Upcoming Events for 2014

Please take note of the following dates

May 17, 2014: Time = 4pm – 12pm (the last hour for tidy up); this will be in one of the city Auckland Council venues:

– Community & Family day to give tribute to MOTHERS (to include: grandmothers, mothers-in-law, those giving motherly care).

Our Five Sinulog Festival Queens are busy putting together a plan of activities for this event.

This will be their 1st Santo Nino-Sinulog project. They hope to present their portfolio on or before the end of the week.

Sep 27, 2014 : Time = 4pm – 12pm (the last hour for tidy up); this will be in one of the city Auckland Council venues:

- Community & Family day to give honour to FATHERS (to include: grandfathers, fathers-in-law, those giving fatherly care).

Another exciting event that our Sinulog Festival Queens may take on board depending on their school workload.

December 14, 2014: Time = 4pm – 12pm (the last hour for tidy up); this will be in one of the city Auckland Council venues:

- Youth Pre-Christmas Extravaganza

- This will be attended by parents and families

- The young people will present their talents and skills

- An end of year project for our five Sinulog Queens

This will be a great time for us to gather as a family of devotees and a gathering of communities supporting families and the younger generation.

If you have exciting and brilliant ideas you’d like to contribute to the making of these events, kindly let me know and we can present it to our young and talented queens. Young teens and boys, we need your input too.

God bless us all

Tito Oscar and Tita Miriam

Novena to Senyor Sto Niño

Devotion Schedule


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

6:30pm Novena every Friday

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


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 2014
Diosy and Cathy Tomaquin– to cover North & Central Auckland
Lito and Mary Ann Bitoon – to cover West & South Auckland

Sto Niño Devotions & House to House Pilgrim Statue Permanent Coordinators 

Milford area = Alex & Carmela Andales

Palmerston North = Mary Ann Bitoon & Family

Central Auckland = Roland & Chichi Abadingo

Eastern Auckland and Howick = Fr. Sam Pulanco

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

Papakura & Pukekohe= Judith Hastings & Family

Glenfield & Albany = Cathy Tomaquin & Family

Flat Bush & Dannemora = Maves Fiel & Family

South Auckland = Yvette Esplaguera & 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

Sinulog NZ 2014 Raffle Draw Results


5th prize:             Nonie Ortiz  (2342)
Drawn by:   Amalia Rodas
4th prize:           Joanne (1487)
Drawn by:  Boboy Caballero
3rd prize:           Tess Becker (2371)
Drawn by:  Joyce Gesta
2nd prize:           Joyce Alaba (1052)
Drawn by:  Miriam Batucan
1st prize:             Tracey T (1152)
Drawn by:  Miriam Batucan

Sinulog NZ Yearbook 2014


Daghang Salamat Senyor Sto Niño for the Success of Sinulog NZ 2014)


The overwhelming attendance during the 9-days Novena-masses at St Patrick;s Cathedral, Auckland, New Zealand and the solemn mass of thanksgiving that highlighted the Annual celebration of the Fiesta of Senor Santo Nino, on its 20th year in Auckland, resounded the great love and devotion for Senor Santo Nino by the huge number of people that flocked to St Patrick’s Cathedral each night.

The big crowd that danced the Sinulog every night at St Patrick;s Cathedral during the 9-days novena-masses was a joy to behold.

On behalf of the NZ-Filipinos Santo Nino Devotees – Sinulog NZ, we would like to thank everyone for joining us at the 9-days novena-masses at St Patrick’s Cathedral and all the community groups who gave so much time and effort to make the Fiesta Mass and the Cultural Production so beautiful.

I cannot single out the groups and individuals who gave so much time and effort to make these celebrations a huge success, but there are some individuals and groups

That I would like to thank in a very special way:

Bishop Patrick Dunn DD, Bishop of Auckland

Monsignor Bernard Kiely, Administrator St Patrick’s Cathedral

Fr Larry Rustia, Assistant Priest, St Patrick’s Cathedral

Fr Gilbert Ramos

Fr Elrick Jorquia

Member of Parliament, Sam Lotu Iiga

Member of Parliament, Melissa Lee

H.E. Ambassador Virginia Bienavidez

Honorable Consul General Paulo Garcia

Villamor and Paderanga Families for supplying Flowers for the 9 days novena-masses

Belleza and Saldua Families for supplying Candles for the 9 days novena-masses

Al Jane Estrada (Commentator)


Ministers of the Eucharist



Altar Servers

Lucy Ainsworth, Carmen Shaw and the Offerers

Liturgical Dancers

Jess Enoncillo for Cultural Dance Props, Altar Setup at the Cathedral and North Shore Events Centre as well as Transport

Dexter Ycong for being the music technician for the Fiesta

Joey de Guzman for Video and Photography

Dr Oliver Samin, headed the First Aid Team

Michael Martinez, Karl Corro and the Ethnic Wardens for providing security services at the Fiesta

Alyx Ty, Official Choreographer

Diane Gantuangco, Cultural Production Team Coordinator

Chichi Abadingo, Website & Facebook Administrator

France Martirez, Deehan Morgado and the rest of the dancers for helping put the costumes together.

Haiyan Performers for Leyte Samar Waraynons NZ

Judges for the Sinulog NZ 2014 Festival Queen: Nida Gray, Pilar Boyle, Rex Yap, Mila Manuel and Joy Caballero

ALL community devotional groups and community choir groups especially Salmo Koro Choir and choir master Percy La Madrid and the Voice of God Catholic Charismatic Renewal Choir and choir master Jeanne Colle, Divine Mercy Choir, JPII Choir, Tawag Awit Choir and Couples For Christ Choir.

Very special thanks to:

Katilingbang Bisaya sa New Zealand (KBNZ)

Couples For Christ and its Family Ministries

Cultural and Liturgical Dance groups at St Benedict’s

Cultural Dance group from Mt Wellington and Ellerslie

Cultural Dance group from South Auckland

Eloise Gantuangco for choreographing the Liturgical Dance

The Stage Team: Ferdie Esclamado, Mary Ann Brannan, Chris Tomaquin, Charles Tomaquin

Roland Abadingo for the yearbook design and layout

A very special Thank You to ALL Sponsors and Benefactors.

Words cannot express our gratitude for your all-out support and generosity.

God is never outdone in generosity.

Let us continue to spread the devotions to Senor Santo Nino and come together on the 3rd Friday of each month for Novena-mass, 7pm, at St Benedict’s Church, No 1 St Benedict’s Street, Newton, Auckland.

Continue to follow us on Facebook and visit our website regularly to be advised of upcoming activities, including our quarterly events. We would love to see you in these activities.

Once again, Daghang Salamat kaninyong tanan. Thank you to each and everyone.


Love and Prayers to ALL,

Oscar and Miriam Batucan

Sinulog NZ Festival Queen 2014

Congratulations !
Sinulog NZ 2014 Festival Queen and Miss Popularity – Queenie Jose
1st Runner Up – Jamie Denise Gear
2nd Runner Up and Miss Charity – Joanne Mijares-Supelana
Miss Friendship and Miss Faith – Ena Fiel
Miss Love – Lilian Rose Martirez
Miss Hope – Tara Gomez


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Sinulog NZ 2014 Event Schedule



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