January in the Philippines is a very important month for the Roman Catholics. We celebrate the Feasts of the Black Nazarene and the Sto. Nino (Child Jesus).
The most famous festivals happen in Quiapo , Manila and Cebu. Pilgrims flock to these places to show their love, devotion and penance.
|The Santo Niño or Child Jesus|
For more than 400 years, the Philippines, was colonized by Spain which brought Catholicism to the country. Tradition, culture and society have been ingrained by what we have learned centuries ago.
We celebrate through prayers, parades, singing, dancing and just being with family and friends.
Here are some images of the Child Jesus that are showcased yearly in Ayala Mall in Cebu City when the Sinulog Festival kicks in.
It depicts the Sto. Nino in different costumes dressed according to what the owner wants. Some icons are decades-old even hundreds-old. They've been passed on to family from generations. They're displayed in homes, offices, establishments or even in vehicles. The devotion to the Holy Child Jesus cannot be measured.
Don't forget to visit the Santo Niño exhibit and wonder at the artistry and faithfulness these implies.