Quantcast
Latest Stories

Same procession route, different Sto. Niño icons

By ,

A different replica of the Sto. Niño de Cebu image will sail on a galleon down the Mactan Channel for the fluvial procession on Jan. 19.

The sea procession will start in Mandaue City at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than in previous years.

And the icon will no longer stop by the Ouano residence for prayer rituals in order to avoid crowding and schedule delays.

For the solemn foot procession in Cebu City in the afternoon, however, the same 5.8-kilometer route as last year’s will be used.

These are some of the changes announced yesterday by Agustinan rector Fr. Jonas Mejares of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, which leads the religious activities of the 2013 Sto. Niño Fiesta.

The original wooden icon remains in a chapel of the centuries-old basilica in downtown Cebu City where the number of devotees will swell as nine-day novena Masses start today leading up to the feast day on Jan. 20.

Fr. Mejares said they chose to feature for this year’s sea procession the image of the Child Jesus that is kept inside the basilica museum.

“That image has been brought to various places. Its face is close to the original Sto. Niño,” he said in a press conference yesterday at the basilica’s Aula Magna.

“The original Sto. Niño is the one venerated by people (inside the basilica)).”

Fr. Mejares said the Augustinian friars, who supervise the basilica, chose not to use for religious processions the original Sto. Niño image given as baptismal gift by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Cebu’s Queen Juana in 1521.

The original image of the Child Jesus, which survived fires and quakes, can be distinguished through a visible scratch on the right cheek and traces of black paint on the forehead.

A steel-bracket was placed to support the back of the image.

The religious feast officially starts today with the “Walk With Jesus” from Fuente Osmeña to the basilica at 4:30 am.

For many years, the annual fluvial procession used an image of the Sto. Niño owned by the Cebu Archdiocese and kept under the custody of Msgr. Cristobal Garcia.

The image is venerated at the Archdiocese Shrine of Hesus Nazareno in Cansojong, Talisay city. It was blessed by Pope John Paul II when it was brought by Garcia to Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence in Italy in 1990.

For the solemn foot procession in the afternoon of Jan. 19, a separate icon at the rector’s office will be used.

Mejares said this image has features that closest resemble the original Sto. Niño.

The Augustinians are using the same 5.8-kilometer route as last year’s solemn foot procession on Jan. 19. The prayer walk will start at 1:30 p.m.

From the basilica, the carrozas of St. Joseph, Our Lady of Consolation, and the Sto. Niño de Cebu will pass along Osmeña Boulevard.

Upon reaching the Fuente Osmeña circle, the procession will proceed to General Maxilom Avenue, Imus Street, MJ Cuenco Avenue, Osmena Boulevard near Plaza Independencia and back to the basilica.

No firecrackers or “kwitis” are allowed to protect the crowd from injuries but pyrotechnics which light up the sky can be used.

The rosary will be led by lay ministers in Cebuano and English at the Pilgrim Center while the procession is going on. The prayers will be aired live over radio dyLA, the official media partner of the basilica. In past years, the rosary was recited in Tagalog, Ilonggo and other Filipino langugages and sometimes Spanish, Latin, Italian and German.

The fluvial procession will start at 6 a.m. at the Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City, through the Mactan channel to pier 1 in Cebu City.

Pat Acabodillo, who heads the Mandaue City preparations, said the image will no longer be brought inside the Ouano compound.

“We noticed that whenever the image is brought to the Ouano compound for some rituals, the people would rush there and the transfer of the image to the Ouano owned galleon gets delayed,” he said. With Correspondent Christine Emily L. Pantaleon


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Other Stories:

No related posts found!


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: fluvial processions , Sto. Niño de Cebu




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. US teacher fired over comment on black president
  2. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  3. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  4. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  9. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Mixed feelings for Gabriel Garcia Marquez in hometown
  • Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies
  • Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’–report
  • Pakistan library named ‘bin Laden,’ as memory fades
  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Sports

  • Duke’s Rodney Hood joining Jabari Parker in NBA draft
  • Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet
  • Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors
  • Motivated LeBron James preps for postseason
  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • OFW from UAE tests negative for MERS-Cov–health chief
  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement