Images of the Santo Niño are also carried for procession in Tondo (Image: Jeric Carmona San Antonio)
Every third week of January, the people of Tondo, Manila celebrates the Lakbayaw Festival in honor of Santo Niño, the Holy Child Jesus. Lakbayaw is a portmanteau of Tagalog words; Lakbay means journey, and Sayaw means dance. This annual festival is highlighted by colorful street dance performances by the locals of Tondo as sign of their devotion to the Santo Niño.
Lakbayaw participants are comprised of marching bands, street dancers, people carrying images of the Sto. Nino, and revelers shouting “Viva El Sto. Niño!” (Image: Jojie Pasion)
While the feast of Santo Niño is also celebrated in many parts of Manila, the Lakbayaw in Tondo is said to be the most vibrant and has the most number of participants.
The feast of Santo Niño is also celebrated nationwide in different regions: Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo, and Ati-atihan Festival in Aklan.