January 9 to 17, 2015

Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland

Rosary starts at 6:00 pm on Sundays, 6:45 pm on other days


Day 1 Fri, 9 Jan 2015

Prayer Theme: Give us a Living Faith so that we may please you in all we do

Choir : Panmure Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : All devotees of Senor Sto. Niño & Organizers/ All Sugbuanons (Cebuanos), Sto Niño Devotees – Papakura and Pukekohe; Waiuku, Bombay & Port Waikato; Sto Niño Devotees- Howick and Flatbush areas; Pakuranga & Dannemora; Sto Niño Devotees – Danao, Cebu

Area Coordinators: Maves Fiel; Fr Sam Pulanco/Cherie Lapaz; Ging Neil ; Judith Hastings


Day 2 Sat, 10 Jan 2015

Prayer Theme: The Grace to Love God with all our heart, soul, mind & strength and Love our Neighbour

Choir : Christ the King Church Filipino Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims: Filipino Catholic Community, Lady of Penafrancia Devotees; Mga Bicolanos; Ilonggo Integrated Association Inc and Devotees of our Lady of Candelaria – Western Visayas Region IV

Area Coordinator:  Boboy & Joy Caballero


Day 3 Sun, 11 Jan 2015

Prayer Theme: Grant us the Virtues of Meekness and Humility so as to progress in our Spiritual Life

Choir : John Paul II Catholic Community – Albany Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims: John Paul II Catholic Community – Albany; Sto Niño Devotees – Glenfield & Albany areas; Sto Niño Devotees – Totara Valley & wider North Shore Areas

Area Coordinators: Diosy & Cathy Tomaquin; Emerson & Bernadette Nufable


Day 4 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 Special Annointing of the Sick

Prayer Theme: Forgiveness and Healing

Choir: Divine Mercy – Queen of Peace Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims: Divine Mercy Devotees – Fr Rory Morrissey, Legion of Mary – Filipino Praesidium, Legion of Mary – Northshore, Legion of Mary – Balmoral, Legion of Mary – National Body, Legion of Mary – South, Leyte-Samar Waraynon NZ

Area Coordinator:  Lito & Mary Ann Bitoon


Day 5 Tue, 13 Jan 2015

Prayer Theme: Grant us the Grace of Repentance of our Sins and Do Penance for them

Choir:  Voice of God Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Sponsors & Pilgrims: Voice of God Charismatic Group & Families; Lightbringers Group; Sto Niño Devotees – Central Auckland; Sto Niño Devotees – Mt Wellington, Panmure & Ellerslie

Area Coordinator: Roland & Chichi Abadingo


Day 6 Wed, 14 Jan 2015

Prayer Theme: Grant us the Virtue of Chastity

Choir: Tawag Awit – Our Lady of Lourdes, Glen Eden Chapter

Sponsors & Pilgrims: Katilingbang Bisaya sa New Zealand (KBNZ) Families & Friends; Sto Niño Devotees – Inner West Auckland and Wider West Auckland; Mother of Perpetual Help Devotees – St. Benedicts

Area Coordinator: Alfred & Merced Belleza


Day 7 Thu, 15 Jan 2015

Prayer Theme: Grant us the Grace to be always Docile to the Promptings of the Holy Spirit so that we can Glorify You

Choir:  North Shore & Milford Choir (c/o Alex Andales & Fr Elrick Jorquia)

Sponsors & Pilgrims: Sto Niño Devotees – Milford, Takapuna, St Thomas More and   the Greater North Shore Areas; Lady of La Naval and Capampangans,  UFCSA Officers & Members Auckland

Area Coordinator – Alex & Carmela Andales, Diosy & Cathy Tomaquin


Day 8 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 Special Blessings for the Children

Prayer  Theme: Bless Your Children who kneel before You, Asking for Your Mercy and Love

Choir: Couples for Christ

Sponsors & Pilgrims: Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries

Area Coordinators: Oscar & Miriam Batucan


Day 9 Sat, 17 Jan 2015

Prayer Theme: Grant us the Virtue of Hope so that we will thirst for heavenly things

