The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño or famously known as the Sto. Niño Church is a 16th century church located in Cebu City, Philippines. This church is also known as the church of the Holy Child since this was built purportedly on the spot where the image of a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus was found by Spanish Explorers in 1565.
The church was founded by Augustinian priest, Andrés de Urdaneta on April 28, 1565. The basilica remains under the care of the Order of St. Augustine. A museum inside the Basilica showcases the history of Christianity in Cebu. You can see different antique objects, including very old furniture, priestly vestment, and the Sto. Niño’s old cloaks donated by individuals over the centuries.
The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño is also the oldest church in the Philippines. Nowadays, there are a lot of people who go there everyday. People go there to pray and ask miracles from Sr. Santo Niño. There are a lot also who can testify that indeed Sr. Santo Niño has helped them in their needs. Cebuanos (people in Cebu) believe that it is Sr. Santo Niño that keeps on protecting them from any harm. There are a lot of calamities and tragedies that hit the Philippines and there is no major event that hit Cebu yet (hopefully never). They believe that it’s because of Sr. Sto. Niño. That’s why a lot of people pray and light the candle at the Basilica.
If you want to visit CEBU, do not forget to visit The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño. And before you leave, it is a tradition to wave your hand and say goodbye to Sr. Santo Niño. During my three years of stay in Cebu I was very blessed. I thank Sr. Sto. Niño or the child Jesus for that. 😀