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.
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.
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
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.
Basilica del Santo Niño was erected by Augustinian Fathers in 1565 making it the first church in the Philippines. It was built as a home for the country's oldest religious relic, an image of the Santo Niño or Holy Infant Jesus. The statue is considered miraculous and a blessed replica can be found in practically every Cebuano household, store, and vehicle.
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.).
I dont think this is actually in Cebu itself, but it is nearby. This is where Lapu Lapu killed Ferdinand Magellan On April 27 1521. I came here on April 26, so there was a big festival goin on. This is a very historic site for the Philippines. If you get the chance you should go take a look...
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.