Choir: Laetare Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims: Sto Niño Devotees – Papakura ; Sto Niño Devotees – Manurewa, Takanini & South Auckland areas; Devoteees  of Our Lady of Manaoag, Devotees of Nuestra Senyora dela Soledad  (Pangasinan); Sto Niño Devotees – Invercagill; Sto Niño Devotees – Palmerston North

Area Coordintor: Lorna Gayatin & Pia Espleguera, Maria Beth Pilgrim; Wilfred & Rhea Villocido


Concelebrated Mass, 18 Jan 2015 (FIESTA MASS)

Priest: Bishop Patrick Dunn

Choir: Salmo Koro


$2.00 parking – Wilson Carpark after 6pm each night)

38 Teams competing for Sinulog Basketball Cup 2015


38 Teams have officially registered in the two days Sinulog Cup 2015 Basketball competitions to be held at North Shore Events Centre on January 10 and Jan 11, 2015.

There are five (5) different age groups. The winner from each age group will be awarded the Sinulog Cup 2015.

MO – Mens Open
35A – 35 and Above
16U – 16 and Under
14U – 14and Under
11U – 11 and Under

More details will be published in the next few days.


This is another free event organized by the NZ-Filipino devotees of Senor Santo Nino.

Make sure you watch our young people play.


Contact Alex Andales for more information: AlexAndales101@gmail.com

A closer look at our 2015 Sinulog Festival Queens

























Meet the Sinulog NZ 2015 Festival Queen Candidates


Meet our 2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Candidates

Now that entries for the 2015 Sinulog Festival Queen have closed, we are excited to announce that this year we have six entrants. We are proud to introduce them and wish them luck in their fund raising efforts leading up to the fiesta weekend.


2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Entrant – ALTHEA DACULAN


Mabuhay!   My name is Althea Daculan. 15 years ago, I moved here from Cebu at a young age of 7 years old. At that age, I had a lack of understanding and had little memories from my childhood in my hometown, however, thanks to my Family, the Filipino community and events, I’ve come to love the culture and heritage that I come from, and no matter what age, it’s a priceless experience and treasured memory to hold for a long time.

I’ve attended Sinulog events since the event was held back in Mangere, and had only started participating in Sinulog since 2011, and since then, I have never missed a year. Sinulog has helped me grow my appreciation for a beautiful and religious culture, also be thankful to Senior Santo Niño for the many blessings he has given my Family and I, as well as meeting such amazing people along the way, and altogether, helped me grow into the person I am today.
2014 had been a big year me and my family, despite the ups and downs, we continued to pray and keep our faith strong. I wanted to show my thanks to Senior Santo Niño by not only praying and dancing for him, but pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying something new like the experience of being a Sinulog Festival Queen. I wanted to thank him for helping me through the three years of University, for letting me graduate, for landing a job to help support my family, for giving everyone great health and happiness. I also did this to make my Family proud and be recognised on their behalf.

I am a Graphic Designer, and my hobbies include doodling, dancing (kpop) with my cousins, spending time with my friends and family, karaoke, food, travel and learning new things. God Bless you all. Viva Pit Senyor!



2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Entrant – CHLOE EDDS


My name is Chloe Edds and I am a proud half Cebuano & half Australian. I was born & raised here in NZ and currently attend Alfriston College. I consider myself very lucky to belong to the Filipino community in this beautiful country. I have visited Cebu many many times and absolutely love the place, I consider it my second home. Throughout my life I have been to countless Sinulog Festivals here in NZ but as I was so young before, I didn’t really know much about this event and why it was so important to the Philippines, until a couple of years ago during my last visit to Cebu. My family took me to Basilica Minore Del Sto Niño De Cebu. As I was waiting in the long queue I was told of his story and felt so fascinated and amazed at this miracle of God. As soon as I saw the Sto Niño himself, my faith was ignited and I felt as if my faith in God was renewed. I chose to become a Sinulog Festival Queen candidate because I feel that this is not only a pageant of grace, beauty & personality, but for me, it’s an expression of faith to the Balaang Sto Niño. Sinulog ishagit og kusog Pit Senyor!


