings. The numerous stories of miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image, continues to make wonders in the lives of many Filipinos.
Definitely, no commercialism, it's more on belief and spiritual gain.
More power to Santo Nino. I for one had witnessed the changes of His image from a very angry facial expression to a very playful laughing image. It was in a Chapel built by a community with 100 residents. After a year, the chapel was totally abandoned that it looked like a jungle due to big/tall shrubs around the chapel. I was contacted to help make it right. Getting inside the Chapel, the 3 Statues of Santo Nino looked very angry. I shivered with fear. After a couple of months cleaning, putting flowers and candles every weekend, I found them smiling big!
Bravo, "Great Believer" for your great faith and good deed for the Holy Image of Santo Nino. Great to hear your story about the faith of many Filipinos to this Child Jesus. Keep up the good work. Smile, God loves you!!!
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Let visitors greet the Niņo

By Malou Guanzon-Apalisok
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:57:00 01/16/2009

Filed Under: Religion & Belief, Religions

Cebuanos have many ways of telling that Sinulog is fast approaching. One is when they get stuck in heavy traffic, and when they see hordes of shoppers and revelers trooping to street bazaars in Colon and Osmeņa boulevard.

City officials talk of a million people coming and going to Cebu City for festivities that honor the Holy Child. The presence of domestic and foreign tourists, balikbayans and businessmen and the thousands of devotees from other parts of the country emphasize the fact that culture is a strong force for progress.

Praise Santo Nino! For it is good to sing praises to Santo Nino, for it is pleasant and praise is beautiful! Pit Senor!

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Let visitors greet the Niņo
By Malou Guanzon-Apalisok
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:57:00 01/16/2009
Filed Under: Religion & Belief, Religions
Cebuanos have many ways of telling that Sinulog is fast approaching. One is when they get stuck in heavy traffic, and when they see hordes of shoppers and revelers trooping to street bazaars in Colon and Osmeņa boulevard.
City officials talk of a million people coming and going to Cebu City for festivities that honor the Holy Child. The presence of domestic and foreign tourists, balikbayans and businessmen and the thousands of devotees from other parts of the country emphasize the fact that culture is a strong force for progress.
Praise Santo Nino! For it is good to sing praises to Santo Nino, for it is pleasant and praise is beautiful! Pit Senor!
Thank you very much for your message "Visaya". I'm glad to know the strong spiritual faith of the Filipino. As a matter of fact, 80% out of 90m population are Roman Catholics which I'm very proud of...

In Cebu City is the famous Santo Nino celebration. Praise Santo Nino! Pit Senor, that's what they used to call.
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Thank you very much for your message "Visaya". I'm glad to know the strong spiritual faith of the Filipino. As a matter of fact, 80% out of 90m population are Roman Catholics which I'm very proud of...
In Cebu City is the famous Santo Nino celebration. Praise Santo Nino! Pit Senor, that's what they used to call.
You're welcome! The celebrant Priest during our fiesta was from Cebu. He explained the history of Santo Nino and the meaning of Pit Senor!

Pit Senor!

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You're welcome! The celebrant Priest during our fiesta was from Cebu. He explained the history of Santo Nino and the meaning of Pit Senor!
Pit Senor!
They call the Child Jesus Pit Senor. "Visaya" I would appreciate it if you could post the explanation of the priest. Thanks in advance!!!
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They call the Child Jesus Pit Senor. "Visaya" I would appreciate it if you could post the explanation of the priest. Thanks in advance!!!
It's a sort of adoration and respect. Like when you call your younger brother "ading" for Ilocanos and "kuya" for elder brother in tagalog.

I just read the "Sinulog" in Cebu which was attended by more than 2 million people. Greater number than the Nazareno in Quiapo.

But we have more attendance in our celebration of the feast day of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz last September.

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It's a sort of adoration and respect. Like when you call your younger brother "ading" for Ilocanos and "kuya" for elder brother in tagalog.
I just read the "Sinulog" in Cebu which was attended by more than 2 million people. Greater number than the Nazareno in Quiapo.
But we have more attendance in our celebration of the feast day of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz last September.
Take care. God Bless!!
Thanks for your reply "Visaya". That's very kind of you. Everytime I visit home, when I'm in Cebu City, I used to visit the Basilica. Cebu City alone with almost 3m population, I can compare the Senor Santo Nino Church as a little St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. Everday faithful come and go and the church goers on Sundays are overflowing at every Holy Masses. 2m people attended last "Sinulog" that's a lot for a crowded city.

Take good care, too!!!
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Mabuhay and cheers!!!

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Your attention please, brothers and sisters!

Let me share with you my joy today in recollecting that unforgettable and extraordinary day in my life on Holy Thursday, Chrismal Mass- March 20, 2008. God surprised me by receiving a Holy Communion personally from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica. Words could hardly express my extreme happiness at that moment just like winning a jackpot in a lottery. I felt as if I was high for Christ. I could still cry for joy in reminiscing how lucky I was! That's the photo in my avatar. Thank you Lord again and again, for that precious and rare moment.
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Your attention please, brothers and sisters!
Let me share with you my joy today in recollecting that unforgettable and extraordinary day in my life on Holy Thursday, Chrismal Mass- March 20, 2008. God surprised me by receiving a Holy Communion personally from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica. Words could hardly express my extreme happiness at that moment just like winning a jackpot in a lottery. I felt as if I was high for Christ. I could still cry for joy in reminiscing how lucky I was! That's the photo in my avatar. Thank you Lord again and again, for that precious and rare moment.
Lord, Lord!

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