Happy Feast of the Sto. Niño!

“January is a month-long celebration for several provinces and cities all over the country honoring the Infant Jesus.”

Growing up, Fiesta ni Sto. Niño wasn’t about Dinagyang, Sinulog or Ati-atihan. It was about waking up early on a Sunday to attend mass in Odiong, a barangay in the municipality of Sibalom.

In this quaint little barangay stands a chapel where devotees celebrate the goodness of the Sto. Niño. The image of Jesus on the Cross comes from the P’s. Lola R’s image of the Mama Mary (maybe of Lourdes) stands on its left. Lola D’s image of the Sto. Niño is brought forward on this special occassion.

Odiong holds a special place in the hearts of the P babies. Their mom, Sweet Susan, comes from there.

The photo shows the original Sto. Niño that Lola D “shared” with the small community. This was pre- 1985, Vati couldn’t place what year Lola bought this one, neither does it have a date on the bottom. A few years ago Lola Adelaida (caretaker of the chapel) requested for a new one, in place of this one that has slowly been eaten by termites. We welcomed this image of the Sto. Niño back in our home.

Personally, I’d prefer to keep my celebration of the feast of the Sto. Niño like it is. Simple. Less fuzz. It’s a good time to reflect on the stories of our grandparents.

Happy Feast of the Sto. Niño!

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