2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Entrant – JOHNA MAE NAZARENO


Hi. My name is Johna Mae Nazareno. I grew up on the beautiful island of Cebu in the Philippines. I love Cebu for its warm tropical weather, beautiful beaches, wonderful friendly people and delicious  mouth watering mangoes! I have a fun-loving, romantic personality and adventurous outlook on life. Traveling is one of my favourite goals and I have been lucky enough to visit a few countries already outside the Philippines. My ultimate holiday destination is the romantic city of Paris. I would describe myself as having traditional values, with a compassionate, respectful, and caring attitude towards others. My interests include fashion and looking trendy, beauty, modelling and photography, including selfies! I love cooking and Filipino food, the spicier, the better!! I enjoy singing to myself but I am definitely not a candidate for the next NZ X factor!! I have a young beautiful daughter who means everything to me and her life is my life. I have been in New Zealand for three wonderful years with my partner who is a doctor, which is great for getting free medical advice!!! I love the Kiwi lifestyle, as well as meeting other Filipinos here and sharing stories and experiences with them. I am nervous, but also so excited at the opportunity to be involved in the Auckland Sinulog Festival Queen. As I am quite a shy person I hope to be able to improve my confidence as well as support and showcase the culture and traditions of the Philippines here in beautiful Auckland New Zealand.


2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Entrant – MAEGAN PERDIDO


My name is Maegan Perdido.

I am 16 years old and was born and raised in New Zealand. I attend St. Dominic’s Catholic College who promotes the value and motto of “VERITAS” which means “Truth”. I consider myself as a fun and hardworking individual, who has the determination and perseverance to succeed in what i do. I enjoy dancing, singing, baking, and the outdoors. My passion lies in dancing, it is the only way i can freely express myself and communicate through my body what words cannot. Although i am very passionate about dancing, someday i aspire to become a Dentist and own my Dental Clinic. Participating in the Sinulog Festival Queen Competition has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me. But i see this as an opportunity to develop myself into a confident young woman. Being the Festival Queen means being able to spread our devotion and undying faith for Sto.Nino, for the blessings and protection He has bestowed upon us, amongst the wider community. It is about bringing happiness and hope to the community with the image of Sto.Nino and “Living to the undying spirit of one beat, one dance.”

Through the participation of the Sinulog Festival, as a Festival Queen, i hope to make my family proud and also advocate happiness and gratitude through the image of Jesus Christ. I hope to be remembered as a fun, driven, and friendly person.

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities are limitless.”- Jamie Paolenetti.

Viva Pit Senyor!



2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Entrant – METZIL BERMUDEZ


My name is Metzil Bermudez. I was born and raised in Davao City, Philippines and moved to New Zealand back in 2009. I’m currently studying Hospitality Management and aspiring to become a successful HR in the future. I am outgoing, bubbly, and a friendly individual. I also enjoy reading books, cooking, dancing, singing and most especially, spending quality time with my loved ones.


2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Entrant – XYRENE COPE


My name is Xyrene Cope. I am 17 years old. I recently graduated high school here in New Zealand and plan to study an Architecture course at a University next year.

I have had great passion in dancing since I was at a very young age till this day. I am proud to have choreographed a Filipino Cultural dance for my school’s mass. I have also joined dance competitions and was one of the choreographers. I have danced in many places and in many ways and I want to continue this skill to the upcoming event, Sinulog Festival 2015 as one of the Sinulog Festival Queen candidate. I believe that this is one way that I could express and showcase my culture with respect, love, pride and joy. Sinulog is important to me as we spread our devotion for Sto. Nino and this is one of the events that brings us all Filipinos together with ‘One beat, One dance, One vision.’
I am a very shy person with a friendly personality, participating in Sinulog as a Queen candidate will definitely improve my confidence and in everything I do I will remember to stay humble and remember my school’s motto “Optima Quaere” which means to Seek the Best.
Viva Pit Senyor!



It’s only 6 weeks to go for the fiesta of our beloved Senor Santo Nino. After a Solemn 9-days of prayer at St Patrick’s Cathedral (Jan 9 – Jan 17, 2015) and a solemn fiesta celebration at North Shore Events Centre on Jan 18,2015, we will continue our celebrations with our traditional Sinulog Festivities.

