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Half-Day Twin Cities Tour of Cebu and Mactan with Round-Trip Hotel Transfers
"Join this twin-city tour in the historical and the beautiful province of Cebu. Walk around the city and discover it's colonial past. Visit the Fort San Pedro and trace back the history of the colonial city and observe how the local people express their f explore Lapu-lapu City. It was the site of the famous Battle of Mactan where the foreign conquistadors suffered their defeat on the hands of the local people led by Lapu-lapu. A shrine in his honour is among those frequently visited by tourists. Walk aro"""An extended version of the Cebu city tour with additional stops at a guitar factory (our guitars are proudly handmade) fashion accessories factory (whatever the occasion something fancy will catch your eye!) dried mango factory and the Lapu-Lapu Monument. Lunch or dinner will be served at a local restaurant."
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Private Cebu City Tour with Lunch
"The city tour starts with a visit to the majestic Taoist Temple. Situated six kilometers from the city centre is this impressive and highly ornate temple of the Taoist religious community. Its size and architecture are evidence that a considerable part o which is where most of the city’s fresh produce is sold. We stop at the Basilica Minore de San Agustin which now houses the statue of the Infant Jesus. A short walk away is Magellan’s Cross the place where Christianity was first planted in Cebu. Not far away is Fort San Pedro the first military stronghold in the country. Its walls were recently restored and a garden is laid out in the inner courtyard an enticing refuge not far from the hustle and bustle of the harbor.  Proceed to Casa Gorordo the last stop of the tour. The Parian district in today’s downtown area was the residential home of Cebu’s wealthy at the turn of the century. Of the remaining four houses
From $54.00
 
Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach
"Taoist TempleThis temple preserves the teachings of Lao-Tse the 600 B.C. Chinese philosopher. Everyday people climb its 99 steps to light joss sticks and have their fortune read. A towering multi-tiered multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes.Attractions here consist of huge colorful dragon a replica of the Great Wall of China spacious balconies offering scenic views
From $20.00

Basilica Del Santo Nino Tips (20)

Basilica Santa Nino, Cebu, Philippines ...

"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 10 pesos or you 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 the Philippines are a crowded affair, I suggest you try to visit the Basilica on another day, most probably on weekdays.

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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TrendsetterME
Oct 07, 2015

The Urdaneta's Route

Andres de Urdaneta is very loved in the Philippines. He was a relative of Miguel de Legazpi.
He found the way to navigate back to Acapulco, in Mexico, crossing the Pacific, with the Manila Galleon. In the pictures are whoun the route that he took, navigating to the north first, to find the favorable winds.

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jorgejuansanchez
Aug 26, 2014

Devotion to Santo Nino

If you are a Roman Catholic, then you would go the the side entrance of the church and proceed to fall in line to have a glimpse and kiss and wipe your hankerchief and the glass enclosed original statue of the Santo Nino De Cebu. the line takes 30 minutes to 1 hour during fridays.

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.

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machomikemd
Apr 12, 2013

Main Basilica 2

More Pictures Around the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino

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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Apr 12, 2013
 
 
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Tha Main Basilica

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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machomikemd
Apr 12, 2013

The Pilgrim Center

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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machomikemd
Apr 12, 2013

it is a very nice place to live

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...

tonet_romero
Oct 13, 2012

pay homage to the little King...

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 only basilica in the far east

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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theguardianangel
Feb 10, 2012

Holy Trip to Basilica De Sto. Nino

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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IamPam
Dec 28, 2011

Cebu - Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino

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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suroyista
Sep 22, 2011

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño: Viva Senor

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.

thescene
Oct 24, 2010

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