It’s been a tradition to have the fluvial procession before the Sinulog day to promenade the image of Sto. Niño and pick up his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Despite the bad weather, devotees aren’t afraid in their voyage in the middle of the sea.
There were an estimate of 200 boats that participated in the event. The parade was started at 5 AM and the ended at 8 in the morning.
As early as 4 AM the devotees started to gather in the main gate of pier 1 where the boats would dock. Security was very tight that even the media couldn’t enter without an I.D. from the Basilica.
The dancers in historical costumes were ready to perform to welcome Sto. Niño and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Also present were the relatives of Estelita “Titang” Diola, the keeper of the traditional Sinulog dance.
After the boats docked in the wharf, the parade started consequently from pier 1 to the Basilica.
The security was tight at the Basilica del Sto. Niño but when the image had reached the Church, the gates were opened wide and so were the people’s arms.
The devotees openly accepted the Sto. Niño that they had waited to arrive.
Everything was set. The props, stage, the people and the priests that would celebrate the mass.
The mass was presided by Fr. Jonas Mejares. Even though the Basilica experienced a downpour of rain, this wasn’t enough to waver their faith.
Despite the bad weather condition, Senyor Sto. Niño, Blessed Virgin Mary and the devotees arrived safely. Viva Pit Senyor!