As part of the celebrations, we will showcase the talents and giftedness of our Young generation and the talent of our Filipino Designers.

Visit Sinulog NZ facebook page and the Santo Nino website( www.santo-nino.org) for more details.

Updates from the Sinulog NZ Festival Queen Committee

The Sinulog NZ Festival Queen will receive $400.00 cash prize plus goodies
The 1st Runner up will get $300.00 cash prize plus goodies
The 2nd Runner up will get $200.00 cash prize plus goodies.

The rest of the Candidates will be awarded with lots of prizes too.

Updates for the WEAR MY DESIGN Competition

The 1st prize will get $400.00 cash prize
2nd prize will get $300.00 cash prize
3rd prize will get $200.00 cash prize

Thank you to the NZ-Filipino Sto Nino Devotees Trust.


Festival Queen candidates will have practice every Saturday from 1pm.

Dates & Venue as follows:
Dec 6 = Grey Lynn Library Hall
Dec 27 = Mt Albert Senior Citizens Hall
Jan 10 = Mt Albert Citizens Hall (1st rehearsal for all participants, ie dances & candidates)

There will be additional practices between Christmas and New year and the first few days of the New Year.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Website pages for announcements.

God bless us all
Tito Oscar and Tita Miriam

Santo Nino – Sinulog NZ group supports Cooperative Bank Limited New Debt Consolidation program

To all our Friends and Families,

The Cooperative Bank Limited has been very supportive of the SANTO NINO Project for a Pilgrim Centre and has been a corporate partner to the Annual Sto Nino Fiestas and Cultural Festival and the quarterly SANTO NINO sponsored community activities.

They are running a new debt consolidation offer and they give a further .5% discount on the interest rate if 2 insurances are taken with the loan. Any loan referrals from Sto Nino will get S donation to SANTO NINO once the loan is drawn down.

As a Major Patron of SANTO NINO Annual and Quarterly events and the Project for a SANTO NINO Pilgrim Centre, we support them in this promotion.

May we, in turn, request your help in forwarding this message to your FRIENDS, FAMILIES, DEVOTEES and SUPPORTERS of SENOR SANTO NINO who we may not be able to reach.

You can contact Joyce Gesta of the Cooperative Bank, Onehunga Branch on her work Phone 09 622 9066 or perhaps her Mobile 027 509 7256.


Thank you for your continued support to the Devotion to SENOR SANTO NINO and our projects and activities. This offer is open to everyone including our non-Filipino friends and you will get a special discount and some privileges if you say you are a supporter of SANTO NINO.

Tito Oscar and Tita Miriam

Click on this link for more details:


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT for Festival Queens 2015

To ALL our Beautiful and Adorable Candidates for the Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 competition:

First of all, on behalf of the NZ-Filipino Devotees of Santo Nino group, I would like to thank you for your commitment to support the upcoming fiesta of Senor Santo Nino on Jan 18, 2015 and some major events in 2015.

The project on the Sinulog Festival Queen Competition is geared towards bringing together our young people and give them the opportunity to showcase their gifts and talents, meet new friends and create camaraderie amongst them.

In 2015, we will also run, for the first time, the WEAR MY DESIGN completion. This will give a chance to our gifted designers to showcase their talents.  Their design will be modelled by the candidates themselves.

We thank you and appreciate your support.

God bless

Tito Oscar and Tita Miriam

Just some notices:

1st: Kindly be guided by the following schedules (this is compulsory as advised to you at sign up):

Nov 22 (Saturday) from 10 am to 1pm at Wynyard Quarter– Photo shoot (Candidates need to bring two sets of outfit: one cocktail dress and the other a long gown)

Nov 23 (Sunday) from 10am to 1pm at Wynyard Quarter – Video taking (Candidates to wear smart casual clothes. Please come in summer wear (preferably colourful). Joey will be asking the contestants to dance and show their personalities and fun side)


We encourage all candidates to choose clothes that reflect modest Christian standards with ‘decency and propriety’.


