Sto. Niño de Cebu


Sto. Niño de Cebu (or Holy Child of Cebu) is a Roman Catholic figure of the child Jesus. The convent was founded on April 28, 1565 by Fr. Andres de Urdaneta which was the same day the Legazpi – Urdaneta expedition arrived in the Philippines. A place was allotted for the church and the convent of San Agustin (the place where Sto. Niño image was found) when Legazpi and his men planned the urbanization of Cebu on May 8, 1565.

Sto. Niño de Cebu image is the oldest Catholic relic in the Philippines and was permanently housed since 1565 at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City, Cebu which was under the custody of the Augustinians. The convent not only housed the prominent image but also served as the house of the studies of grammar in 1599. It also served as the rest house of missionaries working in the province as well as a retirement home for the aged and the sick.

Sto Nino de Cebu

Sto Nino de Cebu

Concrete design of the Sto Nino

Concrete design of the Sto Nino

Pilgrim Center

Pilgrim Center

Candelaria

Candelaria

The church and convent was built by Fr. Diego de Herrera with the use of wood and nipa. This was destroyed by fire on November 1, 1566. In 1605, a new church was constructed by Fr. Pedro Torres still out of wood and nipa. The church was completed in 1626 but unfortunately in March 1628 it was again destroyed by fire. Fr. Juan Medina started the construction of another church around 1628-1629. This time they used a great innovation during those times which is made of stones and bricks. But later on, the construction was stopped because the bricks used apparently “melted” upon contact with air. In February 29, 1735 Father Provincial Bergaño among others started the foundation of the present church which is made of stone. A lot of help came, from the residents of Talisay to the parishioners of Mactan.

The materials used during the construction of the church of Sto. Niño de Cebu was made of stone which were quarried from Capiz and Panay by an army of bancas. The molave wood came from the mountains of Talisay. Rev. Fr. Juan Albarran acquired some knowledge of architecture because there was a lack of chief craftsmen and officers. The construction of the church commenced around 1735-1737 and was completed in 1739 and according to one author  named Vela “the church has all the characteristics of a solid construction to withstand all the earthquakes…” The façade of the church is a blending of Muslim, Romanesque and neo-classical features and the bell tower has two blind and open windows alternating in shape, ending up in triangular pinnacles with a circular disc crowned by balusters and a bulbous dome of Muslim influence.

Sto. Niño de Cebu image was the same image that Magellan gave to Queen Juana as a gift during the baptism of King Humabon and his wife Queen Juana on April 14, 1521. When Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fr. Andres de Urdaneta arrived in Cebu and formally Christianized the Cebuanos on April 27, 1565, they found the natives unfriendly and set the village on fire. One of the soldiers named Juan Camus found the image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu unharmed in one of the burnt houses. Since then, miraculous image has been revered by the Cebuanos and became the patron of Cebu. Today, the original Sto. Niño de Cebu image beautified with gold and precious stones is shrined in glass which is situated on the left side of the Basilica altar for public devotion.

Marker of the Sto Nino de Cebu

Marker of the Sto Nino de Cebu

Front area of the church

Front area of the church

Devotees of Sto. Niño de Cebu are growing over the years and would easily fill the Basilica beyond its capacity. Because of this, a pilgrim center was built within the church compound which was completed in September 1990. The pilgrim center is an open-air structure that can accommodate 3,500 people. This is where the Holy Mass during Fridays is celebrated as well as religious festivities. The construction funds where from generous contributions from Sto Niño de Cebu devotees around the world.

The church also has Basilica Del Sto. Niño Museum which is situated in the basement of the Pilgrims Center. The museum houses different Sto. Niño de Cebu gowns in various sizes. It also shows different jewelry from rings to necklaces which are placed in one cabinet as well as different kinds of toys. These are usually gifts from devotees offered to the Sto. Niño de Cebu for his use during his feast on the third Sunday of January. You can visit the museum from Monday – Sunday (except Wednesday) from 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM and from 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM. A minimal fee around P10-20 will be collected for the maintenance of the place.

