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Filipino Catholics pay tribute to the Sto. Niño amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2021 03:48 PM

Filipino Catholics pay tribute to the Sto. Niño amid the COVID-19 pandemic

A devotee carries a Sto. Niño statue dressed up as a health worker during a Mass in commemoration of the feast day of the Christ Child outside the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Sto. Niño de Tondo on Sunday. According to historical accounts, the devotion to the Sto. Niño in the Philippines started after Ferdinand Magellan presented a statue of the Child Christ to Rajah Humabon as a baptismal gift in 1521, the first recorded conversion of Filipinos to Christianity 500 years ago.