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AMERICA'S SHRINE to

SANTO NINO DE CEBU (Dedicated on the 29th of August, 1999)

For many Filipino-Americans in the Philadelphia area, Saint Augustine's is the "adopted" parish and their devotion to Santo Nino, the Holy Child Jesus, is one of the most popular devotion among Filipino people. The Santo Nino was originally brought to the Philippine Islands by Augustinian missionaries in 1535, and the Basilica in Cebu is the international center for this devotion. On January 11, 1992, a statue of Santo Nino, was enthroned at Olde St. Augustine's church, and this church is now the national shrine for devotion to Santo Nino in North America. In July 1994, an official replica of the original statue of Santo Nino was commissioned by the Augustinians in the Philippines to be permanently enshrined at Olde St. Augustine's church. This statue symbolizes the unity of faith of the people and Augustinians in the Philippine Islands with the people and Augustinians in the United States. Novena prayers to Santo Nino are held after the 11:00 a.m. Mass every Sunday in St. Augustine's church and everyone is invited to join in this devotion to the patron of the Philippines. In the Philippines and in Olde St. Augustine's church, an annual feast honoring Santo Nino called "Sinulog", is celebrated on the third Sunday of January. Because of the cold weather in January in this part of the United States the Philippine catholic community of the Delaware Valley decided to celebrate another feast of Santo Nino with a "Summer Sinulog" on the last Sunday of August, around the feast of Saint Augustine. (Dedicated on the 29th of August 1999)


ORIGINS In April 7, 1521, a Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan discovered Cebu (biggest city in the Central Visayas in the Philippines, widely known as "Sugbo"). He conquered the land and introduced Christianity and claims the country for the King of Spain. The im-age of the Senor Santo Nino was brought to the archipelago, and was given to the Queen Juana of Cebu, who was later baptized into the Catholic faith along with her husband Rajah Humabpn, and their people. After the Cebuanos turned against the Spaniards, the Spaniards burned the area and the Image was caught in the blaze. During the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in 1565, the image was found relatively unscathed. The image was quickly acknowl-edged as miraculous, and a church was later constructed in the site of the discovery. Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Father Urdaneta gave orders to house appropriately the famous statue in San Agustin church (oldest church in Cebu, Philippines), and re-named Santo Nino. Today, The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino is an important historical and religious landmark in Cebu, with devotees forming long queues to pay their respects to the Holy Child. THE SINULOG DANCE Sinulog is a ritual dance in honor and adoration of the Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus). The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the beat of the drums. These resemble the current (Sulog) of what was known as Cebu's Pahina River. Thus Cebuanos called it Sinulog, which is of Pagan origin, is the link between the country's Pagan past and it's Christianity in the country. This became the oldest religious landmark in Cebu City, Philippines and is connected with the beginning of Christianity in the country. Tradition say that, When Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and his men found the Santo Nino, the image was unscathed amidst the ru-

ins, thus started the peoples belief of miracles. Before the Portuguese naviga-tors conquered the island of Cebu in April 7, 1521, the natives were already dancing sinulog in honor of their wooden idols and anitos. Through 1521, the dance was a small ritual by a few in front of the Santo Nino. In fact, at the Santo Nino church where the image is consecrated, only the candle vendors could be seen dancing the Sinulog and making offer-ings or those devotees dancing their thanks or those asking Senor Santo Nino favors they so badly needed. The celebration begins with the nine days novena prayer. Everyday and until the ninth day, different. Associations and Companies sponsors different ac-tivities in honor of the Senor Santo Nino. The cere-monies begin with an early pluvial parade re-enacting the coming of the Spaniards. The Holy Mass and procession follows with the people dancing to the distinctive Sinulog rhythm while holding the image of Santo Nino aloft. Celebration attracts many devotees all over the Philippines and all over the world. The Santo Nino church of Cebu is the oldest church celebrating the ritual dance and the novena prayer as performed here in the United States. Some foreign countries come to Cebu to participate in the celebra-tion each year. It is widely known as the most cele-brated Cebu's festival where people converge along the route and a grand parade and gaiety amidst a Mardigras atmosphere, immersed in vivid colors and the constant sound of the drum and the constant saying: VIVA SENOR SANTO NINO VIVA — That means; Praise to the Holy Child. Today, the Santo Nino has continued centuries-old devotion to the Holy Child Jesus. This made the celebration the country's biggest spectacle, so every year thereafter, the Sinulog parade and some other activities became bigger in the City of Cebu, This is a celebration of prayer, thanksgiving, intercession and adoration in Honor of our beloved Senor Santo Nino (The Holy Child Jesus), the King and Savior.


