Every 3rd Sunday of the January is commemorated as the Feast of the Child Jesus
or the "Santo Niño" not only in the Philippines but by all Filipinos in diferent parts of the world.
This image is not a identical with the real Santo Niño de Cebu, we just dressed it up to resemble it a bit for the Vilvoorde Filipino Fiesta in 2004. But this statue has sentimental value to us in Carmel because He came together with the first group of Filipina Sisters in 2003 and is now in our Novitiate Oratory and classroom as our Little King.
It was the first time for Sr. Socoro, Sr Elizabeth and Sr. Paul Therese to dance the Sinulog.
Eah one has her own story to tell in relation to the Santo Niño esp. the miraculous healing of Sr Socoro from a bone cancer when she was ten years old. The whole family prayed to the Child Jesus and her mother promised to bring her every year to the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu.
Part of the dance was, each one was blessed by the one carrying the image
by placing it on their heads while saying a prayer.
Our Belgian Mother and Sisters joined us in the Sinulog as well.
May Our Lord reward the Sandiego Dance Company in Cebu, who gave us these beautiful costumes when we left the Philippines.