Garden inside the church

Garden inside the church

The church also have a “Basilica store” located on the south wing of the Basilica. Replicas of Sto. Niño de Cebu as well as religious articles, rosary among many others are sold in this store as souvenir items. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

 

Statues of Saints

Statues of Saints

Balloons for Sale

Balloons for Sale

Praying to the Sto Nino de Cebu

Praying to the Sto Nino de Cebu

The church of Sto. Niño de Cebu is located in Magallanes St., Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. Going west, it is 5 minutes walk to Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, 6 minutes walk to Rajah Humabon monument, 8 minutes walk to Colon St., the oldest street in the Philippines and about 9 minutes away from the Cebu Heritage Monument. When going north, one can walk going to Fort San Pedro for about 7 minutes.

For more details about the Sto. Niño de Cebu, you can visit their website at http://www.basilicasantonino.org.ph/.

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  1. viem says:

    Maayong adlaw sa tanan
    pwede ba ako mangayo ug tabang pls asa man ko makapalit ug Church Bell ( BAGTINGAN )
    sa cebu taga leyte ako pls malooy mo sa among simbahan nga walay Bagtingan intawon..

    salamat ug manghinaot sa inyong pagduyog

    viem

  2. Anna liza says:

    Happy New Year sa mga taga Cebu sa inyong tanan dinha.
    Mangayo ko tabang sa pag ampo ug panaad sa kang Sr.STO NINO DE CEBU hapit na gud ang fiesta Sinulog sa Cebu
    ge ampo nako bahala pobre basta maayo ug baskog lang ang lawas ug nang hinaot pod ko maka anak ko bisan isa lang ako pirmi intawon gi ampo
    Advance Happy Sinulog ug daghan salamat sa pag naad nako kang Sr.Sto NINO DE CEBU

  3. 15 February 2011
    Tuesday; 22:02 Hrs.
    Brgy. Tolo-tolo, Consolacion
    6001 Cebu, Philippines

    Dear Mr. Mark Maranga:

    Greetings of Peace from Sto. Niño Spirituality Center!

    We would like to congratulate you for the beautiful and blessed pictures of Sr. Sto. Nino and His Basilica. Truly, your endeavour is far more than a hobby but a devotion, a strong manifestation of faith and reverence to the humble and miraculous Sr. Sto. Nino de Cebu.

    May all people of good faith who come to visit your website be led to the “Living Water” who Himself-Jesus, “the Way, the Truth and the Life” and find healing, comfort and enlightenment as they visit the:

    Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino de Cebu,
    Sto. Nino Pilgrim Center,
    Sto. Nino Museum and
    Sto. Nino Spirituality Center.

    May the blessing of Sr. Sto. Nino de Cebu be with you and your web viewers.

    In Christ and St. Augustine,

    The Augustinian Management
    The Augustinian Friars
    Sto. Niño Spirituality Center
    Brgy. Tolotolo, Consolacion, 6001 Cebu, Philippines
    Tel. +63 (032) 516-2508 – Reception; +63 (032) 513-0163 – Director
    stoninospiritualitycenter@yahoo.com.ph
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    Central Office:
    Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu – Philippines
    Order of St. Augustine
    THE PROVINCIAL OFFICES
    SANTO NIÑO PILGRIM CENTER
    Corner P. Burgos Street and Osmeña Blvd.
    P.O. Box 228, 6000 Cebu City,
    Philippines
    Telephone Number: +63 (32) 253-1601; +63 (32) 255-5705
    Fax Number: +63 (32) 255-4498
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  4. STO. NIŇO SPIRITUALITY CENTER says:

    MABUHAY!
    WELCOME!
    STO. NIŇO SPIRITUALITY CENTER is now OPEN to serve you.
    Located in the hills of Tolotolo, Consolacion, Cebu, about forty five minutes (45mins.) drive from the city, its idyllic charm is ideal for Retreats and Recollections and its serene ambiance is conducive for reflection ad meditation. Overlooking a valley, which provides a continuous flow of cool breeze, and offering an impressive view of the city skyline, it can make your stay truly restful and relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Seminars, Workshops, Conventions and other functions can also be accommodated.

