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Pasalamat 2023

The 29th Annual Santo Nino Fiesta & Sinulog in New Zealand – 15 Jan 2023 is always an exceptional expression of Filipinos’ love and devotion to the Holy Child Jesus, Senyor Santo Nino.

With hearts full of joy and with much gratitude from our heart,

we wish to thank everyone who made this Fiesta another very solemn and successful one. ALL GLORY TO GOD!!!!

We wish to thank you all for your prayers and contributions.

We wish to thank key people in this celebration:

His Grace Bishop Steve Lowe – Bishop of Auckland

Mons Bernard Kiely – Vicar General for the Diocese of Auckland

Fr Mario Dorado – Chaplain to the Auckland Catholic Filipino Chaplaincy.

Fr Nathaniel Brazil & Fr Harold Camonias, visiting priest from Australia.

Priests who presided during the 9-days novena masses at St Patrick’s Cathedral:

Mons Bernard Kiely; Fr Mario Dorado; Fr Larry Rustia; Fr Gilbert Ramos; Fr Sherwin Lapaan; Fr Sam Pulanco; Fr Carlos Guleng.

First and foremost, we would like to thank God for another milestone in our journey of faith in this beautiful land of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

29 years of holding annual devotions to Senor Santo Nino here in Auckland, New Zealand and now being held in other parts of New Zealand. Thank you to our Area Coordinators in Hastings, Palmerston North and Invercargill and of course all Area Coordinators in Auckland.

These Devotions we hold close to our heart, handed down from generations to generations, growing from strength to strength.

When in an adopted homeland, we migrants need something we can hold on to when faced with many challenges that every other migrant has gone thru.

Our belief in this Child God, Majestic King has helped us survive

the day to day struggles we encounter as we strive to inculturate into the new environment, the new homeland we call New Zealand.

The last three years of the Covid 19 virus pandemic has been difficult years for all of us and there are still news of new challenges coming up due to it, but it has never stopped us from practicing our faith.

We thank all our Kababayans, our countrymen, who extended a helping hand to those who struggled during those times of need.

As we move on, we hold close to our heart our motto for this year’s fiesta celebration and which we will live throughout the year 2023, MOVING ON, STAYING STRONG, PADAYAN TA NINO.

The phrase “PADAYAN TA NINO” is a word in our Visayan dialect which means: “Let us continue our journey with Senor Santo Nino.”

On behalf of my co-organizers and trustees, we would like to Thank Bishop Steve Lowe, Bishop Catholic Diocese of Auckland, for celebrating this momentous occasion with us and gracing our Santo Nino fiesta celebrations today.

We wish well for Bishop Emeritus Patrick Dunn for guiding us and supporting us in our devotional activities through the years.

May I thank ALL volunteers who have given their time and resources to help make another fiesta celebration a tremendous success, success even in the midst of the scare of further variants of Covid 19 and the anxiety of when we will get out of this whole situation.

VOLUNTEERS, without you, the world will have lots of services to be done but no one to do them.

Thank you to everyone who served in our Fiesta Mass Today: Ministers of Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, altar servers, mass collectors & communion guides, families who brought offertory gifts, our Sacristan Carmen Shaw, Marivic Montano and Butch Rafols.

Mass Coordinators: Romil & Cherry Fernandez

Liturgy Coordinator: Chichi Abadingo

Support Crew: Greg & Aby Montano; Robert & Yoyong Robert Acedillo VillosThe Sentinels organized by Merced Belleza; our fiesta First Aid Team of Jun & Cindy Montajes, Delia Espenido & PIlar Boyle.

The awesome HUNI (Holy Cross Papatoetoe Filipino choir) led by Abel Gomez & Rino Montecillo.

To the Rosary leaders during the procession coordinated by Carol Lim & Melanie Bautista.

Various Filipino choirs who supported us during these 9 days of prayer: Devotional groups and community groups who have joined us and supported us every year for the past 29 years.

To our Major Sponsors for the fiesta:

Mr & Mrs Rex & Joan Yap of NZ Home Loans; Megaworld; and the rest of our sponsors in this fiesta celebration. Your support is very much appreciated.

We thank God for giving us the blessing to continue to work hard in this work of evangelization.

