FAITH in the Holy Child prevailed among Barangay Pasil residents amid the fire that hit three sitios yesterday noon.
The barangay was decorated in red and gold buntings, the colors of Señor Sto. Niño, for the upcoming celebration of Sinulog.
But residents were shocked when a fiery red blaze started razing their houses, which were all ready for the Pista Senyor.
“I am praying to the Sto. Niño to help us, for Him to stop these flames from affecting our houses,” said Ingracia Gabison, 70, who carried a Bible and a figure of Sto. Niño.
Even as they carried their appliances and other valuables, many weeping residents from the three fire-struck sitios in Pasil cradled images of the Holy Child.
Three young cousins saw to it that the first thing they saved were the images of Sto. Niño.
“I wish for the Sto. Niño to help us in this fire,” Lepsy Umpad, 7, said, while holding the Niño tightly to her chest.
She was with her sister Nancy, 8, and cousin, Lucky Jay Vestal, 9.
Skeptron Dela Cerna, 16, a dancer from the Tribu Mahugyawon representing Pasil, ran from Abellana Sports Complex to Sitio Lawis.
“I want to help my family in saving some of our clothes. I will go back to dance as an offering to Sto. Niño in healing our broken family,” he said.
But it was not only valuables that the frantic residents carried.
A unidentified man was also intercepted by the Sawang Calero Chief, Senior Insp. Keith Andaya, for carrying two illegal gambling machines.
The video carrera and molemole were confiscated while the man was lost in the crowd, after denying that he owned the illegal gambling machines.
“I was only ordered to bring this,” he said before he went away.
Police are still tracking down the owner of the gambling machines.
Some of the fire volunteers were also wounded during the firefighting efforts in Pasil.
Kevin Mosqueda, 21, a fire volunteer from Suba, sustained minor injuries while trying to extinguish the fire. (JOB)