Basilica rector reminds Catholics of their vows

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

THE rector of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño reminds the faithful to remember the lessons of the first baptism in Cebu.

In his homily, Fr. Jonas Mejares said the baptism of Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana in 1521, which signaled the beginning of Christianity in the Philippines, should remind Cebuanos of the vows one makes as a Catholic.

He lamented that some Catholics fail to live the ways of the faithful.


Mejares thanked devotees who attended the dawn processions and yesterday’s fluvial parade and reenactment mass.

Mejares also sang “Magellan,” a song about the arrival of the Spaniards in the country composed by the late Yoyoy Villame.

After the homily, Mejares led the reenactment of the first baptism in Cebu, taking the role of Spanish priest Pedro Valderama.

During the reenactment, actors playing the role of Rajah Humabon, Queen Juana and their subjects kneeled before the priest and made their baptismal vows.

According to, baptismal vows refer to the renunciation of satan and his works, which a candidate for baptism makes.

They also promise to believe in Christ.

In the baptism of infants, the vows are made by the sponsors on behalf of the child.

Elton Lumusad, 30, said he brought his three-year-old son to teach the child about the Catholic faith.

“Maayo gyud makat-on ang mga batan-on kung unsa ka importante ni ang Fiesta Senyor sa atong kinabuhi. Kasagaran man gud, puros ra Sinulog ra ang atong mahibaw-an kung magstorya ta og Sto. Niño (It is important for the young generation to learn the church’s teachings about the Feast of the Sto. Niño so that they would not only focus on the Sinulog),” Lumusad said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 19, 2014.

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