MANILA, Aug. 17, 2015 – The iconic Sto. Niño de Cebu, the country’s oldest religious icon, visited the slums of Tondo, Manila on Aug. 15, Friday, drawing crowds of Catholics.
After a welcome Mass at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, on Aug. 14, the image was then brought to the impoverished Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila where hundreds of residents welcomed and venerated the statue before it was brought to the Manila Cathedral later in the afternoon.
“The Sto. Niño is the symbol of our Catholic faith. Everytime we see the image, we are reminded of our faith. As Catholics and Christians, we need to deepen our faith and not just focus on the external,” said Augustinian Fr. Harold Rentoria.
On Sunday, the first fluvial procession of the image in Metro Manila was held along the Pasig River from Intramuros to Guadalupe Viejo in Makati City.
Some nuns and priests, including Rentoria, joined more than a hundred devotees in escorting the image during the procession which took around two hours.
He said the pilgrim image is the same icon that was used for fluvial processions in Cebu.
On Monday, the Sto. Niño was transferred to its final stop in Biñan City, Laguna before its return to Cebu City on Tuesday. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)