Sunday, September 26, 2021

Parents named boy Niño to keep him safe

ZACK Maru. This was the name Jonathan Celadenio and his wife Jayvee planned to give the new member of their family, after learning that their soon-to-be-born child is a boy.

But Jayvee had problems in her pregnancy and Jonathan feared the baby would die in his mother’s womb.

A relative told Jonathan to name the boy after the Holy Child.

Ingon man akong iyaan butangi lang nag Niño dong aron makagawas na ang bata (My aunt told me add Niño to the boy’s name so he will come out safe),” said Jonathan.

Jonathan, a department store employee, consulted his wife about it. His wife agreed to the suggestion. They decided to name him Prince Niño. In Roman Catholicism, Santo Niño is child Jesus Christ.

Cebu City celebrates Sinulog in honor of the Holy Child every third Sunday of January.


Last Jan. 2, at 9:59 a.m., Jayvee gave birth to Prince Niño in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).

On New Year’s Day, Jayvee felt pain in her stomach. She was rushed to Minglanilla District Hospital and later transferred to another hospital (not VSMMC) where a doctor told Jonathan the baby might die in the womb.

Dili sila syur mabuhi ang bata kay nakakaon man og hugaw. Nahadlok gyod ko nga mamatay siya (The doctors’ were not sure if the baby would live. I was so worried),” said Jonathan.

Jayvee was transferred to VSMMC and normally delivered the baby.

Jonathan said he is praying to the Holy Child to give his family another miracle after Prince Niño was stolen from the hospital.

Mag-ampo lang gyod ko niya nga mabalik akong bata (I pray that my child will be returned to us),” he said.


Prince Niño was stolen by a woman who was dressed as a nurse at past noon last Monday.

Makonsyensiya lang unta siya. Iuli na tawon ninyo ang bata kay guol na kaayo akong asawa (May her conscience haunt her),” said Jonathan.

Jayvee had wanted to go with Jonathan to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 office, but the latter told her to relax.

Sige tawon siyag hilak. Nanghubag na man gani to iyang mga mata (Her eyes are swollen from crying),” said Jonathan.

After reporters interviewed Jonathan at the NBI 7, he opened the folder in his cellular phone where the pictures of Prince Niño where saved.

He later played a video of his wife breastfeeding the boy then managed a smile.

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