Santo Niño devotees in Metro Manila have one more reason to visit with the opening of the Santo Niño 2018 exhibit organized by Congregacion del Nombre de Jesus at Philippine National Bank, Pasay City. The Congregation is a Catholic group of lay devotees of the Holy Child Jesus honoring His Most Holy Name based in the Philippines has started its annual exhibit and novena Masses every January for the past 39 years.
Santo Niño 2018 Exhibit
This year’s theme is “O Niño Hesus, Huwaran ng mga Pari at Relihiyoso” which highlighted the annual exhibition and parade.
There will be a parade of the icon on January 28 Sunday at the Quirino grandstand in Manila. Religious theologians would put the Santo Niño as the most popular religious devotion in the country.
It was formally established on October 27, 1979 with the guidance of Carmelite nuns and with the blessings of the late Archbishop Jaime Cardinal L. Sin. In its care now is a beautiful rococo-baroque chapel at the Violago compound in Quezon City where the titular image of its Patron “The Nombre” is enshrined including a replica of the Infant of Prague given by the Carmelite Fathers of Prague.
It is also home to Our Lady of Victories of Prague. A special Novena-Mass is held in the Nombre’s honor every Monday at 6:30PM. Masses are also held Wednesdays, 1st Fridays and Sundays also at 6:30PM.
Having celebrated its silver anniversary in 2004, the congregation continues to promote devotion to the nombre and holds several apostolate-activities enriching people’s spiritual values and piety through exhibits of various Niño depictions. This activity, held every January, ends with a grand 5-hour procession culminating at the Luneta Grandstand in Manila.
Santo Niño de Caballero owned by Mayor Menchie and Benhur Abalos family
The Congregation is also involved in various charitable work, promoting the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The Congregation also conducts pilgrimages to various Catholic spiritual sites and centers in and outside the country.
Anniversary celebrations are held yearly at the end of October and the Congregation now has more than 30 members in its roster coming from various professions, disciplines and expertise.
Founding members include Ben Farrales, Willi Buhay, Gang Gomez, Nolie Hans, +Bobby Valdomar, +Dindong Bautista, Efren de Jose,et.al, Other members also included Jing Chua, Venson Nobrera, dr. Roamn Navarro, Tony Adriano, Professor Dennis Raymond Maturan, Jose Pamilar, Dr. Abraham de Castro, Ogee Atos, and Tony Galang.
Notable exhibitors included Mrs. Imelda Cojuangco,Ms. Mellie Abalaza, Mr. Allan Tengco, Mayor Arturo Orosco, and Mayor Benhur Abalos.
Santo Niño de Salvacion is among the icon exhibited and owned by the family of Professor Dennis Maturan.
This exhibition is OPEN to the public until January 26, 2018 at the Philippine National Bank, Pasay City.
PSST.PH family would like to thank Mr. Jhonson Bernardo of AHP and Professor Dennis Maturan for the wonderful photos and their historical insights.