Sinulog Festival in Singapore 2018
28 January 2018 - Filipino devotees in Singapore celebrated the 4th year of the Festivity of Señor Santo Niño graced by the second international sojourn of the Pilgrim image of Señor Santo Niño.
The devotion to the Holy infant Child Jesus is universal and enriching. Spreading the devotion globally and reaching out to families, the fundamental unit of our society, has strengthened and preserved the Catholic faith in the Philippines as well as the Filipino community in Singapore.
One of the many highlights of the festivity, was the solemn procession of the Pilgrim image around the church, on the feast day eve (27 January 2018), which symbolised the solidarity in our beliefs, the spreading of the devotion and proliferation of faith throughout the world.
An estimated crowd of ~2,800 devotees congregated this year at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) to join the feast day Mass celebrated by Fr Charlie Oasan, con-celebrated by Fr Tito Soquiño, Fr David Francesco Dintzner and the entourage of Augustinian friars, Fr Aladdin Luzon, OSA and Fr Harold Langahid, OSA.
Following the solemn Mass celebration was the festive street parade which is called “Sinulog”, a ritual dance offering, a form of adoration prayer in honour of the miraculous icon of the Child Jesus to show our outpouring love towards God.
The dance is in sync to the rhythm and beat of the drums. Clothed in their colourful garments, the Sinulog dancers were followed along by all other devotees bringing with them the religious icons of Señor Sto Niño.
Together, a cry in jubilation echoes as everyone chants in unison “Viva Senor Sto Nino!, Viva Senor Sto. Nino”.
Like the unifying power of a child, the common devotion to the Holy infant Child Jesus unifies hundreds of volunteers from different alumni associations, fraternities, religious groups and individuals who facilitated the event and largely contributed the success of the festivity.
Most of all, the huge support extended by the parish priest of OLPS, Fr Kenny Tan, has been instrumental in making the celebration possible. It is indeed a valuable and significant religious and cultural celebration, enjoyed by both Filipinos and locals in Singapore.
Article & photos contributed by the Cofradia del Santo Nino de Cebu Singapore Chapter.