By Ben R. Durano
THE Filipino American community of Oregon and Washington states held their annual celebration of the Sto. Nino fiesta in Rainier, Oregon last January 12.
The celebration was started with a novena, followed by a procession and high noon mass officiated by Fr. Henry Rufo, a Cebuano and currently the parish priest of the Nativity of BVM Catholic Church of Rainier Oregon.
After the mass, a feast was held at the parish social hall, highlighting the various Filipino delicacies and, of course, the lechon.
A program was held, showing off their colorful costumes and dances of the Philippines, including the traditional Sinulog (kangmanang style) dancers.