Santo Niño de Cebu
Almost 500 years ago, Ferdinand Magellan discovered Cebu City in the Philippines, claiming the land for Spain in 1521 and bringing Christianity to the Cebuanos. The image of the Señor Santo Niño was given to Queen Juana of Cebu, who was later baptized along with her husband Rajah Humabon and their people. Not long after, however, the Cebuanos turned against the Spaniards, and the Spaniards burned the area. The image of Santo Niño was caught in the blaze and assumed lost.
Years later, in 1565, Spanish conquistadors returned, led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Searching through the rubble, the image was found unscathed, and the local people quickly acknowledged its survival as miraculous, and a church was later constructed on the site of the discovery. The image itself was moved to San Agustin Church at the order of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Father Urdaneta. San Augustin Church was the oldest in Cebu, and was renamed Santo Niño. Today, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is an important historical and religious landmark in Cebu.
“Indeed, we can only give praise and thanks to God through Señor Santo Niño, the God-Child, the Wonder-Counselor and Prince of Peace, who humbled Himself and became a human being like us, in order to understand human nature.” – Fr. Rudy A. Bugna, O.S.A., Rector, Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu City, Philippines.