Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Basilica Minore del Sto Niño de Cebu

The Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu:

DISCOVERY OF THE IMAGE OF THE SANTO NINO, WHICH IS NOW HOUSED IN THE BASILICA OF THE STO. NINO DE CEBU CHURCH.


The Philippines was first discovered by Magellan on September 20, 1519. They landed in Limasawa, a small Island South of Leyte, Central Part of the Philippines (or in the Visayas Island).


The Image of Sto Niño de Cebu
at the Sacristy of the Church

Magellan's expedition proceeded to Cebu and found that the people of the island were very hospitable and  became as his base of his exploration and conquests. 

The noble couple of Cebu, King Humabon and Queen Juana warmly graced him  and accepted Christianity as well. Magellan agreed to fight with king Humabon, as a form of his gratitude,  who was at war with the neigboring tribe, Mactan. Unluckily, Magellan was killed in the battle. His men returned to Spain, and that same expedition was the first record of man to circumnavigate the earth.

Upon knowing Magellan's death, the King of Spain sent another expedition to Far East Region.

This is where the Cebuanos suspected that the return of the second batch of the Spanish troops in the Philippines was a revenge or retribution to Magellan's death, wherein another battle on the shore broke out. The natives have no match with the heavy armaments brought by the Spaniards, they flown to the highlands, leaving their villages abandoned and huts where razed by fire. Inside of one of the village houses, it is said that one soldier have found an Image of the Child Jesus under the pile of ashes untouched inside a well-carved box.
The Belfry

The Church of the Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu: (Spanish: Basilica Minore del Santo Niño)

The Sto Niño de Cebu Church was built on April 28, 1565, on the same spot where the image was found, by Juan de Camus. It is said that the Parish Church was originally made of local materials such as bamboo and mangrove palm and has the record as the oldest parish in the Philippines. Pope Paul VI eminently move its rank as Minor Basilica on its 400th year anniversary. 

Like the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila, the Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu, its structure was made out of a combination of lime, powdered corals and shells, gypsum, clay and ashes mix and bind together between big blocks of stone and serves as mortar. Mortars are the binder of two stones that squat together.  These big blocks of stones were also serve as fortress or defense wall from outside intrusion and invasion.

The Church is just about 500 meters away from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

The Tablet with inscription
The Feast :

For almost five centuries now, the Church of the Santo Niño became the place of refuge of every Christian Catholic Families all over the Philippines and even from abroad. The image continues to make miracles  and wonders among the lives of many of our countrymen. Its feast day is on the third Sunday of each year and influx of millions of devotees flock to the streets for a colorful "Sinulog Festival".

They even dance to grace the little Child Jesus and honoring and placing the Island of Cebu and entire Philippines under his patronage.

Issue on Prayer Intercession :

Because of some issues brought up about the prayer intercession, the Santo Niño, as representation of the child Jesus,  was once became the patron saint of Cebu, but the Roman Catholic, and the Archbishop of Cebu, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, declared Our Lady of Guadalupe, as principal patroness of Cebu in 2002.

If you are in Cebu, or plan to visit Cebu now, and you are a Christian Catholic, do not forget to visit this place and consider this one as part of your pilgrimage, or Visita Iglesia. Speaking of Visita Iglesia, this is my 5th Visita Iglesia all over the Philippines.

The Location :

Near the Magellan's Cross.
 
 The Facade of the Church
 
The interior part of the Church

 Venue for the dance competition during the Sinulog Festival. This quadrangle is just located across the Sto. Niño Church.

Heritage Tour de Cebu Series : 
Con Tour @ the Queen City of South 
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The Con Tour's Trip was made possible 
to witness the Triennial Awards night 
held at Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu City, Philippines
last March 2012
as delegate, 
representing the Bukidnon Province, Mindanao as Blogger.

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8 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. great post and impressive historical narratives Bonz. :)

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  2. Thanks doc with your inspirational and kind words. It inspire me more to write like you. :-).

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  3. I'll be sure to visit this next month kuya, I love old churches!

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  4. Sulit talaga ang "Lakad" mo niyan. Sayang lang yong sa amin dahil nagmamadali ang guide.:-).

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  5. Been here Bonz, namiss q tuloy ang cebu now im here in Mindanao! Sarap mag ikot sa Cebu city in every corner may historical site or century old structures at magkakalapit lng,,,

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  6. Enjoy mo na lang Jeff yong stay mo diyan sa Surigao. Maganda talaga ang Cebu. Glad to see "her" again. Kumusta na stay mo diyan sa Surigao?

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  7. Very informative and interesting. You may want to look at this link for a piece on the Sto. Nino. Would like to know what you think. http://paranaquephilippines.blogspot.com/

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  8. @Monisima's Life in the Philippines

    Thanks for your kind appreciation.

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