Feast of Santo Niño at San Agustin Seminary

Feast of Santo Niño at San Agustín Seminary

I attended Mass today at the San Agustin Seminary [Fisheries St., off Visayas Ave., Quezon City] and the Mass celebration of the Feast of the Santo Niño¹ was GRAND! [Asistí a la Misa hoy en el Seminario de San Agustín en Quezon City…lo pasé en grande, pues se celebró la Misa para la Fiesta del “Señor Santo Niño” por todo lo alto!]

We began with the traditional Procession with the Image of the Santo Niño along the “esplanade” (driveway, actually, which was long & winding) along with the traditional “Sinulog” ceremonial dance by some “ati-atihan” dancers.  [Se empezó con la procesión tradicional con la imagen del “Señor Santo Niño” que se ha venerado en Filipinas desde que se evangelizó Filipinas en los años 1500.  A la imagen suele acompañarla una multitud llevando también imágenes del Niño Jesús, a quien nos confiamos para que aprendamos a amar la voluntad de Dios Padre…]

…todo el tiempo nos acompañaba la música viva de los tambores…

The line of Ossuaries or Columbaries along the [processional] way…

Upon entering the Church… [A la entrada de la Iglesia…]

Una fotos de la solemne entrada en la Iglesia…

The Processional Hymn [El Canto de la Entrada]

Viva Santo Niño! Pit, Señor! (4X)”

Luego de la lectura del Evangelio, el director espiritual de la Cofradía del Santo Niño de Cebú [sección Centro de Estudios de San Agustín] instaló los nuevos miembros de la Cofradía…

The Dominican Priest, Father Enrico, reminded us about “Mission and Responsibility” during the Homily, on commenting on the passage “The Kingdom of God is in your midst!” [El sacerdote que presidía, Padre Enrico, dominicano, nos recordaba de la responsabilidad que lleva consigo la misión que se nos ha confiado…]

During Offertory, the choir sang “Gozos – Batobalani sa Gugma” = Magnet of Love.²

Al final de la Misa, se procedió a la bendición de los niños y los bebés…

When the Mass was done, we were invited to witness the performance of the Sinulog by the First Year batch Seminarians.  [Luego, los Seminaristas de la primera promoción actuaron la danza ceremonial Sinulog en honor del “Señor Santo Niño…]

Siempre hay un bailarín principal que lleva y baila con la imagen del Santo Niño…

Con los monjes…y todo el mundo…en una ‘danza de clausura’…

Antes de salir, pude saludar a los seminaristas JAY y NASH [mi familia financia, en parte, sus estudios en este Seminario]: provienen de la ciudad de Iloílo, que ofrece mucha promesa para darnos muchas vocaciones…de religiosos…de sacerdotes…vocaciones para la Obra… 🙂


¹ [Taken from the ‘Perpetual Novena to Sto. Niño de Cebú’] On April 28, 1565, Juan Camus, a sailor in Legaspi’s fleet, found in a modest house of the then village of Cebu the image of Sto. Niño which at the time all agreed had been brought from Europe.  Deeply impressed by this finding and aware of its significance, Legaspi ordered an official inquiry; the document, drawn on May 16 of the same year and still extant in the archives of the Sto. Niño Convent of Cebu, tells us from the testimony of eyewitnesses that the image was found inside a small pine box, preserved in almost perfect condition; it had on a little shirt and a cap; two of its right hand’s fingers were raised in a gesture of blessing, while the left hand held a globe symbolizing the world.

In solemn procession the Image was carried to the provincial Church the Augustinian Fathers were using at the time; later, another Church was built on the exact location where the Image had been found.  This is the site of the Sto. Niño Church where the Augustinians have cared for the Image and the Filipino people have venerated it through the centuries.

An earlier authenticated entry in the journal of Pigafetta, clerk in the Magellan expedition, explains the origin of Santo Niño; the the day Queen Juana was baptized by Father Pedro Valderrama, Chaplain of that expedition, Pigafetta himself presented her with the Image.

During the last World War, a bomb fell inside the Church but the Image was found unscathed.  It was one of the numberless miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image.

In 1965, the interior of the historic Church was renovated for the observance of the Fourth Centenary of the Christianization of the Philippines held in Cebu City.  It was during this celebration that the Church, on April 1, 1965, was elevated to the rank of Basilica Minore by the Sacred Congregation of Rites with all the rights and privileges accruing to such title.

With the full cooperation and support of the Filipino people and sanctioned by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the Augustinian Fathers have built a marble chapel inside the Basilica.  Construction of the chapel started in August 1975.  This fitting shrine of Santo Niño now serves as the center of devotion of Catholic Philippines.  Here the miraculous Image of the comforter of the first missionaries and now Patron of the Philippines is being honored and venerated.

To preserve our religious and cultural heritage, President Ferdinand Marcos had, since August 1, 1973, declared the Basilica and Convent of the Santo Niño as National Shrine together with other historical places in the Philippines.

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² Gozos – Batobalani sa Gugma (Hymn):


Batobalani sa gugma,  sa daan tawo palanga
Magnet of Love, Who is loved by people of old times

To us, we hope you be merciful  (Have mercy on us)

who/that to you plead

Dinhi sa siudad sa Sugbo, ang matahum larawan
here in the city of Cebu, the beautiful image

sa unang mga misionero, sa usang balay hipalgan
of the first missionaries, in a house they found

Kanila ikaw nagpakita, gikan da sa imong gugma
to them You revealed Yourself, coming from (out of) Your love


Have mercy on us who plead to You

Giludhan ikaw gisingba
Those who adore You (go to mass)  kneel before You

niadtong mga kaparian, sa tanan nga katawhan
the priests who come, to all peoples

sa mga ponoan nila: kay sa pag-tan-aw kanimo
to/from their… origins?   because by seeing You

Kristianos sila nahimo.

they become (are made) Christians


Have mercy on us who plead to You

Ang singbahan gipatindog niadtong mga tawhana

The church built by the people who came

aron ang larawan nimo dunay usang puluyanan
so that Your image may have one.. birthplace / home

ug didto gihangyo nila nga kaluyan nimo sila
and there they plead that You have mercy on them


Have mercy on us who plead to You

Nangayo kami kanimo nga ang matahum mong larawan,
We beseech You that Your beautiful image

sa sulud sa kalag namo
inside the spirits of ours (within our spirits)

makahimong puluyanan,
make a… birthplace? or home?

kay sa tanan kinahanglan ikaw ang among dalangpan
because all in need (who hunger), You are our refuge


Have mercy on us who plead to You

[Thanks to my brother, for providing the translation to English…]

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Basilica del Santo Niño Official Website:


YouTube – Cebu’s SINULOG Festival:


[Music Background originally sung by Cebu’s Sheryn Regis entitled AMONG GABAYAN and composed by Father Jed. The song is about true devotion and prayers to  Señor Santo Niño.]

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Viva Santo Niño! Pit, Señor!

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