(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) - The cold weather coupled with drizzle which reigned dawn time today has failed to dampen the faith of more than Fifty-seven thousand devotees as they successfully journey with the Holy Child's image for this year's annual 'Walk with Jesus'.
Cebu City Mayor Michael L Rama was among those thousands of devotees who partook in the religious activity which started the first day of the 9-day Novena Mass for the annual Fiesta Señor celebration today January 8, 2015.
The People's Mayor attended the event both as a devotee of Santo Niño de Cebu and as a hands-on chief executive of this Queen City of the South ensuring the smooth flow of the activity, safety and security of everyone.
Bringing with them the images of Baby Jesus, thousands of devotees flocked and flooded the procession route from Fuente Rotunda to the Basilica del Santo Niño which kicked off at 4 o'clock early morning Thursday.
The penitential procession lasted for more than an hour before the carroza, which bears the Holy Child's image arrived at the Pilgrim Center. Everyone prayed the Holy Rosary while walking.
Right after the solemn procession, the first Novena Mass followed and was officiated by Fr. Jonas Mejares, the rector of the Basilica del Santo Niño.
In his homily, Father Mejares appealed to everyone to pay homage to Senior Santo Niño and to bear in mind that the Holy Child is the reason why we are celebrating the Sinulog Festivity.
The singing priest also reminds the devotees that it is okay to dream but not too much, and rendered the song entitled, "The Impossible Dream".
The holy novena mass was highlighted by the installation of Hermano and Hermana Mayor for this year, the doctor couple Jose and Jill Enreque.
Furthermore, the first activity for this year's Fiesta Señor celebration turned out to be a huge success. This year's celebration bears the theme, “Santo Niño : Hope of the People.” (By: Greggy Jiggs Senados, PIO Staff)