…sights from 2013: Cebu

One of the sights we were able to see during our Cebu trip last July was the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu City. This is the facade before the structure was heavily damaged in the 7.2 earthquake that rocked the Visayas in October…

Inside at the alter of the Basilica del Santo Nino in Cebu City

The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, commonly known as Basilica del Santo Niño, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 16th century and it is the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country.

The wooden door to the Basilica del Santo Nino in Cebu City

It was supposedly built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú, a statue depicting the Holy Child Jesus was found in 1565 by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

The Santo Niño image is replicated in many homes and business establishments, with different titles reinterpreted in various areas of the country.

The image’s feast is liturgically celebrated every third Sunday of January, during which devotees carry a portable Santo Niño image onto the street fiesta dancing celebrations. The image is one of the most beloved and recognizable cultural icons in the Philippines, found in both religious and secular areas.

Followers wipe the glass case protecting the Santo Nino statue in hopes of receiving good blessings.

Until next time

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