Koronadal City - An image of the Sto. Niño in Lower Balmores, Barangay General Paulino Santos reportedly wept blood in the midst of fire during the New Years Eve caused by firecrackers.
According to Brigada News FM Koronadal, Marylou Zabala, one of the fire victims’, said she had seen Sto. Niño shed tears of blood as the fire consumes their houses.
The image was reportedly made of ceramic and the Zabala family was amazed how the fire was not able to char it.
Though they lost their houses; they believed that the said Santo Niño brings a message of new hope and strong faith for them, said the report.
Meanwhile, a firecracker was believed to be caused of the said house fire that affects 11 families.
Sto. Niño or the Holy Child is usually depicted in red and gold vestments like that in Cebu or in Tondo, Manila, with a water gourd like the Sto. Niño of Atocha, or as a policeman inside a police office.
He appeared as a little boy, who often wanders around to play with other children. Sometimes, He appears to the needy as a dark-skinned five-year-old kid. In Atocha, Madrid, for example, the Sto. Niño became popular sometime in the 1400s after a “little boy” was reportedly seen bringing food to prisoners.
Sources: 95.7 Brigada News FM Koronadal / Philstar
Illustration image : Dawn Brown