Today both the city of Tacloban and the province of Leyte is celebrating the feast of the Sto. Niño of Tacloban. Another variant of one of the most popular Catholic devotions in this only Catholic nation in the Far East, this local celebration--promoted to the rank of a feast by virtue of a decree issued by then Bishop Teotimo Pacis in the late 1960--stands out among other celebrations of the Christ Child due to its peculiar date. Usually the feast is celebrated in January, but due to special circumstances here in Tacloban (the return of the lost image of the Christ Child in June) its feast is celebrated on the 30th of June.
These past few years the celebration of this feast has been the stage of