Search for Sinulog Festival Queen 2018

The Search for Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 is on. This is open to all ladies of distinction from 16 to 25 years old and of good moral character. For details, please email



Devotion Schedule


Venue: St. Benedicts Church, St. Benedicts St., Newton, Auckland

6:30pm Rosary followed by Novena to Senyor Sto Niño every 2nd, 3rd & 4th Friday of the month

7:30pm Mass for Senyor Santo Niño every 3rd Friday of the month

Other devotions at St Benedict’s Church organized by the Sto Nino Devotees Group

1st Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (6:30pm Eucharistic Adoration & mass at 7:30pm with Anointing with Holy Oil)

Every Wednesdays, novena mass to Our Mother of Perpetual Help : Rosary at 6:45pm followed by Novena then mass at 7:30pm



This is a house to house weekly visitation of the Pilgrim Statues of Senyor Sto. Niño in designated homes organized by the Hermano and Hermana covering the different areas of Auckland.

The New Hermanos & Hermanas for 2016
Rufino and Bernalyn Ganzan – to cover North & West Auckland
Christopher and Janice Cruz – to cover East & South Auckland

Sto Niño Devotions & House to House Pilgrim Statue Permanent Coordinators 

Milford area = Alex & Carmela Andales

Palmerston North = Wilfred & Rhea Villocido

Central Auckland = Roland & Chichi Abadingo

Eastern Auckland and Howick = Cherrie Lapaz

Inner-West Auckland = Boboy & Joy Caballero

Wider part of West Auckland = Alfred & Merced Belleza

Waiuku, Port Waikato & Bombay = Mrs Ging Neil & Family

Manurewa & Takanini = Lorna Gayatin & Family

CFC – Papakura & North Shore Families & Danaoaons – Lito & Mary ann Bitoon

Papakura & Pukekohe= Judith Hastings & Family

Glenfield, Totara Valley and Wider North Shore = Emerson & Bernadette Nufable

Albany = Cathy Tomaquin & Family

Howick, Flat Bush & Dannemora = Maves Fiel & Family

South Auckland = Yvette Esplaguera & Family

Invercargill – Maria Beth Batucan-Pilgrim & Family


Click on this link to find directions to St. Benedict’s Church, 1 St Benedicts Street, Newton 1010

Monthly Community Event – Evening Schedule

First Friday every month – Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

6:30pm – Eucharistic Adoration

7:30pm – Mass in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

8:30pm – Networking & consultation among migrants

Venue: St Benedict’s church


Wednesday every week – Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

6:45pm – Rosary followed by Novena prayers

7:30pm – Mass

8:30pm – Networking & consultation among migrants

Venue: St Benedict’s church


2nd & 4th Fridays of the month – Bible Sharing & Reflections

Hosted by Voice of God Catholic Charismatic Renewal

7:00pm – Fellowship

7:30pm – Praise & Worship followed by Bible Sharing & Reflections

9:00pm – Networking & consultation among migrants

Venue: St Benedict’s church-crypt

August Sinulog NZ Community Outreach Programme

A very heartfelt thank you to ALL volunteers at the Sto Nino – Sinulog NZ Community Outreach Programme at the Ryman Healthcare – Sir Edmund Hillary Village.
Special thanks to all performers, our Sinulog dancers: Mercy Catacutan, Molyn Martinez, Dimple Espenido, April Cal, Clarissa Parado, Zhyryll Parado, Lianne Huang. To the wonderful singing talents: Alyssa Caballero, Ruby Rizada, John Booc & Ina Repizo. To the very talented choreographer & professional dance instructor Alyx Ty. And to All who came to give us an inspiration. It has been a very successful outreach programme. Thank you all for your heart of service. PIT SENYOR!!!


July Sinulog NZ Community Outreach Programme

Thank you to the Sinulog NZ Community Programme Volunteers who came to the Edmund Hillary Retirement Village

“Dedicated hearts like yours
Are not so easy to find.
It takes a special person to be
So generous and kind.

To care so much for your fellow man
Is a quality all too rare.
Yet you give of your time and talents,
For all in need to share.

So thank you for being a volunteer,
We’re privileged to work with you.
We want you to know how appreciated you are,
Not just today, but the whole year through.”

poem lifted from

Photographs to remember this day.

Financial Accounts for year ended 31 March 2017 reviewed by SBA – Onehunga

Click on the link to view details of the Financial Accounts for year ended 31 March 2017 reviewed by SBA – Onehunga


May Sinulog NZ Community Outreach Programme

Sinulog NZ Community Outreach program at the Edmund Hillary Retirement Village. Kindness and love for the elderly makes for a happy spirit. Pit Senyor!

Message of Thanks to ALL



Words are not enough to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the support we have received in our devotions to Senor Santo Nino.

I wish to thank first of all our Bishop, His Grace Bishop Patrick Dunn, for celebrating our fiesta mass and all his prayerful support in our undertakings.

