We cordially invite everyone to join us on the highlights of the 1st Sug-alaw Festival of E. B. Magalona on January 14 and 15.
The newest of our three main festivals, the 1st Sug-alaw Festival is in honor of Señor Sto. Niño and in celebration of the 50th year of Hermano Mayores del Señor Sto. Niño on January 15, 2023.
Thereafter, this festival will be celebrated every third Sunday of January.
The festival is being co-organized by the Municipality of E. B. Magalona and the St. Joseph the Worker Parish, now headed by Rev. Fr. Ernesto Salvador with Parochial Vicar Rev. Fr. Arnel Pabalate.
“Sug-alaw” is a Hiligaynon term for “to welcome.”
On January 14 at 3 p. m., the Image of Sto. Niño will be transferred from the residence of Hermano and Hermana Mayores 2022 to our Catholic church, the St. Joseph the Worker Parish.
The next day, on January 15, after the 8:00 a. m. Concelebrated Mass, the Image of Sto. Niño will be installed at the residence of the Hermano and Hermana Mayores 2023.
We have woven cultural and religious activities around these two “sug-alaw” events, such as Concelebrated Masses, Procession, Blessing of Images of Sto. Nino, Agape Party, Children’s Day, Float Parade, Drum Beating Competition, Tribal Dances, Zumba Party, Live Bands, Food Kiosks, and Fireworks Displays.
During the celebration, devotees would be chanting in Spanish, “Alabare! Alabare!” which means, “I will praise you.”
Alabare, Alabare, Señor Sto. Niño!