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Dancers taking part in the Sinulog celebration.

Margaret Alforque-Uy

It was a sea of colour and festivity as some 2,800 mainly Filipino devotees congregated at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to honour the Child Jesus.

The Festivity of the Señor Santo Niño, held on Jan 27, included a special Mass followed by a special ritual dance called the Sinulog, which saw performers in brightly-coloured costumes dancing to the sound of drums and trumpets.

Señor Santo Niño is the Spanish name given to the Child Jesus based on a famous religious icon in Cebu, the Philippines. A cultural and religious festival is held in His honour in January in the country.

A Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño was flown in from Cebu for the Jan 27 Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, the culmination of nine days of Novena Masses at the church.

The dance celebration after the Mass saw devotees and performers carrying replicas of the Child Jesus as they moved to the music.

This is the fifth year that the parish has held this celebration.

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Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño.