The Story of the Image of the Sto. Niño de Tacloban: Challenges and Concerns


Devotion to the Sto. Niño; Sto. Niño of Tacloban; Tacloban City Fiesta; Epidemics in the Philippines; Popular Devotions in the Philippines; Philippine Church History

How to Cite

Aguilos, R. M. R. S. B. (2022). The Story of the Image of the Sto. Niño de Tacloban: Challenges and Concerns. ARADMAN: Multidisciplinary Research Journal, 2(1), 18-36. Retrieved from


Two narratives have now become the major activities of present-day celebration of the Sto. Niño de Leyte Fiesta. The former refers to the “Balyuan Rites” and the latter, the narrative behind the June 30 Fiesta. Amid the conflating narratives of the Sto. Niño de Tacloban --the image that is presently enshrined at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño, Tacloban City-- this paper asserts the distinction between two narratives, one that still borders on the legend and folktale, and the other a purportedly historical one.

But more than just drawing a line distinguishing the folktales from facts, or tradition from history, the paper’s thesis is that these Sto. Niño narratives stand further elaboration and inquiry. This paper opens up to a more engaging exchange of ideas and facts that will identify the sources which can usefully contribute to the production of more accurate accounts surrounding these lores about the Sto. Niño image. The challenge is more on scholarship and research -- to collect with care the popular traditional stories, to compare these stories about the Sto. Nino with one another, and determine their value in the light of other information scientifically acquired.