Basilica Del Santo Nino, Cebu City

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    Basilica Minore del Santo Nino

    by freddie18 Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino is the oldest Church in the Philippines. It is the sanctuary of the Miraculous image of Sto. Nino in which this image was given to Queen Juana by Magellan.

    The church was built in the Year 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and considered as the only Roman Catholic Basilica in the Far East. The Basilica is drawing devotees, churchgoers, tourists, and pilgrims.

    The Basilica is open to the public from 8:30AM to 6:00PM (Fridays & Sundays)
    Entrance Fee: Php10 for Students and Php5 for Senior Citizens

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    Basilica del Minore Sto. Nino

    by kemisteryoso Updated Jun 24, 2010

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    If you want to get more holy at the same time learn something about the Birth place of Christianity in the Philippines then visit this church with towering façade with Romanesque and classical architecture. The church was rebuilt in 1602 in 1735 and was completed in 1739. It is It is the oldest church in Cebu.

    Inside the church, you will see painting on the ceilings that reminds me of the Sistine chapel in Rome and old relic of Saints. The image of the Santo Niño, which is kept in the parish convent, is considered the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. This was the image that Magellan gave to Queen Juana as a gift during the baptism of King Humabon and his wife Queen Juana on April 14, 1521.

    Another thing that makes this church unique is that Candle vendors wearing colorful clothes in yellow, red or green dance their payers. I am not sure it is an ethnic dance or not. I can’t see much step but just forward then backward. The candle vendors at Magellan’s cross did the same thing.

    Can be found along Osmena blvrd. The church is near with other Cebu landmarks like Magellan’s Cross, Old Cebu City hall, Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacang de Cebu. I rode a Jeepney from Capitol building and it is just around 100 meters away after you passed Colon St.

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    Basilica del Santo Nino

    by schwein Written May 13, 2009

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    Right next to the little hut housing Magellan's Cross is the Church of Saint Augustin, better known as the Basilica del Santo Nino.
    This is no less than the soul of Cebu...

    One can't even begin to discuss Cebu without first considering the Santo Nino, Cebu's holiest of holies, so important to the psyche of not just this island, but the entire country. This actual Santo Nino is found inside the Basilica del Santo Nino, also known as Saint Augustin Church.
    You can get quite close and take a good look, as long as a mass is not ongoing.

    The Basilica was first built in 1565, and promptly burnt down in 1566.
    Rebuilt, and was burnt down again in 1628.
    Present construction was built in 1737.

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    Basilica Santa Nino, Cebu ...

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 25, 2013

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    "Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Cebu" is the oldest Roman Catholic Church of 16th century in Cebu city. Located in the center of the city and is a perfect example of combination of three different architecture styles ... The church was built at the exact location where the image of Santo Nino that means the Black Holy Child Jesus was found.

    Inside of the Basilica del Santo Nino is the most famous religious icon in the Philippines, a statue of the Santo Nino. The statue was given to Queen Juana of Cebu by Magellan.

    Santo Nino is at the end of the Osmena Boulvard and very close to Fort San Pedro, mostly any jeepney will take you there for 8p or u can even walk to Basilica from Colon Street byurself ..

    This one of the oldest church of Philippines is devoted to Santo Nino that is the most popular symbol of Cebu city. According to the legends, it was a powerful deity of the colonial period and was generally known by the name of Captain General. Basilica Minore del Santo Nino is among one of the famous symbols of the city. This religious place is extremely popular and teems with devotees each desperately trying to catch a glimpse of Santa Nino statue.

    Sunday masses in Filipino are a crowded affair, I suggest u to try to visit the Basilica on another day. The local people are very devout when it comes to attending The Mass. Specially on Sundays, people turn out on their Sunday best to attend the Church, you too can join, the locals will always welcome you ... :)

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  • Basilica Minore del Santo Niño: Viva Senor

    by thescene Written Oct 24, 2010

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    The centuries old Basilica of Sto. Nino houses a wooden image of the child Jesus that was brought to Cebu by the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. This place is the center of the religious life of Cebuanos hosts a yearly festival to honor their beloved Senor Sto. Nino.

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    Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino

    by nimato Updated Jul 22, 2007

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    Not one of the most stunning Philippine church structures I've seen but nevertheless a must visit due to its historical relevance. In 1565, Spanish conquistadors, led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, found the blackened image of the Santo Nino encased in a burnt wooden box, believed to be left behind by Portuguese and Spanish explorers in 1521. It is also widely believed that the same image was given to Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon of Cebu by Ferdinand Magellan, as a gift after their Christianization in 1521. Founded in April 28, 1565, the church is the oldest in the Philippines. It stands on the exact spot where the image was found. The first church was made out of earth, hardwood and nipa. The stone church that we see today was only constructed between 1735-1739. Finally in 1965, during the 4th centenary of the Christianization of the Philippines, Pope Paul VI promoted the church to the rank of minor basilica.

    An icon of Christianity in the Philippines, a magnitude of church goers attend masses or just visit the church especially on a Sunday. Plenty of security personnel are scattered inside, mostly taking care of the crowd traffic. Many devotess believe that the image of Santo Nino kept by the church is miraculous.

    A plaza in front of the church is where the Cebuanos hold the annual Sinulog Festival grand presentation after the city-wide parade. The festival, I think is the liveliest and the best festival in the Philippines (although I haven't personally witnessed it yet, as of this writing.).

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    Sto. Niño de Cebu

    by asianbelle Updated Dec 3, 2004

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    Constructed in the mid 1700's, the church houses the image of the Sto. Niño believed to be the one brought by Ferdinand Magellan to the country.

