Tag: christianity

Lapu Lapu Monument: The Mactan Shrine

Of course, when I was younger, I made fun of Lapu Lapu because his name is similar to that of a fish. But anyway, I should know better than to pay more respect to these people. Lapu-Lapu or Kali Pulako or Cali Pulaco, was the ruler of Mactan, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted the Spanish colonization. Read more →

Embracing History: A Look at Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

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. Read more →

Under Magellan’s Cross

March 16, 1521: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed on Cebu and on April  21, 1521, he planted the Christian Cross, now known as “Magellan’s Cross” to signify the conversion from paganism to Roman Catholic faith. It is found inside a small chapel or a “kiosk” along Magallanes Street, near the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and across the City Hall of Cebu.  However, the original cross is encased in another wooden cross to preserve it. Read more →