By Bohol Island News Staff |01:50 PM January 19, 2020
Roman Catholics from different parts of the country celebrate today, January 19th, the Feast of the Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus).
The most awaited is held in Cebu City every third week of January, the Sinulog festival.
Hundreds of thousands if not millions of local and foreign tourists flock to Cebu City to watch the colorful parade, the participants chanting ‘Pit Señor’ along the way.
The Santo Niño de Cebu is said to be a gift to the queen of Cebu from Portuguese voyager Ferdinand Magellan, who landed on the island in 1521 commissioned by then Spanish empire.
Devotion to the Holy Child (Santo Niño) is nationwide, from Luzon to Mindanao.
Each province, city, down to barangays hold festivities devoted to the Sto. Niño.
In Bohol, fiesta celebrations are held this month in honor to the Sto. Niño.
The towns of Bien Unido, Cortes, President Carlos P. Garcia, Anda, Valencia and Carmen are all celebrating their feasts in honor of the Holy Infant.
Furthermore, Getafe and Ubay towns will celebrate their feasts next week.
In Garcia Hernandez, youth members of the St. John The Baptist Church participated in the Sinulog 2020 through playing instruments and bringing beat for the Sr. Sto. Niño devotees who danced as form of their love to the Child Jesus.
In Bilar, a Sinulog street-dance parade is held for the 38th Sinulog Festival at the town plaza.
In Sierra Bullones, devotees attended Mass at San Juan Sto. Niño Shrine where it houses the miraculous image of the Child Jesus.
Meanwhile, Boholanos are among those owning collections of Sto. Niño image.
The highest number of collections of Sto. Niño images were that of incumbent Panglao Mayor Nila and Ondo Montero.
As a show of continued devotion, Panglao town has sent its own contingent at the Sinulog 2020 in Cebu City.