    Everyday, there is a long queue of people wanting to touch or "kiss" the image.

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    The only basilica in the far east

    by theguardianangel Updated Feb 10, 2012

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    also a museum and former San Agustin Church; it houses the country's oldest religious image of the Miraculous Image of the Holy Child Jesus more popularly known as "SEÑOR SANTO NIÑO".

    The masses are held inside the church and in the patio.
    Sunday & High masses are held outside the patio due to a larger crowd of church goers.
    Masses are usually in Cebuano language but there's English/Tagalog schedules also.
    When you face infront the patio, you'll notice the tall building in the middle, with an image of the child Jesus.
    Inside the church's altar are images of saints that look likes in a golden box of glass.

    Please note that taking pictures during a mass celebration is not allowed.

    Beside the patio are altar of candles where you can lit a candle while praying.
    You don't have to pay for the candle, you just have to give any amount of donation...
    any amount that comes from the heart:)

    When you exit from the altar of candles, there you will arrive in the hall of Magellan's Cross.

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    Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

    by josephva Written Apr 9, 2008

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    It is a 16th century church in the heart of Cebu City, and built on the exact spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting Jesus as a black Holy Child, was found by Spanish conquistadors in 1565 preserved in a burned wooden box which was left behind during the 1521 Magellan expedition.

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    Holy Trip to Basilica De Sto. Nino

    by IamPam Written Dec 28, 2011

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    If you are a Christian in the Philippines, It is a must and I mean a MUST to visit the Oldest church in Cebu which is the Basilica De Sto. Nino. It houses the original Sto.Nino which Magellan brought from Spain.

    We went there during the first friday of the month which I think is a bad idea because there were thousands of Patrons going to mass, I was not able to fully appreciate the place because there were so many people. According to locals, the first friday of the month is the novena mass for the Sto. Nino. They say that if you go to church that day and make a wish, It'll come true. I don't know about the whole wish coming true just yet, I still don't have my Porsche (haha! kidding) Anyway, despite the fact that I was elbow to elbow with tourist and locals alike, my visit there was worth it.

    The church was a splendid century old cathedral with antique chandeliers, painted ceilings and old statues. If I had the time and space to move around I would have gone to the church museum, but like I said, too many people. So I did what I can to make the most out of that visit. So may only tip is to not go there at the first friday of the month. Period.

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    Cebu - Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino

    by suroyista Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    The country's oldest church, built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fray de Urdaneta, safekeeps the statue of the Holy Child Jesus believed to be miraculous.

    There was an on-going mass service when we arrived at the church. Inside it was packed with people (devotees and non-devotees), sincerely listening to the priest's teachings.

    Outside the church, curious visitors (both foreigners and locals) are busy taking pictures of the church. And yes, we are one of them. ;o)

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  • it is a very nice place to live

    by tonet_romero Written Oct 13, 2012

    i have a very memorable experienced with SENIOR SANTO NINO DE CEBU. JESUS helped a lot in my life eversince. Thanks for all the wonderful blessings that you showered to me and to my family Dear loving Nino Boy.... I love you and Mama Mary so much...

    The image of Senior Santo Nino really shows His love and mercy for us all. The Festival of Senior Santo Nino gives you the best comfort especially if you offer sacrifices on this celebration... You can really experience His love for us through His Miracles daily especially on the fiest day...

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    pay homage to the little King...

    by asiantraveler Written Mar 29, 2012

    A visit to Cebu is incomplete without paying homage to its King- the Sto. Nino de Cebu. This popular icon of the little child Jesus is a gift from Ferdinand Magellan to the queen of Cebu- Queen Juana after her conversion to Catholicism. This event marks the Christianization of the Philippines. The feast of the Sto. Nino is celebrated with much joy and dancing in all of Cebu. Any visitor who wish to see the statue is oblige to line up together with other tourist and devotees. The Bacilica is also interesting especially for those who loves architecture and nostagia.

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    The Pilgrim Center

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2013
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    the Pilgrim Center of the Basilica Del Santo Nino sits just across the Entrance to the Church and is a large courtyard with concrete steps that doubles as chairs. it was built in the 1990's to accomodate the large pilgrims and devotees of the Santo Nino De Cebu that quadruples during fridays as fridays are the novena days of the Cathedral, this is also the starting point of the yearly sinulog festival to honor the Santo Nino De Cebu. no picture taking is allowed of the Pilgrim Center During Friday Masses.

    this is a separate tips and pictures from the Basilica Church Itself.

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    Tha Main Basilica

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2013
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    this pictures will be on the Basilica, I have separate pictures on the line going to the Santo Nino Statue.

    The Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino is reputed to be the Oldest Church in the philippines. and it is claimed that here is the spot where the Spanish Conquistador Miguel Lopez De Lagaspi in 1565, found the Blackened Santo Nino Statue from one of the burned houses (when they waged war on the natives) and the statue was purpotedly a gift to the wife of the previous cebu chieftain Rajah Humabon. The present building, which was completed from 1739-1740, has been the sanctuary of the oldest religious image in the country ever since. A full schedule of masses from 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight are held every Friday at the basilica for devotees of the Holy Child Jesus and followers of novena and the area rally gets packed with both pilgrims and local plus foreign tourists.

    It is Ironic that Catholic Spain who gave Roman Catholicism to the Philippines via Conquest and Forced Conversion are now mostly Non-Religous and Secular.

    if you are a Roman Catholic, you can attend mass and pray and kiss the glass statue of the santo nino de cebu.

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