Monday, January 30, 2012

Malolos Grand Sto. Nino Procession 2012 Part 2

O Holy Child Jesus, who shed Your blessings on whoever invokes Your name, look kindly on us who kneel humbly before Your holy Image, and hear our prayers. We commend to Your mercy the many poor and needy people who trust in Your Divine Heart.

Lay Your all powerful hand upon them and help them in their needs. Lay Your hand upon the sick, to cure them and sanctify their suffering; upon those in distress, to console them; upon sinners, to draw them into the light of your divine grace; upon all those who, stricken with grief and suffering, turn trustingly to You for loving help.

Lay Your hand also upon all of us and give us Your blessing. O little King, grant the treasures of Your divine mercy to all the world, and keep us now and always in the grace of your love!

Procession Starts

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Sto. Nino de Guerrero leading the pack...although technically the Sto. Nino of the Police Force is the first Sto. Nino out the Cathedral...the sacristans follow after.

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Prayers and fireworks signal the start of the procession. fortunately by this time the rains have already abated.

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Sto. Nino de Kalibo

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Image owners hand a small slip of paper where the title of the image is written (all are Sto. Nino's), plus the name of the image owners. It is less organized and structured compared to Intramuros' GMP wherein months before the procesison, the images have been inspected and the annotation finalized

A Kaleidoscope of Sto. Nino's

One by one the images emerged from the Cathedral

Emceeing the event were Fr. Jay Lina and Dez Bautista. Their commentaries are funny, ranging from side comments how another Parish is lucky to have one carroza owner as next Hermano Mayor to correcting carroza's with more than 1 Sto. Nino on board or Sto. Nino's whose accessories does not match the title given to them. They also duly recognize members of their group devoted to the Child Jesus and their families who have consistently participated in the exhibit and procession.

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Red, white, yellow and blue are the usual colors of flowers used as decoration. Bottom left, a Sto. Nino dressed like a little prince is inside a glass carriage similar to Cinderella's

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Silver and gold fit for a King...Bottom left, a carroza decorated with silver metallic paper/ foil and beads, hand maid by the owner to form ramelletes...

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An example of a carroza that needs correcting next year...Upper left Sto. Nino of the Holy Family...without the how is that a family? Bottom right, Sto. Nino ng Bagong Pagsilang, the emcees both agreed that this is not a new born child because he is dressed like an older child...I was thinking more of a Sto. Nino for Born Again Christians...Upper right, a carroza decorated using rice crispies or popped rice.

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Sto. Nino de Tondo

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Sto. Nino's of the rich negosyantes...upper right and bottom left. Sto. Nino's holding symbols of the family business: Fishing and salt-making; Upper left, a princely attired Sto. Nino said to be dressed that way since this is made for royalty and bottom right, Sto. Nino de Atocha, patron of healers

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No signs of stopping, more Sto. Nino's exiting the Cathedral...

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One of my favorite Sto. Nino' still looks like a male child...some Santo Nino's are so beautiful that they look more like a young Mary, a girl than a boy (especially with long hair)...Sto. Nino de Cantor

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The Filipino concept of a healthy young boy is a bit chubby as seen is these Sto. Nino's. Upper left, to spice up the night, an ati-atihan group does the unexpected...adding cheer dance throws in their routine making Fr. Jay exclaim..."May insurance ba yan?" The crowd definitely loved the surprise move!

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Sto. Nino of Light...that's why the carroza is full of candles

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Different styles of roofing for the Sto. Nino; lower-center, the tallest carroza in the bunch, Sto. Nino de Pandacan; lower-right, who needs flowers if you have glow party; lower-left, an indigenous take on decorating the carroza, walis and tribal wooden masks...

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Creativity to the next level: welded pre-fabricated wrought iron, backdrop for the Sto. Nino--upper right and lower left, Sto. Nino Almirante and the Brown Sto. Nino respectively. Lower-center, Sto. Nino de Baliway decorated beautifully similar to Intramuros' San Jose decor last December 2011, same owner Allan Tengco; Lower-right, a Sto. Nino being crucified...hmmm talk about artistic license and imagination...

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Lower-left one of the carroza's that needs to be corrected according to the hosts, "iisa lang ang anak ng Diyos, kaya hindi pwedeng higit sa isa ang Sto. Nino" (although I think it is a bit ironic given the number of Sto. Nino's now present in Malolos, Bayan)...although aesthetically I have been arguing ever since that it does not look least nakahanap ako ng kakampi...

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The "lusutan" type carroza of this image is truly beautiful...the hosts cannot contain themselves from praising the carroza and the image as it passed by...funny about the two emcees they are so transparent (but candid about it) that you know which carroza's they personally like..

The Santo Nino's of this year's Hermano Mayores

Towards the end of the procession is a special place reserved for the Sto. Nino's of the year's Hermano Mayores or sponsors...

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Sto. Nino de Amor on top of its glass stained carroza...

