Sto. Niño gets spot in air­port

Sun.Star Cebu - - SINULOG 2019 -

Six days be­fore the Fi­esta Señor day, the Basil­ica Mi­nore del Sto. Niño (BMSN) handed over a blessed image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu to the of­fi­cials of the Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port Author­ity (MCIAA) dur­ing the “Sin­u­log sa Air­port Kick­off” on Mon­day, Jan. 14.

MCIAA per­son­nel, in­clud­ing other devo­tees, ex­pressed their de­vo­tion dur­ing the en­throne­ment of­fi­ci­ated by Rev. Fr. Paci­fico No­jara, OSA at the ar­rival area of the MCIA Ter­mi­nal 2, where the blessed image was placed start­ing Mon­day, Jan. 14.

No­jara said this ini­tia­tive is in ful­fill­ment of the prom­ise of Bishop Den­nis Vil­larojo dur­ing the bless­ing of the MCIA Ter­mi­nal 2, on June 30 last year, that the Basil­ica Mi­nore del Sto. Niño would give the air­port an image of the child Je­sus.

“Dur­ing the bless­ing of this ter­mi­nal (MCIA Ter­mi­nal 2), I was with some other priests with Bishop Den­nis Vil­larojo. Then af­ter the mass, the bless­ing, Bishop Vil­larojo asked me ‘Jun, please give an image of the Sto. Niño here (MCIA). So, mao na ni siya nga image,” he said.

GMR-Me­gaw­ide Cebu Air­port Corp. (GMCAC) chief ex­ec­u­tive ad­viser An­drew Ac­quaah-Har­ri­son that this is timely for the Ce­buano “ba­lik­bayans” who wish to come to Cebu and cel­e­brate the feast of the Sto. Niño.

“It is the first time (that the MCIAA re­ceived an image of the child Je­sus from the BMSN.) We felt that many peo­ple think of Sin­u­log as a fes­ti­val, but also so many Filipinos rec­og­nized that Sin­u­log is the be­gin­ning of a very im­por­tant pe­riod of Chris­tian­ity. It was very fit­ting that as we kick off the Sin­u­log events, we should have the blessed image of the Sto. Niño here in the air­port, be­cause a lot of the ba­lik­bayans are com­ing home,” said Har­ri­son.

Cristina Alan, GMCAC deputy chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, said the turnover of the blessed image of the Sto. Niño re­in­forced the faith of the Ce­buanos.

“Putting it here rec­og­nizes the fact that we cel­e­brate this oc­ca­sion. It’s an of­fer­ing that what­ever we do, the suc­cess of the air­port we of­fer to Señor Sto. Niño. We also would like the pas­sen­gers that will ar­rive to also of­fer their pe­ti­tions and for them to be blessed as they come to the city,” she said.

She said the MCIAA hopes to put up the same image of the child Je­sus in MCIA Ter­mi­nal 1.

“Hope­fully, when we’re done with the ren­o­va­tion of the Ter­mi­nal 1, we’ll have the same image of the Sto. Niño,” she added.

A short Sin­u­log dance pre­sen­ta­tion was of­fered af­ter the en­throne­ment of the blessed image of the child Je­sus at the ar­rival area of the MCIA Ter­mi­nal 2.

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