Basilica del Sto. Niño in Cebu, Philippines

Basilica del Sto. Niño in Cebu, Philippines is one of the historical sights in Cebu City. The start of the construction of this site is believed to be in 1566 where the image of the Holy Child was found and was destroyed by fire. It was said to be built by Fr. Diego de Herrera using wood and nipa. I have been to this place for a lot of times already. The bank where I worked before in Cebu City is just some meters from this cathedral. please keep reading below for more information about this historical building.
The convent of the Sto. Niño de Cebu was founded by Fr. Andres de Urdaneta on April 28, 1565 , the very day the Legazpi-Urdaneta expedition arrived in the island. On May 8 of the same year, when Legaspi and his men planned the urbanization of the city, they allotted a "place for the church and the convent of San Agustin, "where the Santo Niño image had been found."

In 1599, the convent was made a house of studies of grammar, headed by the Visayan linguist, Fr. Alonso de Mentrida. It also served as a rest house for missionaries working in the province and as a retirement home for the aged and the sick, usually attended to by a lay brother.

The church has always been the Sanctuary of the Sto. Niño, under the custody of the Augustinians. The number of priests assigned to the church varied from three to five aside from one or two lay brothers.

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RennyBA said...

What an interesting post and great pics too! I've never been there, so thanks for sharing this readable story with us!

Happy weekend :-)

Jag said...

Hope to visit cebu soon...