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In Honor of Sr. Sto. Niño

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A fiesta (Spanish word for party or festivity, turned pista in the dialect), after all, represents not only the largely Catholic population of the country but is an acknowledged national traditional occasion. It is a moment when communities come together in gratitude for another passing year. Mention the word fiesta to a Filipino and it would likely elicit a smile from him, the word, at once, conjuring images of banderitas (flaglets), carrozas (processional carts), marching bands, and a surfeit of food. (NCCA)
The tradition of the fiesta is an ancient one handed down from the many Spanish religious practices. Most fiestas are celebrated among patron saints and or the major events in the life of Jesus Christ and His Mother. Examples are Christmas, Quiapo Fiesta, Holy Week, Santacruzan, Peñafrancia Fluvial Festival, Antipolo Pilgrimage, Obando Fertility Rites and Carabao Festival. Our Muslim brothers observe the Ramadan of the Hari-raya Puasa Feast. There are also feast that existed prior to Spanish colonialization like the Tengao and Fagfagto which are rituals among the Ifugaos, Bontocs and Kalingas of Mountain Province. (
This month of January, Kalibo, Cebu and Iloilo will celebrate festivals in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño. 
Ati-Atihan Festival
Kalibo, Aklan (3rd week of January)
This is a celebration in honor of the Infant Jesus, the town's patron. Ati-atihan means “making like Atis,” that is, pretending to be like the aboriginal natives that once inhabited Aklan. This involves smearing oneself with soot to darken the skin and dressing up in tribal finery. The start of the procession is signaled by drums and whistles, and later punctuated by shouts of "Hala Bira!"
Sinulog Festival
Cebu City, Cebu (Every second Sunday of January)
Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Sto. Nino. The dance moves to the sound of the drums and this resembles the current (Sinulog) of what was then known as Cebu's Pahina River. Thus, in Cebuano, they say it's Sinulog. Much like the Ati-atihan, the Sinulog Festival is marked by frenzied revelry to the chant of "Pit Senor!"
Dinagyang Festival
Iloilo City, Iloilo (4th week of January)
Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon word extrapolated from dagyang meaning “merrymaking”. It celebrates the feast of the Infant Jesus and the pact between the Datus and the locals. It is characterized by a frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It includes a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing and chanting all day and night.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 07:24

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