A floral ode to the Sto. Niño

RED and yellow are the colors of the Santo Niño: He was clothed in those colors when Magellan brought Him to Cebu in 1521, who also brought with him the banner of the House of the Hapsburgs, also colored red and yellow with a two- headed eagle as its symbol, adopted by then Mayor Florentino Solon as the official symbol of the Sinulog Foundation in 1981. Now there is a Sinulog flower, the celosia, whose original colors are red and yellow.

At the “Halad sa Sto. Niño Flower” launching late last month, former Cebu city councilor Franklin Seno explained that celosia is popularly known in Holland as “Cupid’s Arrow” or “Flaming Love” for it comes from the Greek word kelos meaning “burned aflame.” (More)