Days before the Fiesta Señor, the image of the Blessed Child is taken to the St. Joseph Parish Church in Mandaue City. The Holy Child stays in his foster father’s house for one day and one night. This short stay allows devotees from the city to pay hommage to Him. The next day, the Holy Child is taken to the shrine of His mother in the nearby island of Mactan. There, He stays in the house of His mother Virhen sa Regla, to be with his devotees in the said island. It is the Child’s final stop before He finally voyages back to Cebu City – His beloved land.
The fluvial procession starts very early in the morning. This momentuous event, considered the biggest in the country, is attended by thousands of devotees from across the country. As the Niño’s boat sails for Cebu City through the Mactan channel, His devotees throw flowers, light candles, and dance the Sinug for penance, petition, and thanksgiving.
The ‘galleon’ which takes the Sto. Niño back to Cebu City.
Here are some scenes before the start of the procession.
CIA employees getting ready for the procession.
Uhm, we need more balloons up here!
Keeping themselves busy while waiting for the procession to start.
This guy was probably checking if everything was set so that the parade could begin.
Eating her Jollibee. Yum!
This woman patiently waits for the parade to start.
If you notice that head in the water, that’s the guy who saved a drunk old man who fell off the jetty.
Father and son waiting for the parade to start.
CIA employees all made up for their dance offering.
And here it is. The armada of the Child King.
The Marshall’s boat leading the way.
It was followed by the boat of the Rescue team.
The ‘galleon’ of the Niño.
Priests waving at the crowd.
Priests taking pictures of the devotees.
The galleon is followed closely by dozens…
… and dozens…
…and dozens of boats.
A small boat complete with flower arrangments and decorations.
Dancers dancing the Sinug on one of the boats.
Another group of dancers on top of a boat.
There were also tugboats and passenger vehicles.
Viva Pit Senyor!