THE FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY of

ST. AUGUSTINE R. C. CHURCH OFFICIAL SHRINE OF SENOR SANTO NINO DE CEBU IN AMERICA CORDIALLY INVITES EVERYONE TO COME, JOIN AND CELEBRATE

SUMMER SINULOG 2019 COMMEMORATING

THE 27th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENTHRONEMENT of

Senor Santo Nino de Cebu on

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019 at 11 AM Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza Permanent Observer for the Holy See to the United Nations Principal Celebrant

ST. AUGUSTINE R. C. CHURCH 4th & Vine Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Rev. Fr. William Donnelly, O.S.A., Parochial Administrator


PRINCIPAL COORDINATORS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . DR. LITA MANGUBA BEL LOPENA FERDINAND LUYUN ELGENE MORALES SUB-COMMITTEE COORDINATORS MASS SPONSORS AND NOVENA . . . . . . . . . . FERDINAND AND RUTH LUYUN LITURGY AND MUSIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JACOB MARQUART, OFS. KIM BARROSO ALTAR SERVERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JACOB MARQUART,OFS, GERRY CABATU OFFERTORY PROCESSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REY BORRES,AGNES AMORA, PAZ SANTOS GREETERS AND USHERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CESAR MANGUBA, LITO GELVIRO, LITO CABATU NILO MIRANDA, MANNY ESPEJO, MUTYA MOTHERS, CHEERFUL HEARTS LITURGY PROCESSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OLIVER LOPENA, GRAND MARSHALL, REY BORRES, ELGENE MORALES, ART ANICETO DECORATIONS MAIN ALTAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REY AND LALA BORRES FLOAT of STO. NINO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AGNES AND LITO AMORA, PAZ AND NELSON SANTOS, BEBS AND PERLA ALAS CALOY ALCONABA SANTO NINO SHRINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHEERFUL HEARTS AND BISAYA GROUP SAINT AUGUSTINE BAND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NELSON SANTOS AND COMPANY HERMANOS AND HERMANAS . . . . . . . . . . . . DR. LITA MANGUBA, DR. FIDEL AND WARREM BAUTISTA ADVERTISEMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CORA ARCANO, LULU HILARIO, FEMY WHITZELL SOUVENIR PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FERDINAND LUYUN, GENEBERT POLIGRATES LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . BEL LOPENA - In-Charge, ALICE MANGUBA, ELGENE MORALES, CORA ARCANO, MARY SHAPIT, ANITA SMITH, MUTYA MOTHERS, CYRA VILLACERAN FIRST AID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MEMBERS OF PMSGP AMD PNA-PA ENTERTAINMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ST. AUGUSTINE CHOIR, PFASI RONDALLA


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Message The Santo Nino is symbolic of our deep religious roots dating back to the Spanish times and as we celebrate the 27th Anniversary Sinulog Celebrations this summer of 2019 in our great city of Philadelphia; it is no doubt the centerpiece of attention for our parishioners and the faithful who will be coming from far away places to witness the festivities and other activities. From the bottom of my heart I thank the Augustinian Community for keeping the faith and for accepting our people into the parish that is alive with devotion and religious zeal: to the love of the Santo Nino. This aspect of our faith had become a benchmark in our family tradition that we have passed on to our children and family. Hopefully we hope and pray that this devotion will be part of their lives. To the Congregation of St. Agustin Church, my congratulations for another successful Santo Nino year. I am sure that many of you have told friends to come and that you have spent so many days and hours together helping one another for this whole week of festivities. In behalf of the Officers and Member Association of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia; I greet you all a happy Sinulog Sunday with prayers for His blessings upon you and your families. Jay and myself along with our children proudly join you in the celebratory “Pit Senyor�. Maraming salamat Fr. Bill Donnelly, O.S.A. and welcome to this great loving church!

