Wednesday, October 10, 2007

sto. niño de tondo


This is my first time to visit this church again (can't remember the last time, could be a decade ago) but I can still remember when my mother used to bring us here on it's feast day which is every third sunday of january. We would wait in the long line of devotees of Sto. Nino to climb the stairs and have our turn to touch the antique image of the Sto. Nino. Though, this time when i visited the stairs to the image is close and we just got in time before the caretakers closed the church. I wonder why churches are always closed...

By the way, did you know that the Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia (about 94% of Filipinos are Catholic) and that we have lots of old churches which can be considered as a museum of sort, and one of them is this church. To know more about the history of the Sto. Niño de Tondo church click here.

12 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

I did know that your country is the only so-called Christian country in Asia. I did not know about the long lines and people waiting. Also did not know the churches are closed.

maria elisa said...

This church is pretty

Sidney said...

This is indeed a very nice church. One of my favorites (probably because of the Fiesta of the Santo Niño).

Closed churches??? That is quite surprising. Maybe you arrived at the wrong time.

Anonymous said...

I too am surprised the churches are closed. There 'must' be a reason - I was aware your country was the only Christian one in Asia. I enjoy your shots daily ! :)

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John
Nebraska U.S.A.

Art L said...

This is one of the great things
about the Philippines, their
churches. Even in an obscure
small town in Leyte where I spent some boyhood we have a church
where we can go to every Sunday.

Photo Cache said...

wonderful blog you have here.

Senor Enrique said...

Wow! So this is the church where they hold the annual Sto. Nino Festival. Where is this exactly located?

pusa said...

thanks to you all

yeah, maybe we came in at the wrong time, it was just after the baptismal session...

@señor - it is located at ilaya, divisoria but sorry i dont know how to give instructions how to go there, my brother literally showed me the way, i cant find my way back there. i'll ask him to sketch a map

Sidney said...

To Eric: it is in Tondo ;-) I can't give you the direction either but it is a landmark so it is not so difficult to find. It is not so far from the Divisoria. But be careful some streets are very impoverished and not really safe.

But it is worth the visit.
You might want to visit this charming little temple when you are around (it is near the Church):
http://www.pinoytravelblog.com/roadtrip/467/santo-sing-kong-buddhist-church-tondo-manila

Sorry, Pusa, I hope you don't mind using your space!

pusa said...

@sidney -no problem at all, glad you shared that link, that was a nice blog

Anonymous said...

Philippine is ONE of the only two predominantly Christian country in Asia - the other one being East Timor ;-)

Anonymous said...

You want to visit the Sto. Nino Church? Pray to Him to show you the way. i did it...we made it. Make a sincere wish..He will grant you.

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