At the Sto Nino procession in Cebu

It’s been a while since I last posted in this blog but with the new theme that I am currently tweaking and as I am overhauling my portfolio site, allow me to post a few images I took yesterday before dawn during the religious procession in honor of the Sto Nino, the Holy Child, a representation of the child god in military finery. The event is the start of the nine day novena masses for the feast of the Sto Nino on the third Sunday of January. This also signals the Sinulog Festivities which is the biggest in Cebu.

The procession started at around 0430H yesterday starting from the Fuente Osmena where several devotees gathered and proceeded to the Basilica del Sto Nino. Although I took several shots, with several more images posted in my travel blog, Langyaw as a photo essay, including the colored versions of these three images, I find these three photos more interesting and just happens to be portraits of the people attending the procession.

Like other religious processions that I’ve covered before, this was no different and was a bit challenging because I’m only using available light, no flash. Although the road where the procession was done has streetlights, there are some portions wherein there is just not enough light and I’m forced to use a very high ISO, especially in the sacristan photo, first. But the other two, it was more of the candle light and a nearer streetlight that made it less difficult to shoot.

A sacristan walks solemnly during the procession

An old woman devotee with candle and Sto Nino images on hand

A devotee carrying her image of the Sto Nino