The year 2022 has been a full on one with our Santo Nino de Cebu Group having been appointed as a Community Welfare Provider with the Ministry of Social Development servicing the needs of our Filipino Communities especially to individuals and families affected by the Covid 19 pandemic and for other needs that were assisted by other government agencies. Please feel free to reach out.

To all our Patrons thru the 9-days Novena-masses and our fiesta celebration today – Thank you!!!

We have 16 Area Coordinators in various parts of Auckland and outside Auckland including Invercargill, Hastings, Napier and Palmerston North who help us spread the devotions to Senor Santo Nino. Thank you for committing time to reach out to all our devotees in your area of service.

They can visit you in your home and pray with you. Visit our website and register your name for a visit. Our website is: www.santo – to get their contact details.

Thank you Auckland Catholic Filipino Chaplaincy for your great support. Thank you Bernie & Cecile Delluta, Jeremie de Guzman for gathering together our wonderful readers.

Thank you to our very talented & versatile EMCEE in our Sinulog Cultural Program, Dimple Espenido. Thank you Yhanz Tongco and the Sinulog Liturgical Dancers.

Thank you to the groups who entertained the fiesta goers at during the Cultural Program: The Sinulog NZ Cultural Group; Percy La Madrid; the Kiribati Community; Moise Martinez & Marielle.

Thank you Romy & Fritzi Udanga for the LIKHA NZ for showcasing the Filipino native costumes in a mini fashion show.

To our sound technicians DEXTER YCONG & ALEX ANDALES; our Videographers: Nathan Batucan & David Marsters.

Thank you to our decorator JESS INONCILLO – a new addition to our group of Area Coordinators to cover Central Auckland; to our balloon makers: GRACE JAROLAN & family; Shanelle Simon-Layug & Elsa del Rosario.

Thank you to ALL those who worked behind the scenes. To Annie & Grace Paderanga. I would love to give out all the names but I will not do so in case I miss out anyone. Apologies to those I may have accidentally mentioned. Please accept our sincerest thanks.

Let us journey together for the rest of the year 2023.

We, the devotees of Senor Santo Nino, organize and hold devotional activities throughout the year at St Benedict’s Church, Newton, Auckland.

We organise & hold Wednesday novena-masses at St Benedict’s honouring the Mother of Perpetual Help.

We hold First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

We hold novena Devotions to Senor Santo every Friday from 6pm

With mass on the 3rd Friday of each month.

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FROM YOUR Tito Oscar and Tita Miriam.

Devotion Schedule


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

1st Friday Novena & Mass (Novena to Senyor Santo Niño and Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

6:30pm Eucharistic Adoration and Novena-prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

7:30pm Mass

Novena prayers to Senyor Sto Niño right after mass

2nd Friday & 4th Friday: Rosary and  Novena prayers to Senyor Santo Niño

6:30pm Rosary followed by Novena-Prayers to Senyor Santo Niño

3rd Friday: Novena & Mass in honour of Senyor Santo Niño

6:40pm Rosary

7:00PM Novena to Senyor Santo Niño

7:30pm Mass

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

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

NOTE: Every Monday we hold Liturgy of the Word and Communion at a home and hospital facility


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.

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

Inner-West Auckland – Boboy & Joy Caballero

Wider part of West Auckland – Cherile Busico and Tintin Imperial

Waiuku, Port Waikato & Bombay – Mrs Gingging 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 – Piercy and Mercy Gomez

South Auckland – Yvette Esplaguera & Family

Invercargill – Maria Beth Batucan-Pilgrim & Family

Hastings, Hawkes Bay – Ryan and Jojie Pablo

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

2023 9-Days Novena/Mass Schedule

January 6 to 14, 2023
Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland
Rosary starts at 6:45 pm

Day 1 Friday, 6 January 2023


Choir : Amor Dei Family 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

Area Coordinators : Piercy and Mercy Gomez, Ging Neil & Judith Hastings

Day 2 Saturday, 7 January 2023

Choir : Bughaw Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : St John Paul II Catholic Community – Albany, Sto Niño Devotees – Glenfield & Albany areas, St Thomas More, Assumpta Church Beach Haven, Sto Niño Devotees – Totara Valley & wider North Shore Areas

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

Day 3 Sunday, 8 January 2023

Choir : El Shaddai Choir

Devotees joins the St Patrick Cathedral’s Parish Mass

Day 4 Monday, 9 January 2023 Special Anointing of the Sick


Assisting: Fr Mario Dorado & Fr Nathaniel Brazil
Choir : Our Lady of Fatima 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, Legion of Mary – Papatoetoe, Leyte-Samar Waraynon NZ, Devotees of the Black Nazarene, Filipino Catholic Community, Lady of Peñafrancia Devotees, Divine Mercy, Devotees, Mga Bicolanos, Our Lady of Fatima – Meadowbank

Area Coordinators : Roland and Chichi Abadingo

Day 5 Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Choir :
St Joseph Parish Takapuna Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Voice of God Charismatic Group & Families, Lightbringers Group, Sto Niño Devotees – Central Auckland, Sto Niño Devotees – Mt Wellington, Panmure & Ellerslie, St Pedro Calungsod Devotees NZ,Sto Niño Devotees – Danao, Cebu, Ilonggo Integrated Association Inc and Devotees of our Lady of Candelaria – Western Visayas Region VI

Area Coordinator : Lito & Mary Ann Bitoon, Boboy & Joy Caballero

Day 6 Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Choir : Christus Duo Servi

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, Kapatiran Prayer Fellowship

Area Coordinator : Cherile Busico & Tin Imperial

Day 7 Thursday, 12 January 2023

Choir : Christus Duo Servi

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Sto Niño Devotees – Milford, Takapuna and   the Greater North Shore Areas,  Lady of La Naval and Capampangans,  Knights Basketball, UCFSA North

Area Coordinator : Alex & Carmela Andales

Day 8 Friday, 13 January 2023 Special Blessings for the Children


Choir : Couples for Christ

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries

Area Coordinator – Oscar & Miriam Batucan

Day 9 Saturday, 14 January 2023 

Choir : Voice of God Catholic Charismatic Renewal Family Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Leyte Samar NZ Solidarity Foundation, 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, Auckland Catholic Charismatic  Renewal – Jesus Good Shepherd, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parishioners, Indian, Samoan, Korean, & Spanish Catholic groups

Area Coordinators : Pia Espleguera, Lorna Mae


Old Farmers car park at Hobson St. opens after 6:30 pm – $4.00 parking

Durham Lane Carpark opens after 6:30 pm – $2.00 parking

Invitation to Novena Masses for Senyor Sto Nino 2023


PIT SENYOR! Only a few days left before the start of our first day novena and mass in honour of SENYOR SANTO NINO De CEBU on January 6, 2023.

It is that time once again when we flock to St Patrick’s Cathedral to pay our homage to our beloved SENYOR SANTO NINO. Let us offer our prayers of thanksgiving and lift up to Him ALL our needs, the needs of our families, friends, Devotees of Senyor Santo Nino and the needs of the world.


Let us pray together:

9-days Novena-Masses for Senor Santo Nino (the Holy Child Jesus) at St Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham St, Auckland, New Zaland.

Date: From Jan 6 – 14, 2023. Daily start is 6:40pm Except Sunday 6:00pm

Fiesta Day Celebration: Jan 15, 2023 at EventFindA Stadium (prev North Shore Events Centre). Procession at 10:00AM; Mass at 11:00AM;

Sinulog & Multi-cultural presentations 1:45pm.

EVERYONE WELCOME. We are aware that the Covid-19 Virus is still around. Let us have a safe celebration. MASK WEARING IS ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED.

Let us offer our HALAD (Offering) dance and together chant VIVA SENYOR SANTO NINO, DAGHANG SALAMAT PIT SENYOR!!!

Dance practices are every Tuesday 7PM, Friday 7PM & Saturday 2PM

At St Benedict’s Church-hall. For more details email us on OR message us in Sinulog NZ OR visit our website:

For more details, contact Oscar 027 570 1139 or Miriam 027 4875 428 OR check the website:


The Hobson Street Car Park will be operating via Pay by Plate machines & ParkMate App. Detailed instructions in the Newsletter. For help please email See attached for more details.

Please note that $2 Validated parking will still be available at the Wilson’s car park on Durham Lane (enter from off Queen Street). You still will need to bring your ticket with you to validate in the Cathedral.

Please note: Thanksgiving Mass on 20 Jan 2023 at St Benedict’s Church at 7:00PM.

Sinulog Welfare Assistance

If your family requires assistance, please click on this link:

Sinulog Celebration 2023

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