Thank you to all Priests who celebrated mass each night of the novena, to all Devotional groups, Community Choir, Ministers of the Word, Ministers of Communion, Rosary & Novena leaders, those who offered gifts, our altar servers headed by Moses Martinez, collectors, Tom our parking warden, Jimmy & Veronica who locked up each night, Basillo the Cathedral custodian, those who provided candles and our candle lighters & Candle Distributors, those who did clean up after mass each night, our Liturgical dancers & choreographer, the Welcomers, Commentators, to Chichi Abadingo our Liturgy Coordinator who did an excellent job of sending out all invites & reminders to all community groups and coordinated different tasks during the mass, to Cherry Fernandez who organized our Ministers of Communion during the 9-days and the fiesta mass, to our 9-days novena Commentators Ado Flores & Rommil Fernandez, to Rommil who was the over-all mass coordinator for the Fiesta Mass, To Dra Allen & the Villamor Family, Paderanga Sisters & Mila Rigby for our flower supply for the 9days novena Masses, to Alfred & Merced Belleza Family & Saldua Family for the unending supply of candles each day, to Jess Inoncillo who did our decorations at the fiesta and our florists, Paula, Ging Neil & Judith Hastings, to Alex Andales who managed our sounds & technical systems with Dexter Ycong & the Edwards NZ group, our family and those who prayed and worshipped with us during the 9 days of solemn mass and prayers including all the parishioners of the Cathedral of St Patrick’s & St Joseph, to Mons Bernard Kiely for his guidance and prayers, to Mari Pipe and the staff at St Patrick’s Cathedral for their support, to all our sponsors especially Western Union and Cooperative Bank and their officers present, To Philippine Airlines & Ms Didi Virata, To Planet Earth & Mrs Edith Carpenter, To Ariel & Fe Abrogena and Phil NZ, To Electoral Commission NZ & Michelle Machin, To Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, to Lion Foundation, all our benefactors, patrons, supporters and hundreds of volunteers, to my co-trustees and our Sto Nino Area Coordinators as well as Hermanos & Hermanas who relentlessly promote the Devotions to our beloved Senor Santo Nino. A very special thanks to the Holy Cross Papatoetoe Choir who did a splendid job in the singing at the fiesta mass, to Ava Café the new Fiesta Commentator and to everyone who served during the Fiesta Mass.

Special thanks also go to our lovely Sinulog Festival Queen candidates and their families and to our Board of Judges in the competition: Rex Yap, Joy Caballero (Head of Judges), Edith Carpenter, Cora Noblejas, Nida Gray-Bond, Pilar Boyle & Min Roche, Kookie Samin and Seresa Lapaz, a 2nd runner-up in the recent Miss Universe New Zealand pageant. Congratulations to the winner, Nicole Kimberley Tabar and her court.

Very special thanks to all those who participated in the 1st ever Lantern Making Contest and to the Board of Judges: Ariel Abrogena, Michelle Machin & Red Arrow. Congratulations to the winner Ingrid Magallon. In addition, to the Electoral Commission NZ for their support on this project.

The list goes on and on and my sincere apologies if there is anyone or any group that I may have missed on the list.

It is a blessing to have many people embrace and keep close to their heart the devotions to Senor Santo Nino.

A Very Special thanks to each and every one who worked hard to make our Fiesta celebration another huge success. To all our financial Donors and Benefactors, our Santo Nino prayer warriors and everyone who offered prayers.

Special thanks also go to Fr Sherwin Lapaan who sacrificed his time for most of the 9-days Novena-masses to assist us in every way he can. To ALL concelebrating priests during the Fiesta celebration, to His Excellency Ambassador Jesus Domingo, Hon Consul General Atty Paulo Garcia, for gracing our celebration, Fiesta Liturgical dancers & Eloise Gantuangco, Security Team – Parking Wardens headed by Michael Martinez and to the Red Badge Security Group, to Dr Oliver Samin and his team of nurses making available their emergency assistance where required, to St John Ambulance First Response Team, , to all our vendors, Kevin & Scotto and the team at North Shore Events Centre.

To ALL cultural dancers and support crew in our cultural productions, To Alyx Ty for all choreography and to the hardworking Cultural Team Coordinator, Diane Edmonds.

To everyone who performed in the Sinulog Cultural program:

The Sinulog Drumline Team of drummers and our beautiful Majorettes; to Virgie Russell of Capo & Trini Madison who organized the Maskara dance, to Fr Elrick Jorquia & Joshua Duting for their song renditions Trini Madison, Xyrene Cope’s hip-hop dance group; OFF TOPIC group performance arranged by Ann De Guzman, to our outgoing Sinulog Festival Queen 2016 Dimple Espenido and her court and their families.

To our 9-days very energetic photographer Boboy Caballero assisted by Martin Caballero. To our official photographer Arnold Viray Company; our official videographer -Jeff Juit & Light Per Second Company.

Very, very special thanks to our Prayer Warriors who offer unceasing prayers for all prayer intentions.

My sincere apologies once again if there is anyone I may have inadvertently missed. Thank you once again.

We all have our needs. Let us avail of the continued prayers of our Prayer Warriors by emailing us on or register it in our website

We have many things to thank God for. Let us offer these in our monthly novena-masses every 3rd Friday of the month 7pm at St Benedict’s church, #1 St Benedict Street, Newton, Auckland. Please join us.

Let this be our prayer:

Oh Senor Santo Nino, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in all the blessings you have bestowed on us. In Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing in our devotions to you and in all our undertakings throughout the year.


Oscar and Miriam Batucan

In behalf of the NZ-Filipino Sto Nino Devotees and Board of Trustees

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