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Sa bahay muna! Isko Moreno bans parades, street parties for Sto Niño Festival

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has signed an executive order banning all kinds of mass gatherings to mark the Sto. Niño Festival on January 16.

Under Executive Order No. 04, religious processions, street parties, stage shows, parades, palarong kalye or street games, ati-atihan and the likes, and other forms of public gatherings during the feast of Santo Nino de Tondo and Santo Nino de Pandacan is strictly prohibited.

The sale of liquor and other alcoholic beverages in barangays in Tondo and Pandacan during the feast is also prohibited.

Moreno urged devotees to mark the festival at home with their families.

“Sa ating mga deboto katulad natin na deboto ng Sto. Nino, magsama-sama nalang po tayo sa bahay, maghawak-hawak ng kamay kasama ang ating pamilya,” he said.

The Feast of the Sto. Niño de Tondo and de Pandacan are both celebrated on the third Sunday every year.