Three out of the seven children who were baptized last April 14, 2021, during the Pontifical Mass of the 500 Years of Christianity celebration were beneficiaries of the soup-kitchen program of the Sto. Niño de Cebu – Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF).
They were historically baptized by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, at the Plaza Sugbo (Magellan’s Cross) as a concrete reenactment of the first recorded baptism held in the country 500 years ago through Rajah Humabon and his wife, Juana.
These three children were Jolito (8 years old), April (11 years old}, and Billy Cony (12 years old).
The children were part of the families who took shelter at Barangay San Roque Gym during the lockdown of last year. They were originally living on the streets around the vicinity of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu.
After the baptism, an image of Sto. Niño was given to each child as a gift, which is the symbol of Christianity in the Philippines, and whose original image was given by Ferdinand Magellan to Juana in 1521.
Meanwhile, the staff and volunteers of SNAF also stood as their godparents, who took care of them and other families in Brgy. San Roque.
Photos by: Sweet Rechie Rich Bencito