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No other Patron Saint is as popular and miraculous in Altavas and the whole Archipelago than El Señor Santo Niño. Spaces and writing would not be enough to record His miracles.
In the middle of the 18th century Altavas (formerly Jimeno) was a mere sitio or Laging-Banwa or an old site of “Batang” now Batan.
The historical accounts date back to 1861 when the abuses of the Spanish authorities were unbearable. The patriotic Candelario brothers Felix and Laureano through their efforts and own money sought the help of influential and lettered men in Kalibo who went to Cebu to convince the Spanish Brigadier General for Visayas and Mindanao to grant the independence of their place.
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In 1862 a decree was signed granting the independence provided the new “pueblo” be named JIMENO (Ximeno), then bishop of Cebu. It was that the bishop was fatally stabbed while on a parochial inspection tour or pastoral visit in the new pueblo. How the Holy Child Jesus became the Patron Saint of Jimeno now Altavas will be best explained by the historical events:
We then belonged to the Catholic religious group of Cebu whose patron saint of Santo Niño de Cebu or Holy Child of Cebu. Considered as the oldest relic in the Philippines, it was on April 4, 1521 that Ferdinand Magellan gave the image to Queen Juana, wife of the King Humabon as baptismal gift.
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Fourty-four years after on April 27, 1565 when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi arrived in Cebu, Father Andres Urdaneta who formally christened the Cebuanos found the native hostile. Legaspi besieged the settlement and set the village on fire.
It was on one of the burnt houses that Juan Camus, a Spanish soldier found the Santo Niño unscratched.
Since then the miraculous image had been venerated by the Cebuanos as their patron Saint and Protector. Could it be that the agreement aside from naming Jimeno, Sr. Santo Niño will be adopted as the Patron Saint? Hence the replica of the Holy Child was given as a gift for the newly born “pueblo”.
During the American Regime sometime in 1900, Gen. Ananias Diokno, organizer of the Local Katipunan Chapter from Luzon was severely wounded in an encounter surrendered to the American troops in January 22, 1906. This event was known as Armistice Day, an occasion of rejoicing wherein peace was restored in Jimeno.
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Could it be Providential that the surrender of Gen. Diokno in Sitio Manaway, Dalipdip fell exactly on the feast of the Holy Child Jesus was a manifestation of His being a Prince of Peace?
Quoting Jaime Cardinal L. Sin: “Is there really a miracle? The miracle is in the heart of a believer, and a believing heart does not question”.
Isaiah in the Holy Bible Chapter 9:6-7 prophesied: A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And He will be our Ruler. He will be called “Wonderful Counselor”. “Mighty God”, “Eternal Father”, “Prince of Peace”, “His royal power will continue to grow. His Kingdom will always be at Peace”. Mother Mary our Mediatrix invites us to invoke Her Son, and to hold on to our faith to survive the trails both man-made and natural.
“VIVA KAY SANTO NIÑO!” VIVA man kay Virgen Maria!