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From L-R: Sto. Nino de Cebu, the owner of Sto. Nino de Amor who went home just to attend the procession from Amsterdam, One of the angels placed on the corners of the carroza of Sto. Nino de Cebu (check out the embroidered details on their vestments); another version of Sto. Nino de Pandacan; Sto. Nino de Amor. Lower-right, check out the angels holding garlands, a beautiful touch to the carroza...

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Last two Nino's before the Sto. Nino de Malolos...

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The Holy Family exiting the Patio of the Cathedral...

San Jose

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O blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector
of thy chaste spouse, the virgin Mother of God, I choose thee this day to
be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor thee all
the days of my life. Therefore I humbly beseech thee to receive me as thy
client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction,
to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus,
and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death. Amen

Reina del Cielo, Queen of Malolos' Processions

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Truly breathtaking, Mary emerging from the skies as Queen of Heaven (and Earth)

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A closer view, zooming on the face...

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The carroza owner, Dez Bautista walking in front of his image...I think he is making a statement, quite commendable, that even in his age and his condition his love for the Child Jesus and for the event he helped found will triumph...

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Details of the carroza of Reina del Cielo...a very baroque carroza which now is becoming a popular choice among image owners (aside from the lusutan type carroza).

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High heels and procession? The Sto. Nino procession is truly a spectacle for the people of Malolos, and I think this group of youth or "talents" as I heard one bystander say, is cashing on the event...the facial expression of the woman in the lower right corner of the picture sums it all...

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The carroza of Reina del Cielo is huge by all standards, I think it is even bigger than the carroza of Pasig Bayan's Spanish-style Dolorosa. Unfortunately some of the streets of Malolos are relatively narrow (with tree branches protruding outside house yards and gardens) and the angels on top of the carroza are taking a lot of beating and scratching...note the missing toes, chipped off paint, missing rays around the Virgen (it used to extend until the top)...there was even one instance during the procession wherein the wings of the angels in front of the Virgen was banging against the the side roof of one of the houses...truly a nightmare if I am the owner...but even if I am not I wish those handling the image will take a better care of the image and the carroza...although I noticed that the metal applique placed on the veil of the image is newly gold plated, I think even the crowns...Upper left, one small generator is used to power a carroza of this size...amazing!

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O Child Jesus, I turn to You through Your holy Mother,
I confidently ask You to assist me in my necessity
by Your Divine Power and Mercy.
I love You, O Jesus, with my whole heart and soul.
I offer You my love through a contrite heart,
asking You to forgive all my sins
and begging You to give me grace to amend my life.
I resolve not to offend You again and to bear my aches and pains
as signs of my changed heart.
From now on, may I live for You,
may I love my neighbor as myself
so as to honor You and serve You
more lovingly.
O Jesus, most Tender Child of Mary,
protected by St. Joseph,
listen to my plea and grant my necessity
(here ask your need)
according to the Father's will
and the Glory of Your name.

Sto. Nino de Malolos

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Emerging from the corner is the beloved Sto. Nino image of Malolos...

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A princely representation of the Child Jesus...

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Sto. Nino De Malolos

O miraculous Santo Nino! I come before Your sacred Image, moved by love and by hope, and I beseech You to look mercifully into my troubled heart. Let Your own tender Love, always inclined to compassion, mitigate my troubles and alleviate my sufferings. Take from me, if it be Your Will, all unbearable afflictions and let me never surrender to despair. Grant me, Senior Santo Nino, the especial grace I ask from You today in all humility and with a loving trust, and for the sake of Your Sacred infancy hear always my prayers, be generous with Your aid and consolation, that I may praise You, and the Father, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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What I like about this image is it does not look too feminine, unlike other Sto. Nino's which either look like a little girl or dressed in gowns with a long train...

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The people of Malolos anticipates the arrival of the Sto. Nino, along the route of the procession are altars with more Sto. Nino's...truly a demonstration of the kind of devotion the people of Malolos have for the child Jesus. After all, without the child Jesus how would Christianity even begin here in the Philippines...

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Even if some of the roads are flooded, the procession proceeds...

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Another procession comes to a close...Viva Sto. Nino de Malolos!

Amidst the rain, the Sto. Nino procession was held successfully. If I heard it correctly, a total of 145 Sto. Nino carroza's participated, hopefully they were able to set a new world record (what's with Pinoys and world records...hehehe).

Malolos Grand Sto. Nino Procession 2012 Part 1

This year I decided to just focus on one Sto. Nino procession and I chose Malolos' given that for the past years, by the time I arrive there the procession is already midway or about to finish. Thus with a camera on one hand and a 22 oz taho on the other hand I made my way towards Malolos.

Upon arriving at the intersection leading to Malolos, Bayan, I immediately noticed a huge bamboo arch done in the traditional "Singkaban" form, with a huge banner announcing Fiesta Republica if Malolos is declaring to the whole country that they are the Fiesta Capital of the Philippines. Well for one, the Diocese of Malolos has a lot of things to celebrate this year, back to back, the golden year anniversary of the institution of the diocese and the Canonical Coronation of the Cathedral's Immaculate Conception.

