This coming weekend, thousands of worshipers will be joining the traditional colorful Catholic
procession in Tondo, Manila in honor of the Sto. Niño and in the belief that doing so will bring
about graces, luck and miracles and grant them their wishes.
It was said that sometime in 1521, the original icon of the Child Jesus was brought into the
country by a Portuguese explorer who went to the central Philippines, as a gift to the pagan-
worshipping natives. This event marked the country’s conversion to Christianity.
The feast of the Sto. Niño is being celebrated every third Sunday of January. The procession,
called ‘Lakbayaw,’ is held a day before. This year, it will be held this coming Saturday, starting at
In the past recent years, the said procession had been usually preceded by an early morning
Mass at the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish Church and is marked by floats bearing images of the Virgin
Mary, Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus, while others parade their statues of the Sto. Niño by either
carrying them or placing them outside of their houses to welcome the parade.
Images of the Sto. Niño are usually dressed in various apparel -- policemen, firemen, doctor,
etcetera -- and mounted in colorful floats and vehicles, including pedicabs and ‘habal-habal.’
Surely, the fiesta celebration will be marked with various forms of revelry and heavy
drinking. Let us just hope that no untoward incident, violence or tragedy will mar the
occasion and that the residents will finally learn to let their alcohol intake rule over their
stomachs and not their heads.
Happy safe, peaceful and meaningful fiesta to all of you Tondo residents out there!!!
House Senior Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza has renewed his
support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to revise the 1987 Constitution, and called for the
election of constitutional convention (Con-con) delegates alongside the 2019 mid-term polls, saying
Congress should waste no time in calling for a Con-con now and forget about simply mustering itself
into a constituent assembly to propose changes to the Charter.
Atienza pointed out that the President himself strongly advocated a constitutional convention
while he was still a runner in 2016 and immediately after he was elected into office.
In fact, he said, congressional records will show that owing to the President’s early
pronouncements favoring a constitutional convention, many of them in the House and in the Senate
scrambled in July 2016 to file bills and resolutions calling for a Con-con.
According to him, the extra budget required by a Con-con should not dissuade Congress and
that our leaders should not hesitate to invest in the preparation of a new Constitution that could
free up the national economy from the clutches of oligarchs, build genuine peace and order, provide
full employment and guarantee every Filipino family a rising standard of living.
He is right in saying that the budget for a Con-con is a sensible investment in the future of
our children and grandchildren and that in no way should we consider it an improvident expense.
Notably, this is the first time in more than 30 years that we will be rewriting the
Constitution and as such, we might as well invest wisely in perfecting a truly responsive and highly
relevant new Charter through a constitutional convention.
In previous administrations, attempts by Congress to convene into a constituent assembly were
rejected by the public, mainly due to fears that lawmakers might introduce self-serving amendments,
including the removal of restrictions to the number of terms they and their family members may serve
in elected offices.
Beauty tip -- To help prevent and control hairfall, massage the scalp for 10 to 15 minutes
after bathing with water. This stimulates the blood circulation and strengthens the hair follicles in
the scalp. (Source: Dr. Rosary May Canay-Diaz of Californian Bloom Aesthetic Institute and Medical
Jokjok (from Tommy Navalete of Taguig City) -- Customer: Waiter!! Ano ba naman itong toothpick ninyo
dito, nag-iisa na nga lang tapos ang dali pang mabali! Walang kakwenta-kwenta!!/Waiter: Naku sir,
excuse me pero matibay ho ang toothpick namin ha! Sa totoo lang sir, sa dami ng gumamit niyan, kayo
lang ho ang nakabali!
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