Yesterday was Sto. Nino’s Feast Day. It’s a very important celebration for all Catholics in our country. Josef and I went to Tondo, Manila to visit Nissa’s family and her in-laws. I am amazed of my daughter’s familiarity with the place since she got married more than four years ago. Whereas before I only heard of Tondo, slowly I am getting to know the place now. We met Nissa in front of the Tutuban Center. She takes jogging to heart and regularly frequents the place on Sunday mornings to take Zumba class and jog. It was quite lovely to see joggers with their pets in tow. I also discovered that going via that route is easier than taking a connecting train ride. We had a hearty breakfast at Jollibee before proceeding to their place.
The Feast of Sto. Nino is almost a week-long celebration in most areas where the image of the child Jesus is their patron. Dawn processions, masses held in His honor, lots of food, programs and dancing at the town plaza and having so many balikbayans from all over the world add to the festive spirit of celebrating. Yesterday was also our town fiesta where I was born.
In Tondo, almost all streets were filled with people and it was quite hard to take a commute going back to Tutuban Center to take another LRT ride home to our place. Josef and I walked from Tutuban To Recto, my first long exercise since the start of the year.
I finally got my two copies of Richard Paul Evan’s books left by a friend with Nissa before going back to the USA after a two-week vacation. Got two more key rings , with the Statue of Liberty depicted beautifully in them. It is my first time to have key rings from New York.
Seeing Nate again was the highlight of our visit. He was afraid of the dragon dancers on the streets but he was so happy showing off that he is a werewolf with matching sounds to boot.
Such a happy occasion for the family. How was your Sunday?