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