50 0 0 4 min to read

Religious tourism draws tourists and followers to Antique

Visitors to the province of Antique are welcome to worship and meditate in front of the different representations of the Sto. Nino in the exhibition known as “Ang Balaan Nga Bata,” or The Holy Child, at the former Antique capitol building in this capital city.

In an interview on Wednesday, Juan Carlos Perlas, the Antique Provincial Tourism Officer (APTO), stated that as part of the promotion of religious tourism, for the first time, approximately 27 collections of the various images of the Sto. Nino is on display from January 16 through the end of the month.

“We encourage visitors and followers to attend the exhibit since it provides us with both a religious and a historical experience,” Perlas added.

He continued by saying that one of the Spanish influences deeply ingrained in Filipino culture is their devotion to Saint Nicholas.

During the Sto. Nino celebration in the third week of January, the APTO set up the display in collaboration with a group of followers from the Antique Circulo of los Devotos del Nino Jesus directed by Richard Magbanua.

Niki de Los Reyes Torres, the APTO Special Projects Coordinator, reported that on average 50 visitors come each day to pray and meditate on the portraits of the Child Jesus.

Every day, believers, students, and visitors from various backgrounds visit the display, according to Torres.

He continued, “The treasures are owned by (eight) elderly families from Antique who have a strong attachment to the Sto. Nino.

The oldest object on display is a wooden Sto. Nino or Baby Jesus in swaddling clothing that dates to the 1800s, is owned by the de Los Reyes family.

There are also the prototypes for St. Nicholas of Cebu and St. Nicholas of Romblon, which feature a depiction of a prince wearing a crown, scepter, and royal cape.

The public is reminded to always exercise generosity through images of Sto. Nino de Palaboy dressed as a beggar, Salvador del Mundo, also known as the Savior of the World, and Baby Jesus with a bottle, which embodies innocence and playfulness.

In conjunction with the Feast Day of Patron Saint Blaise, a pilgrimage location renowned for healing miracles, APTO is getting ready for increased religious tourism in Sebaste town in January of the next year.

QR Code

Save/Share this story with QR CODE

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute endorsement of any specific technologies or methodologies and financial advice or endorsement of any specific products or services.

πŸ“© Need to get in touch? Feel free to Email Us for comments, suggestions, reviews, or anything else.

We appreciate your reading. 😊Simple Ways To Say Thanks & Support Us:
1.) ❀️GIVE A TIP. Send a small donation thru Paypal😊❀️
Your DONATION will be used to fund and maintain NEXTGENDAY.com
Subscribers in the Philippines can make donations to mobile number 0917 906 3081, thru GCash.
4.) πŸ‘ Give this news article a THUMBS UP, and Leave a Comment (at Least Five Words).

World Class Nutritional Supplements - Buy Highest Quality Products, Purest Most Healthy Ingredients, Direct to your Door! Up to 90% OFF.
Join LiveGood Today - A company created to satisfy the world's most demanding leaders and entrepreneurs, with the best compensation plan today.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x