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President Nida Imperial FECGP


DESA ABARINTOS DESIREE ABELLANOSA AURELIA ABOYME PURITA ACOSTA FRANCISCO & MERCEDES ALINGANGA JERRY & BERNADETTE ALMONTE PASTOR AND NENA ALVARAN GLORIA ARCEO MARIBEL AZUCENA VICKY AROCENA DRS. DAVID AND JOCELYN AUSTRIA RUDY AND GRACE ARNAIZ LUISA AROCENA FRANCIS & BEVERLY BUELLA EDNA BOSTWICK CARIDAD CALLANTA DRS. VIC & FLORY CINCO CHARLES & PATRICIA COLLINS VIOLETA DAVID GWEN DE VERA CONNIE DIMAAPI ALBERT AND CRISTINA DOMINGO BONG ESPINOLA JUVIL ESPINOLA PAQUITO & MINA FORONDA FILIPINO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA MENCHIE GEONZON LITO GELVIRO ROGER AND LULU HILARIO

DR. MARIO LIM LORELEI LAURENCIO PATRICK AND JACKIE LANZA JERRY & ROSEMARY LORENZ EMILY LOPENA DR. NESTOR & DALIA MADRINAN JOE & BENNY MANALAYSAY ELSIE MANGUBA ED and LORELEI MINOZA NILO & PRECY MIRANDA ALLAN & FE OH MARILOU ORGASAN MERT and FAYE PASCUA EDWIN and ANNIE PADOLINA THEODORE PAN & ANGELINE SILVERIO MARIO PAYONGGAYONG CESAR & EVELYN PIDLAOAN PHILIPPINE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA MENG QUEMEL ED RIEHL, ESQ. FILOMENA RUBIO IMELDA SULIT CONCHITA SULIT DR. TITO and GLORIA TANGCO TEMPLE HEALTH UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS TRI-STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DRS. RAFAEL and TERESA VALENCIA TESSIE VILLAR CECILIA VIRAY


EVANGELINA ABERIN DR. CONNIE ALCANTARA ART and ADELE ANICETO ENGR. FLOREN and HYDE APELIN MEDY AREVALO and MERILEE AREVALO, ESQ. CORA ARCANO REY AND LALA BORRES NINFA CALIGUIRAN DR. NEMESIA CASTRO CONNIE DAMAZO DR. MIKE DE CASTRO ANDY CRISOSTOMO DR.RESTY ESTACIO MENCHIE GEONZON DR. ANGELINA JAURIGUE DRS. NONATO AND EVA LARGOZA WILLIAM AND YODIMILA LANGAN MR. NELVIN and DR. VICKY LARGOZA ELIAS and DELIA LAYOS CECILIA LAZO OLIVER AND BEL LOPENA FERDIE and RUTH LUYUN MR. ARMAND and DR. MINDA MAGUNDAYAO LOURDES MENEZ

DRS. MERT and LUCK LEBITA AMELIA MANGUBA DR. LITA and ALICE MANGUBA CESAR MANGUBA DRS. MONNIE and ABBIE MEMPON DRS. GEORGE and FATIMA MANALO ELGENE MORALES and GENEBERT POLIGRATES DR. AIDA NUNEZ EDISTIO and LUNINGNING NUNEZ DR. TONY AND ANGIE ONG DR. ALBERT & MRS. PURING SALVADOR DR. SAM & MRS. GIGI SARMIENTO JOE AND LILIA SOTINGCO RENE AND CORA SOTINGCO DRS. ROMMEL and AIDA RIVERA DR. JOSE SAMSON NELSON AND NIDA SHALLCROSS DELFIN AND MARY SHAPIT ANITA, TERESA AND ANTHONY SMITH GORDON AND ROSEMARIE THOMAS WILLIAM AND SUSAN THOMPSON DRS. JOSE AND ELEANOR TIONGSON DR. ALEX AND MARY VALDELLON JAIME AND ADELINA VILORIA VIC & LUCY WILLSON RIC AND NORMA YABUT


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HAPPY 27TH SUMMER SINULOG


Wishing all the devotees of Sto NiĂąo de Cebu abundant blessings! Greetings from: Joe and Myrna Mike , Mary May and Juliana Montenegro

The SANCHEZ FAMILY


Freddy Panes, FAAMCI President Sherry Sorono-Panes Adrian & RG Abarintos Alexander Panes Maxwell Panes

14 If

my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)


For all the parishioners, families, friends and devotees of our Dear Santo Nino who have shown their love to one another and shared themselves in their own limited capacities to make this 27th Sinulog a success: we will forever be grateful. The way we came to know love was that Santo Nino laid down His life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone who has not forgiven and could not ask for forgiveness, how can the love of Santo Nino remain in him? Brothers and sisters, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. With this sentiment we invite you therefore to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith so that through Santo Nino, our heavenly Father will show His love and grant us His Salvation.

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