STO. NINO CHURCH - Cebu
The Basilica del Santo Niño, commonly known as Sto. Niño Church, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 16th century.
It is the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country, purportedly built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebu, a statue depicting the Holy Child Jesus was found in 1565 by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
The image is the same statue given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon as a gift over forty years after Humabon's baptism to Christianity on April 14, 1521. It was found by a soldier preserved in a burnt wooden box after Legazpi razed the village of hostile natives.
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.
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