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, collectors, Tom our parking warden, those who provided candles and our candle lighters, those who did clean up after mass each night, our Liturgical dancers & choreographer, the Welcomers, Commentators, to Chichi Abadingo for sending out all invites to all the groups and coordinated different task during the mass, to Cherry Fernandez who prepared our song sheets each night, our family and those who prayed and worshipped with us during the 9 days of solemn mass and prayers.


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.


To everyone who joined in the procession, to Dr Allen Villamor & Annie Paderanga for leading the prayers, to the Saldua, Belleza and Taghoy families for the abundant supply of candles, To Izeck & Ina and Jeane Colle for providing music support during the novena, to Jess Enoncillo who designed our altar and hall decorations, Ging Neil and Judith Hastings, Paula and Kim who assisted in flower arrangements, to Shanelle who made our balloon pillars assisted by Gretta, to Alex & Carmela who arranged the Hall, to Dexter Ycong for his sounds & music service and Paula who helped in the decorations all day on Saturday, to the guys at North Shore Events.


Special thanks also goes to Fr Larry Rustia who sacrificed his time all thru the 9-days to guide us and assist us in every way he can. To ALL concelebrating priests during the Fiesta celebration, to Hon Sam Lotu Iiga for gracing our celebration by his presence, to Dr Parmeet Palmar, Consul General Atty Paulo Garcia & his wife Malu, to Sister Alice Hardiman, to all Ministers of Communion, Aljane Estrada our commentator, to Ado Flores our reader, to the children who read the Prayers of the faithful, altar servers, Fiesta Liturgical dancers & Eloise Gantuangco, offerors, collectors, Security Team – Parking Wardens headed by Michael Martinez, to all our vendors, to Norman and his van hireage.


To our 2015 Sinulog Festival Queen Chloe Edds and her court.

To the 2016 Festival Queens Dimple Espenido, Vea Estoconing & Zhyryll Parado and their families and those who gave support. To our Team of judges and to the very versatile & capable EMCEE Ferdinand Esclamado.


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 Nico & Steve Hidalgo and to Xyrene’s hip-hop group, to Mark Singson who sang the national anthem of NZ and the Philippines and his song during the programme, to Fr Elrick Jorquia who also sang during the program.


To the Sinulog NZ Drumline team of drummers, Sinulog Santa Parade 2015 dancers and choreographer Alyx Ty.


To our corporate partners: Cooperative Bank and Western Union

Our grant companies: Auckland Council, Lion Foundation, Devonport – Takapuna Local Board, Four Winds Foundation

Our sponsors: SMDC, Philippine Air Lines , The Filipino Chanel


The list can go on and on. My sincere apologies if there is anyone I may have inadvertently missed. Thank you once again.


Let this be our prayer:

Oh Senor Santo Nino, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. 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

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


Sinulog 2016 Raffle Draw Winners

Congratulations Delia Espenido (2nd prize winner of the Sinulog 2016 Raffle draw) for winning a Round Trip Ticket for 2 to Queenstown. Delia Espenido receiving her prize from Oscar & Miriam Batucan. Pit Senyor!
















Congratulations to Ryan Penaflor (3rd prize winner of the Sinulog 2016 Raffle draw) for winning a basket of grocery items. Mom Elena Penaflor receiving his prize together with Oscar and Miriam Batucan. Pit Senyor!



Sinulog Festival 2016 Winners

Congratulations !

Sinulog NZ 2016 Festival Queen

Sinulog NZ 2016 Festival Queen  – Rholiedhel ‘Dimple’ Espenido

1st Runner Up – Vea Claire Diola Estoconing

2nd Runner Up  – Zhyryll Krystynn Parado

Miss Popularity – Zhyryll Krystynn Parado



Wear my Design Contest Winners

1st Place – Ginno Gomez (for Vea Claire Estoconing)
2nd Place – Ryan Jude Espenido with Frances & Lilian Martirez (for Dimple Espenido)
3rd Place – Clarissa Parado (for Zhyryll Parado)



Sinulog 2016 Raffle Draw Winners

3rd Prize Winners – Basket of Groceries

Paula Lelis
Angelo Bagay
Ryan Penaflor
Gladys Nicolas

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2nd Prize Winner – Round Trip Ticket for 2 to Queenstown

Delia Nemenzo Espenido














1st Prize Winner – Round Trip Ticket for 2 to Gold Coast
Tulip Alcontin Ramirez













special prize
Round Trip ticket to Manila via PAL
Ezra Ortiz


2016 Hermano/Hermana

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Jun & Bernalyn Ganzan

Message from Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-liga

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The number of Snr Sto Nino de Cebu devotees continues to grow in Auckland reflected not just by the number of people attending the novena masses; but also by the requests for the image of the Holy Child to stay in their homes.

There is no denying that Filipinos in New Zealand have re-invigorated the Catholic Church as we attend not just the Sunday masses; but also commemorate the feasts of our favourite saints.  Surely, we are meant not just to earn a living in Aotearoa, but also, to propagate Christianity in a highly secular society.

As the faithful once more celebrate the Feast of Snr Sto Nino de Cebu; let us kneel in gratitude to Jesus Christ for responding to petitions and keeping us strong in faith.

Pit Senor!

Mel and Debbie Libre












Being the Hermano and Hermana for 2015 was a happy experience for us. We wish to thank the people who we met along the way to make the year more pleasant and worth while. We are grateful and honoured that we were able to serve and spread the faith and the devotion to the Senyor Sto Nino. Our task is not yet finish. As long as we live, our commitment to God will always remain. We will continue to pray for the devotion to thrive and the devotees increase in numbers as well as for Filipinos to constantly embrace our Catholic tradition.

Viva Senyor Sto Niño. Pit Senyor!

Dan & Edith Intalan


Greetings from Leyte-Samar NZ Solidarity Foundation Inc.

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Being one of the 2015 Sinulog Festival Queens was definitely a great opportunity. 2015 itself was a great year, and being able to participate in such a religious and culture-filled fiesta has helped start it all. I can’t find words to describe it all, but what lessons I learned from such an experience is worth […]

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January 8 to 16, 2016 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, 8 Jan 2016   Prayer Theme: GOD RICH IN MERCY (Eph 2:4)   Choir  :  St Joseph Parish Takapuna Choir Sponsors & Pilgrims : All devotees of Senor […]

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Contestant #1 Zhyryll Krystynn Parado Firstly, my name is Zhyryll. If you just scratched your head trying to figure out how to say it, you’re not alone. If I got a dollar every time someone said my name wrong, I honestly wouldn’t need a job. However, it is a fun name to have. I’m not […]

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  What: Christmas Get Together When: 26 Dec 2015 Saturday Where: Cornwall Park Rotunda Time: 11:00 am Address: Puriri Drive Epsom, Auckland 1051 Please bring a plate of food or drinks & dessert to share. Kindly bring a 10$ worth gift for those wanting to join an “exchange” of gifts.

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