In view of this year’s celebration of the feast of Señor Sto. Niño de Romblon, the town Mayor of Romblon, Romblon declares Friday, January 14, as a special municipal non-working holiday.
The executive order was signed by Mayor Gerard Montojo this Tuesday, January 11, suspending classes in all levels, both private and public schools, including work in government and private offices.
Montojo said that since time immemorial, Romblomanons religiously celebrate the annual town fiesta in honor of the miraculous Santo Niño de Romblon for nine days. This is to commemorate the futile attempts of Loarca to bring out the Holy Image from Romblon after their vessel was forced to take refuge in the landlocked harbor by a raging storm.
He noted that the second Friday of January of every year has become the traditional commencement of the nine-day gaiety and religious undertakings known to the public as TON-TON.
“The merry yet peace-loving people of Romblon, most particularly those in government service as well as those in the private sector, look upon the second Friday comes the month of January as the most special day of the year,” he said on the executive order he signed.
On January 14, the image of Santo Niño de Romblon will be brought down from his lofty sanctuary inside the Saint Joseph Cathedral to be honored, adored, and venerated by devotees.
After which, the holy image of the infant Jesus will again be enshrined in His pedestal for the rest of the year.