The Basilica de Santo Niño de Minor is a 16th Century Church in Cebu City which was the first to be built out of earth, nipa, and hard wood. Later, it was remodeled with hard stone. The church was built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus found by Spanish explorers in 1565, which was preserved in a burned wooden box that was left behind during the 1521 Magellan expedition.

Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

Another angle of the Church, along Osmena Boulevard.

Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

Ceiling Paintings inside the church.

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.”

Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

A map explaining the history of this church. “Look! Cebu, Philippines!”

Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

A seal from the Philippines’ Historical Committee.

Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

Light a candle and offer a prayer.

I never loved History. But now, I am embracing ever single aspect of it! Life is indeed a better book. Less texts, less black and white printed photos, and definitely more reality! 8)