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Sto. Niño

Distance from the City Proper 1.30 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

The history of Barangay Sto. Niño gained momentum way back in the 19th century when the barrio was occupied by only few residents. This growing commercial center of Zamboanga Poblacion was only a kilometer distance. The place was still an undeveloped residential area. Public utilities such as electricity and water were not yet available. That time the calesa was the common public vehicle running the San Jose main road. Eventually the barrio was developed with coconut and some bushes and herbs around.

A certain family by the name of Alejandro Asuncion was said to have possessed a black statue of Sto. Niño. This was placed by the image in Cebu City, which was given by Magellan as a gift to King Humabon's wife for her yearly devotion to this image with traditional novena and simple celebration.

In 1911, Don Alejandro wanted the statue to be repaired in Manila through his son Leocadio who was then a student in Manila. Don Alejandro instructed his son to bring the image to a well-known sculptor in Quiapo.

The son boarded M/S Brutus bound for Manila. He wrapped the statue among his clothes inside the wooden trunk. During the voyage, a sudden storm violently occurred, which sank the vessel many miles away from the island of Panay. Leocadio managed to survive for awhile with the trunk, which contained the image, which was placed in cabin. However, his recovery was impossible. Two weeks later, the said trunk was found floating near the seashore of the municipality of Antique and a native found the trunk and brought it on the seashore because of curiosity.

They opened it and found out it was the statue of Sto. Niño still intact with the clothes. Some prayers and cedula of Leocadio Asuncion were recovered containing his address. The trunk and the statue were safely returned to the owner in Zamboanga City. There was rejoicing among the residents.

In 1927, a certaiin Pedro Agta from Cebu brought an image of Sto. Niño to the barangay, which at that time was already being resided by some people.  The place prior being named as Sto. Niño, was known as "Cuadra," where horses and calesas were found.  Most of the residents in the area were Visayans, who are devoted to the image of Sto. Niño and traditionally, they conduct regular novena prayer.  Eventually, a celebration in honor of Sto. Niño was done yearly until such time the barangay was named Barrio Sto. Niño.  Laws were amended and the place is now know as Barangay Sto. Niño.

Description
Barangay Fiesta 3rd Sunday of January
Total Population (2007 Census) 6,824
Number of Households 1,077
Punong Barangay Rogelio S. Miranda
Barangay Kagawad Rodel P. Alvarez
Corazon A. Solaran
Erwin R. Atilano
Christopher B. Miranda
Joseph D. Deleña
Honeylyn C. Fox
Esterlita T. Banua
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