According to the program distributed at the celebration, the Santo Nino is the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. Devotion to the Holy Child is widespread in the Philippines, and the original Santo Nino is kept on the left side on the altar inside the Basilica Del Santo Nino.
The liturgy was followed by a procession from the Abbey Church to the Damian Center where lunch was served and the celebration continued.
The photos below share some of the celebration. If others would like to have their photos posted on the seminary's journalism blog, email them to Sister Hilda at Hilda.Kleiman@mtangel.edu.
|A couple of the seminary's Filipino students pause with the Santo Nino before Mass begins.|
|Members of the Filipino community gather in the choir loft as they prepare to sing for the liturgy.|
|Members of the local Filipino community sang in the choir for Mass.|
|Many members of the Filipino community brought their own image of the Santo Nino to carry in the procession.|
|Two large banners followed the seminarians in the procession.|
|Neil Guan, the current president of the Filipino community, led the seminarians.|
|A large gold cross and banner led the procession from the Abbey Church.|
|Women from a dance troop in Salem took part in the procession.|
|A dancer in white holding an image of the Santo Nino captured the crowd's attention.|
|Ryan Francisco and Frank Villanueva pause as they enjoy the procession.|