The Search for the Sto. Niño de la O


In Barangay Sulib, I was greeted by Mrs. Pajarillo. She walked me through their home passing by a formal garden. When Mr. Gregorio “Ka Goyong” Pajarillo came out to living room for an audience, all eyes were focus on him. He is tall and has a regal bearing.


Mang Goyong told me that he brings the Sto. Niño de la O to the church during town fiestas. He remarked that the two images are venerated in a nine-day novena popularly called “OO” that runs from December 16 to 24.


According to Mang Goyong, the image is taken out from the church for a procession on the third day, December 18 the day believed by folks when the divine surprise took place. The novena is followed by a Mass. After the Mass, the rosary is recited in honor of the Virgen de la O and her virtues are exalted in a song by the seniors of the town.


Then comes the children bearing the Sto. Niño de la O. The Child Jesus is dressed in a rich baptismal robe edged at the hem with gold nuggets that dangle like earrings, wearing a crown of sunbeams and red cape. In the palm of its tiny hands rests a golden orb.  



A child devotee leads the rite, making the image dance by waltzing it up and down the church aisle, while the rest of children trail behind waving fern leaves and singing the “Dic Mihi” to the beat of drums. Even infants, cradled in their mother’s arms, join the merriment.


It is said that one can tell that a person is from Panguil when he knows the “Dic Mihi” by heart. Dic Mihi is a musical mnemonic that uses numbers instead of the alphabet at the beginning of each line.


Dic mihi est unum. Dic mihi quid est unum.

Unus est Christus qui Regnant, unud est Christus Fileus Dei. Amen.

Dic Mihi quae sunt Duo. Dic mihi quae sunt Duo.

Duae sunt Tabulae Moyse. Unus est Christus qui Regnet…


“Tell me about number one. Number one stands for Christ the King, the Son of God. Tell me about number two. Number two stands for the tablets of Moses…” and so on. The stanzas go from one to twelve, each numeral representing a Biblical personage or event from Genesis to the Apostle.


On each novena a different child takes his or her turn to carry the image. For the children are put on a list waiting time is currently about five years. That is why parents make sure that they enlist their children early otherwise they would be adults before their turn come. 



Mang Goyong told me that the image of the Sto. Niño de la O has been with their family for generations. It was handed over to him by his grandmother. As the tradition, he would handover the image to the next generation Pajarillo. Though he didn’t clearly explain why the caring of the image was given to them.


When I ask about the crown, I was told that the Sto. Niño’s crown was under the care of the church.


Last of four parts


Related links:

The Pregnant Virgin of Panguil

Princely Gifts to the Town of Paguil

A Traveler’s Discoveries in Panguil


Information source: Anita Feloe, The Town of the Double O




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  1. I would like to inform everyone that after Mr.Gregrio Pajarillo died(2008) his family has decided to turn-over the image of Sto.Niño dela O to the church of Pangil,Laguna(Our Lady’s Nativity Parish) to care the image. The turn-over will be held at Our Lady’s Nativity Parish, Pangil,Laguna on Sept. 06,2009 at 7:30am

  2. I think there’s a mistake. Ka Goyong is from Barangay Natividad, not Sulib. My house is just about in front of Ka Goyong’s house that’s why I know. I can even see their house from our window.

    Since, “La O” or “De La O” or “Dela O” means NATIVITY, the Our Lady of Nativity Parish Church is in Barangay Natividad, or Natividad Street, as well as the house of Ka Goyong.

    In short, the images or the “imahe” of Sto. Nino Dela O and Birhen Dela O are found in the Barangay or Street of NATIVIDAD. The name Natividad got its name from the Dela O images.


    • correction to some comments, Mr. Pajarillo(ka goyo) used to live in Brgy. sulib together with the sto.niño de la o, after he Married Ms.tady, that’s why maybe the traveler on foot found the sto. Niño in Brgy. Sulib… another is the meaning of dela O is not Nativity or Natividad……..The Our Lady’s Nativity means birth of Virgin Mary that’s why the feast of our parish is sept. 08 (birhtday of Virgin Mary in litergical calendar), Nuestra Señora dela O or Our lady of O is a different title for Virgin Mary

  3. Thank you very much for making a journal about
    the Sto. Nino Dela O.
    This is the first journal or article about
    the Sto. Nino Dela O that I have seen in
    the internet. That’s why I am very grateful.

    I’m a pure Pangileño and I want to spread to the
    whole world the rich history of Pangil.

    Oh before I forget, it seems that in this journal
    of yours, you havent seen the Sto. Nino Dela O in the
    antique silver pole during the dancing of it inside
    the church.

    If you want to see, visit my multiply account.
    Type this address in yahoo or google search engines.

    or you can visit directly to this.

    tnx and God Bless

    Viva! Sto. Nino! De La O!

  4. Hello!

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