Viva Pit Senior Sto. Niño
There is only one light in the world; it is God Himself who is glorified equally in the Infant Jesus, one of the persons in the Trinitarian God. Known in the country as Sto. Niño, the Infant Jesus has been the Protector of Tacloban since it has manifested miracles way back when it was only a village. Sto. Niño has been known to guard the City from all kinds of disasters and calamities. He is dearly loved by the Taclobanon and Basaynon and revered by people all over the country. Without His protection and presence in the homes of Tacloban families, there would be no Tacloban Fiesta every year. The Sto. Niño is the essence and reason for the June festivities.
The Sangyaw Festival of lights is giving tribute to God in all His glory. The progress and development of the City is accounted to his graces and benevolence. It is just but fitting that Tacloban gives the honor to Him in the near culmination of activities in line with the Tacloban 2012 Fiesta celebration. The lights that showcase the best in the city was designed to show to the world the journey of a place since it became a chartered city from being just a village. The beautiful lights that manifest the progress since Tacloban became a highly urbanized city can only be shown with gratitude to Him who is the main and most important light of the world and of the city. In the Parade of Lights, He occupies the loftiest place of them all.
Every fiesta celebration is evident of how Taclobanon love gaiety and display (of anything beautiful). It is part of tradition and culture of a people who are gregarious and happy by nature. Every June, every year, Taclobanons come home to enjoy and attend the Fiesta celebration with family and friends. The whole month of June people come home to attend reunions where high school and college batches from different schools and universities in the city organize their homecoming activities in time with the June festivities.
Even friends and relatives from other towns and provinces also come to the city to gather with old friends and to savor once again the love and excitement of being with families and friends. To them, the Tacloban Fiesta is a thanksgiving time, looking back to one’s own roots and sharing familial love, jollity and fun. It is a time when individuals and families pay homage to God for all the blessings received the past year. In today’s Fiesta celebrations, let us not forget the true essence of the festivities which is first and foremost, thanking God for preserving Tacloban’s peace, beauty and image.
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