One of the most well-attended religious activities in the country is the annual solemn foot procession of the image of Señor Santo Niño. This is held in the afternoon of the third Saturday of January. According to top police officials, this year, despite the very heavy rains, at least one million people joined the solemn procession. Here are some photos taken during the 2011 Solemn Foot Procession held last January 15, 2011.
At least 1 million people joined the 2011 Solemn Foot Procession last January 15, 2011.
The weather was perfect at around 1:30 in the afternoon. Here is the scene inside the Fuente circle.
Jones Avenue was closed to traffic by noon.
My mother with our Niño.
Jones Avenue before the rain.
A guy with his merchandise headed towards the Abellana area.
All of a sudden, it started to rain really really hard. Here’s an NSTP cadet braving the rain.
Meanwhile, the procession continued.
And people continued walking.
Then, it rained even harder.
The Fuente Osmeña skywalk
Checking if the Niño’s carroza has arrived.
This kid is so wet he decided to take off his shirt.
A very wet couple walking in the rain.
Mom making sure we don’t miss the Niño’s carroza.
Local kids enjoying the rain.
After almost an hour, the rain finally stopped. A few minutes after this guy cleared the drainage, it began to rain really hard once again.
Everyone was wet.
Even the Mayor was wet.
Suddenly, we heard the band playing.
There it is.
The carroza of the Holy Child.
Viva Pit Senyor!
Sto. Niño de Cebu.
There was a little commotion behind the carroza because a lot of people wanted to come as close to it as possible.
Priest and church officials behind the carroza.
And they were followed by thousands…
… and thousands…
…and thousands of devotees.
Raising his Niño.
Thirty minutes later, there were still so many people.
View of Jones Avenue last Saturday.
Up, up, and away!
Quick shot of my mom and our Niño.
The very very wet Fuente Osmeña area.
Viva Pit Senyor!