Poor kids celebrate own version of Sto. Niño feast

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Children from the urban poor communities of Baclaran, Parañaque have fun celebrating the Feast of Santo Niño. (Photo: Edwin Dio Despabiladeras / OMPH Multimedia)

PARAÑAQUE City, Jan. 18, 2016 – Over 150 children from the urban poor communities around the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual (OMPH) Help in Baclaran, Parañaque City celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 17, the Feast of Santo Niño (Holy Child) through fun activities that allowed them to enjoy and be evangelized at the same time.

“The kids from our mission areas in Gabriel and Mactan Sts. spent the whole afternoon dancing and singing. They also shared meals and took part in a quiz that tested their knowledge of the Bible,” said Edwin Dio Despabiladeras, vocation coordinator of the Baclaran shrine’s Vocation Center.

A group of young musicians treat the kids of Baclaran to mini concert in honor of Santo Niño. (Photo: Edwin Dio Despabiladeras / OMPH Multimedia)

Now on its third year, the event was organized by the OMPH Vocation Center with the help of young professionals who volunteer for the shrine as well as Fr. RJ Bilangel, CSsR and Sr. Bella Saroza, MPS.

“But before everything started, we made sure the participants received catechesis on the Santo Niño who is the reason behind this gathering,” Despabiladeras added.

However, while it is important to maintain one’s childlike trust in God, the lay missionary from Albay went on to highlight the need of every Catholic to mature spiritually and to learn to put their faith into practice. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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