(By Louie Nacorda, Commissioner of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) of Cebu City,
and a member of Parish Pastoral Council of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Parish)
My first encounter with the Santo Niño (Holy Child) came via his widely venerated image in what was then known as the Church of St. Agustin (now the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu) in downtown Cebu, where my first school, the Colegio del Santo Niño is located.
Pray for Senyor Santo Niño's blessings
Proponents of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) led by Arlett Capistrano and Herbert Laboy joined the 2017 Fiesta Senyor festivities to pray for Senyor Santo Niño's blessings.
The Senyor Santo Niño is the miraculous image of the Holy Child Jesus housed at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City. It is said to be the image that the conquistador Ferdinand Magellan brought to the Philippines and gave then Rajah Juana as a gift during her baptism in 1521.
Filling up a plush hotel ballroom with 4,000 Cebuanos on a Monday three days before payday proved to be a challenging task when organizers of the Cebu hit Diva2Diva concert began selling tickets during the long 2008 Christmas vacation.
To recall, both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fell on a Thursday. Considering that the Philippines celebrated Jose Rizal Day – to commemorate the death of the national hero – on December 30, 2008, the whole country experienced the longest Christmas holiday in years.