Topics: Philippines, Cebu, Cebu City Pages: 5 (1592 words) Published: June 23, 2013
Devotion to the
Sto. Nino

Submitted by:
Suliano, Ma. Ayeesha Jenine S. BSIT-1

Submitted to:
Mr. Sergio Sarza
ReEd 2 ( MWF 3:00 – 4:00 pm)
I. Introduction

DEVOTION, what does devotion really means? As what people used to say, devotion is a gift of oneself, or one’s activities to God. It is a willingness and desire to dedicate oneself to serve God; either in terms of prayers or in terms of a set of pious acts such as the adoration of God or the veneration of the saints or the Virgin Mary. Centuries have passed and there are already a lot of examples of devotions that the people are doing or practicing. Some common examples of Catholic devotions include the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Face of Jesus, the various scapulars, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seven Sorrows of Mary, Novenas to various saints, pilgrimages and devotions to the Blessed Sacrament, and the veneration of saintly images, etc. Devotion to saints, with the Virgin Mary as the most prominent example, is a key characteristic of Roman Catholicism. Catholic devotions have various forms, ranging from formalized, multi-day prayers such as Novenas to activities which do not involve any prayers, such as Eucharistic adoration outside Mass, the wearing of scapulars, the veneration of the saints, and even horticultural practices such as maintaining a Mary garden. In my 17 years of existence in this world, I have always been fascinated of making collections of such things, believing on such ideas and devoting myself to things that have been a tradition to our family. Since this term paper is all about devotion of thousands of people to the Sto. Niño or commonly called by the Catholic Society as the “HOLY CHILD”, the main body of my term paper would be filled by facts all about the Sto. Niño. I will talk more on its history and I will focus on its 3 tradition namely: the Pilgrimage, the Procession and most especially the Sinulog. I will also insert some clippings and church documents about the Holy Child in my term paper.

II. Discussion

A. Literature Review

i. History

The world is not flat! This discovery of the Spain’s expedition commanded by the Portuguese navigator Hernando de Magallanes or Ferdinand Magellan, that set the record as the fist expedition to circumnavigate and confirm that the world is round is the same expedition that brought the image of Sto. Nino and the Catholic faith to the Philippine islands. On September 1519, a fleet of galleons under the flag of Spain set sailed in search for the Spice Islands. Instead they landed in a group of islands in the central part of the Philippines and in Limasawa island where Magellan declared possession of the (part of the Maharlika Kingdom of Asia) archipelago and named it after King Philip of Spain.

Without spices and in search of needed supplies, they continued their journey to the village of Zubu, now the City of Cebu, planted a mission Cross, befriended and converted into the Catholic faith the local chieftain Raja Humabon and his wife Hara Juana and the members of their tribe. As a gift on their baptism, Magellan gave the image of the Holy Infant Jesus, the Sto. Nino. A Sandugo, a blood compact was made between the two leaders and Magellan promise to fight with them against the neighboring tribe of the island of Matan, now Mactan. Magellan was killed in the battle of Mactan and the remnants of his forces returned to Spain using a different route, thus making the historic first voyage around the world.

It was 44 years later that the new group of Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and an Augustinian priest, Fr. Andres Urdaneta, a cosmographer from the Augustinian monastery in Mexico arrived in Cebu and find out that the new chieftain, Raja Tupaz was unfriendly to the newcomers. Skirmishes between the two groups left the village of Cebu in ruins. When a party was dispatched to check the...
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