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Filipino community in Switzerland celebrates Sto. Niņ0 feast

Filipinos across Switzerland celebrated over the weekend the Feast Day of Sto. Niņo. Two big celebrations were held in Basel and Lausanne, respectively for the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland. The two events were coordinated by the Philippine Catholic Mission in Switzerland and were attended by officials from the Philippine Embassy in Berne and the Philippine Mission/Consulate General in Geneva.

Ambassador Baja addresses the gathering in Lausanne (left photo) and Basel (right photo) after the celebration of the Holy Mass.

In Basel, the event was participated in by over 600 Filipinos from the German-speaking regions including Aargau, Berne, Lucerne, Solothurn, Zürich, Winterthur, and St. Gallen.

The celebration in Lausanne was attended by around 500 people from the Swiss Romande region of Switzerland including Geneva, Vaud, and Fribourg.

In his message, Ambassador Leslie Baja reminded the gathering of the humility of the Sto. Niņo and urged everyone to follow the Infant Jesus’ example. “In the Philippines, the feast of the Sto. Niņo signals the end of Christmas season.  Rightly so, as Christmas welcomes the birth of Jesus and the Feast of the Sto Nino celebrates the Infant Jesus. We in the Philippines, love children, and this is reflected in our devotion to the Sto. Niņo,” added Ambassador Baja.
The Ambassador also expressed his gratitude to the Filipinos for their assistance to the typhoon victims and urged them to maintain unity as a nation and as a people. 
The Feast of the Sto. Niņo has become an annual tradition by the Filipino catholic community in Switzerland where a sizeable number of Filipino migrants come from the Visayan region. The annual celebration is usually held among the various cantons where a big number of Filipinos reside. END

Filipinos in the Swiss Romande (left photo) and in the German-speaking (right photo) regions join the festivity celebrating the Infant Jesus

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