Click the links below for the 2014 photo shoot and video so you will have an idea of how the photo shoot and video take were done.




2nd: Kindly email me or Chichi (@konsuy@gmail.com) your photos for initial posting on FB and the website

3rd: Enclosed is a list of your co-candidates so you can share your thoughts with them and at least know each other before your photoshoot.

Candidate Facebook Designer
1.     Xyrene Cope Xyrene Cope TBA
2.     Chloe Edds Chloe Edds TBA
3.     Althea Daculan Althea Daculan Jasmine
4.     J’ Ann Canlas J-an Canlas TBA
5.     Johna Mae Nazareno
6.     Rhonne Maegan Perdido Dennis Sayat
7.     Metzil Bermudez Ginno Gomez


Canvassing of votes schedule:

1st Counting: Dec 30

2nd Counting: Jan 7

3rd Counting: Jan 16

4th: Facebook voting (runs closer to fiesta day – TO BE ADVISED)


If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to call me or text me so I can call you.


Tita Miriam 027 4875 428

Tito Oscar 027 570 1139

Sinulog 2015 Dance Schedule


To the Cultural Production Team and Prospective Sinulog Dancers: Many have witnessed to the immense blessings they have received by offering their time, talent and gifts to Sto Nino thru their dance offering and most of all their prayers. God’s grace abounds in our prayers and praises which, in this instance, we offer thru our […]

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Search for Sinulog Festival Queen 2015


The Search for Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 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 santonino@xtra.co.nz  

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Sinulog Festival Wear my Design 2015 Contest


Wear my Design 2015 is the first ever Sinulog Festival Gown Design Contest. If you are a fashion designer ready to unleash your creative magic on our Sinulog Festival Queens, this contest is for you. To join, email santonino@xtra.co.nz or get in touch with France Martirez

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Sinulog 2015 Art Contest for 13-18 year olds


  The “One Beat, One Dance, One Vision” Sinulog Art Contest is now open to interested artists 13 to 18 years old. Participants should create a poster following the theme of the contest. You are free to use any medium in making the poster. The poster should be placed on 15″x20″ sized illustration board. Slogan […]

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Sinulog 2015 Art Contest for 7 to 12 year olds

The very first Sinulog Art Contest is now open to young artists from 7 to 12 years old. Participants should create a poster that answers the question: “What does Sinulog mean to you?” You are free to use any medium in making the poster. The poster should be placed on 15″x20″ sized illustration board. Slogan […]

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Sinulog 2015 Festival of Dances (Participants required)


NZ Sinulog 2015’s Theme is Festival of Dances. For those interested to participate in the presentation, please contact the organizers through santonino@xtra.co.nz or Diane Edmonds

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Installation & Blessing of the Chapel for Senyor Sto Niño (Gratitude List)


VIVA SENOR SANTO NINO!!! PIT SENOR!!! July 18, 2014 was a historic event, another milestone, in our devotions to Senor Santo Nino in New Zealand – the Installation and Blessing of a Chapel for Senor Santo Nino and Mass of Thanksgiving at St Benedict’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand First and foremost, I would like to […]

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Installation & Blessing of the Chapel for Senyor Sto Niño

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Sinulog Dance for Senyor Sto Niño during the Installation at St. Benedicts Church

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Installation & Blessing of the Chapel for Senyor Sto Niño (Photos)

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Invitation to the Installation & Blessing of the Chapel for Senyor Sto Niño

Inviting you all to join us for the Installation and Blessing of the Chapel of Senor Santo Nino (Holy Infant Jesus) on Friday, the 18th of July 2014. This will be at the St. Benedict’s Church. Mass starts at 7:30 pm. Parking will be free at Wilson’s car park on the corner of Alex Evans […]

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Novena to Senyor Sto Niño

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Devotion Schedule


ONGOING WEEKLY DEVOTIONS 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 […]

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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 […]

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It’s Christmas Picnic Time


To everyone who have worked so hard to make all our activities, novena-masses and events for Senyor Santo Nino so blessed by God and by your presence, we would like to celebrate. A Good way to celebrate our working together is to have fun together. This time we want to hold our Youth & Family […]

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