Santo Nino 2018

Santo Nino 2018

South Jersey’s Filipino Catholic community gathered on Feb. 4 at Saint Andrew’s Parish in Gibbsboro for the Sinulog Santo Nino Festival, the Filipino representation of the Infant Jesus. It is believed that in 1521, explorer Ferdinand Magellan presented a statue of the Santo Nino to Queen Juana of Cebu as a baptismal gift and as a sign of her entrance into the Catholic faith, and her people’s alliance with Spain. Above, dancers perform the Sinulog dance ritual, which moves to the sound of drums and resembles the current of the river. Below, Msgr. Louis Marucci, pastor, blesses the offertory participants.
Photos by Alan M. Dumoff

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