The Mandaue devotee believes that Sto. Niño’s image is his lucky charm

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Bhebie del Castillo, 54, resident of Barangay Centro in the city of Mandaue. | Photo by Doris Bongcac

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu—Bhebie del Castillo, 54, occupied the sidewalk near the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City as she awaited the arrival of Señor Sto. Nino.

She carried with her an image of the Holy Child on his left arm and a cell phone on his right hand.

She was watching the live feeds of the coverage of the great procession by the Basilica.

Del Castillo, a saleswoman, said her image brought her good luck.

She got this from a man who approached her when she was selling about two years ago.

The man sold the picture which was then “smelly” and whose clothes were stained with gross for 100 pesos.

“Ingon siya iya kuno iplete ang kwarta,” del Castillo said.

Because of the pandemic, it was only last year that she managed to bring her image to the Basilica for an outfit change.

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