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More Singkaban (decorative Bamboo arches), flags and posters up ahead

The day started hot and humid however towards the afternoon, on my way to Malolos it started raining heavily as if a blanket of water is falling from the sky and not rain drops(that's how hard the rain pounded anything under its path)...when I reached Malolos, it was all sunny and dry but a few minutes later it started raining, same heavy downpour (and I thought Malolos was spared)...Oh about the procession? How about the Sto. Nino's in the church plaza...

Inside the newly built extension of the Regala House while waiting for the rain to stop...

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The image of the Holy Family welcomes everyone entering the House, from the Vecin collection

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Bulakenos Hospitality: what is a fiesta without food...a feast of Filipino dishes namely Dinuguan, Puto, Empanada, Okoy, Bibingka, Arrozcaldo, Pansit etc etc and Coke ('s now as Filipino as Kapeng Barako...)!

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A Fiesta is also a time for family reunions...tracing the family tree (pictures at the bottom) and making sure they are remembered, a session with a master sketcher, fast paced...boom!...drawn

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This great hall is sometimes used as a prayer hall, I believe a mass was held before the merienda started

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A good 30 minutes away before the procession starts, the rain stopped and a huge rainbow appeared (I mean huge because you can see the full arch) about more arches

But before leaving the house, I decided to drop by Sta. Veronica's chapel...

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From L-R: A new image is present, Sta. Maria Magdalena by Nick Lugue if I heard it correctly; and Malolos' antique Mater Dolorosa recently restored by Mang Kiko Vecin

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The cabit now is full of santo busts...much like celebrities playing Hollywood Squares...other images: Mother of Perpetual Help, Jesus Carrying the Cross and the Last Supper tableau

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On the way to the Cathedral, I noticed that there are more Singkaban art on the road...from arches to huge crosses to fan like ornaments which I think form part of the bigger decorations

At the Church Patio, Malolos Cathedral

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From L-R: The church looks and smells new, renovated in time for the golden anniversary celebrations; the Jubilee cross towering over Malolos, the seat of Christianity in the Bulacan region

The day's main event...

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O miraculous Child Jesus! I come before Your sacred Image, moved by love and by hope, and I beseech you to look mercifully into my trouble heart. Let your own tender Love, always inclined to compassion, mitigate my troubles and alleviate my sufferings. Take from me, if it be Your Will, all unbearable afflictions and let me never surrender to despair. Grant me, Dear Child Jesus, the special grace I ask from you today in all humility and with a loving trust, and for the sake of Your Sacred Infancy, always hear my prayers. Be generous with Your aid and consolation, that I may praise You, and the Father, and the Holy Spirit.

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Sto. Nino de Buen Suceso

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The stage still wet after the heavy rains, but very much ready for the start of the procession

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A plaza full of Sto. Nino images...I call it the Sto. Nino maze

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Maneuvering the narrow path in-between carroza's, hoping to see all of the carroza's before procession starts

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Sto. Nino's of all sizes on top of carroza's of all types and sizes: on traditional wooden and metal carroza's, pedicabs and jeeps

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A Sto. Nino on a traditional Calesa, without the horse of course...Sto. Nino de Montes

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Sto. Nino on a garden

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Sto. Ninos on cute carroza's

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Sto. Nino Dormido...nakatulog daw sa bigat ng kasalanan ng mga tao

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More Sto. Nino's to see

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This year the organizers are trying to set a world record, they also have people from the National Geographics documenting the event

Nothing Compares...bigger and grander

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Down came the rain...

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Getting ready for the procession, owners trying to make the best out of the situation...since it rained most of the Sto. Nino's and Carroza's are covered in plastic

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Images covered in plastic...a repeat of Intramuros' GMP's not a good time for processions, best to place santo's in urnas, or in pallio's and other decor that can serve as roof

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An owner inspecting his image, Sto. Nino de Prudencia...unfortunately the impact of the rain caused some of the eyelashes of the image to fall off

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The owner tries to fix the eyelashes

Sto. Nino de la Pasion

The child Jesus reflecting on his pasion and death, it is hard to ascertain that Jesus has this clear understanding of his destiny since most of his childhood is not really documented in the Bible...but I believe it is so...Jesus has this full understanding of God's salvation plan which he demonstrated during the events when he was found by Joseph and Mary in the temple discoursing with the elders and later on in his adulthood during his ministry, proclaiming the Kingdom of God.

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The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. He took Jesus up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples. And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."

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Sto. Nino de la Pasion owned by Dez Bautista, a well-known son of Malolos

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Closer view of the Nino, notice the image's "gamit" (metalworks) all alluding to his crucifixion some 20 or 30 years after

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Another look at the Nino, notice the tears shed for the sinfulness of man...

The Agony in the Garden

Jesus falls upon his face in an agony being overwhelmed by what He knows He must suffer the next day in atonement for the sins of mankind. He prays to God, "My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

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Passion and Compassion

Proceed to Part 2