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Foundation Day of Buenavista, Surely this small but scenic place in Marinduque where the Malindig volcano looms over the lives of the peace-loving and culture-bound people living there, is steadily rising above the decades-old hardship and poverty. Small resorts and parks are being built, roads being upgraded, training programs and livelihood programs undertaken, the people no longer feel they are left behind and now recognize their importance in contributing their own share in the island-province's tourism development and economic progress.
The Santo Nino is the oldest and most popular religious image kept in almost every Catholic home and work places in the Philippines. The image played a significant role in the propagation of the Catholic faith especially at the start of Christianity in the country, the first image having been brought by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Many believe that the revered image has the power to heal the sick, grant one’s wishes and so it has attracted countless numbers of devotees.
January is the month of Santo Nino Festivals where many towns, cities and provinces pay homage to the Child Jesus through days of prayer that culminate in the holding of street dances. Prominent among these street festivals are Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Dinagyang in Iloilo and Sinulog in Cebu that over time have become major tourist draws.
Many barangays in Marinduque have likewise adopted the Sto. Nino as their patron and hold fiestas in honor of the Holy Child, but the town of Buenavista has honored the same as its patron for over a hundred years.
This celebration is held yearly from May 1 through May 31. It is in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The children of Buenavista give gifts of bouquets and wreaths of native flowers to the Blessed Virgin.