A day before the feast of the Sto. Niño, a solemn foot procession is honoured in the name of the Holy Child. While the image is on procession, another image of Sto. Niño arrives at the Basilica that comes from San Nicholas Church (an Augustinian built church).
The Augustinians were the pioneering missionaries to formally evangelize the Philippines in 1565. Since then, they had been the custodians of the miraculous image of the Holy Child, Señor Sto. Niño. When the image was found on April 28, 1565, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi entrusted to them the spiritual care […]
Fray Julian Bermejo, OSA “El Padre Capitan” of Boljoon In surveying the Augustinian contributions in Cebu and in the Philippines, we cannot forget the tireless efforts of Fray Julian Bermejo, OSA in the town of Boljoon and its neighboring settlements. He was hailed by the old natives as “El Padre […]
The Life of Fray Diego de Herrera and his martyrdom in the Philippines Actual text translated into English from the “Conquistas de las Islas de Filipinas” by Fray Gaspar de San Agustin, OSA, pp. 749-759 The Life of the venerable Fray Diego de Herrera, and the unfortunate failure of the mission he […]
San Agustin notes that Magellan’s expedition “discovered the mouth of the cove of Cebu called Mandaue on 7 April at noon in 1521.” The fluvial parade, a civic celebration started in the early 1980’s re-enacts the arrival of Magellan’s galleons bringing the image of the Santo Niño to Cebu, with […]
The Cross of Magellan From time immemorial this spot has been set aside to commemorate the erection of a cross in Cebu by the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. When King Humabon of Cebu and his queen, son and daughters, together with some 800 of their subjects were baptized by […]
1699 Map of Cebu showing the church of the Santo Niño de Cebu Cebu was decreed “Villa del Santisimo Nombre de Jesus” only after Philippine II of Spain had ordered Legazpi to take formal possession of the islands in his name in 1571. Legazpi was already in Panay when he […]