    For bookings or inquiries, call:
    Line: +63 (032)516-2508 – Reception;
    +63 (032) 513-0163 – Director

    Direction: (Points of Departure)
    1. S.M. Department Store
    -take any jeepney going to Mandaue City
    -get off highway Mandaue City – infront of San Miguel Corp.
    -take either Consolacion/Lilo-an jeepney
    -get off 50 meters after FOODA dept. Store, Consolacion
    -across the street there is the entrance to ROYALE CEBU ESTATES (Sta. Lucia Subd.)
    -from there, take HABAL-HA (Php 20.00) and tell the driver to bring you to the AUGUSTINIANS…

    2. AYALA Mall
    -take jeepney going to Mandaue City at AYALA terminal—
    -then, follow all directional instructions stated above….

    Complete address:
    STO. NIŇO SPIRITUALITY CENTER
    Brgy. Tolotolo, Consolacion
    6001 Cebu, Philippines

    Official email:
    stoninospiritualitycenter@yahoo.com.ph

    Facebook and YOUtube Account (type):
    STO. NINO SPIRITUALITY CENTER

    For bookings or inquiries, please call:
    Line: +63 (032) 516-2508 – Reception
    +63 (032)513-0163 – Director

    SNSC Augustinian Management

    Prior and Director of SNSC:
    Rev. Fr. Jerome P. Mesina, O.S.A.
    0920-912-4510;
    +63 (032) 513-0163

    Treasurer and Reception and Information Officer:
    Fray Stephen Ong Tan, O.S.A.
    0921-483-9364;
    +63 (032) 516-2508

    Procurator and General Services Director:
    Fr. Tarquin Gamao, O.S.A.
    0916-514-0265

    Fray John Paul Mabanta, O.S.A.
    Chapels, Souvenir and Store
    Incharge

    Administered by:
    THE AUGUSTINIAN FRIARS
    THE PROVINCIAL OFFICES
    SANTO NIÑO PILGRIM CENTER
    Corner P. Burgos Street and Osmeña Blvd.
    P.O. Box 228,
    6000 Cebu City
    Philippines
    Telephone Number: +63 (32) 253-1601; +63 (63) 255-5705
    Fax Number: +63 (32) 255-4498
    FACEBOOK account
    Order-of-Saint-Augustine-Province-of-Santo-Nino-de-Cebu

    ***********************************************************************
    Approved rates: effective January 01, 2011

    A. ROOM RATES:
    Accommodations
    (per day, per head, inclusive of 3 meals and 2 snacks):

    1. *Private Dormitory (P.D.):
    32 rooms (with aircon and individual bathroom)
    a. single occupancy P900.00/day
    b. double occupancy P750.00/day/head
    c. triple occupancy P650.00/day/head

    The individual-room dormitories consist of two connected 2-storey units housing 16 individual rooms per unit. All 32 rooms are air-conditioned, have private comfort rooms and shower and can accommodate three persons in a room.
    *maximum capacity of 32 P.D. rooms: 96 persons

    2. *Group Dormitory (G.D.):
    10 rooms (with aircon and common bathroom)
    4 to 5 persons in each room P550.00/day/head

    The group dormitory is a 2-storey building made up of 5 rooms with 4 common showers and 3 common comfort rooms in each floor. Each room can accommodate 4 to 5 persons.
    *maximum capacity of 10 G.D. rooms: 50 persons

    3. Basement Group Dormitory (B.G.D.):
    double deck beds, non aircon, common bathrooms,
    60 persons capacity P400.00/day/head

    4. For DAY USE only:
    P350.00
    (per head, inclusive of 1 meal and 2 snacks) with free use of conference room, except the use of aircon, which is P50/hr./unit.

    B. Main Chapel (150 to 180 persons capacity) with Bose sound system.

    C. Conference Room (50 to 60 persons capacity) with Bose sound system.
    Free of use if stay in, except the use of aircon, which is P50/hr./unit.

    D. Auditorium (150 persons capacity) with sound system.
    Free of use if stay in, except the use of aircon, which is P50/hr./unit.
    There will be additional charge for the use of multi media (P100.00/hr.) or electricity for multi media, if you bring your own (P50.00/hr.)

    E. Meals: possible menu (at the discretion of the Retreat House)

    For additional menu, extra meal or snack, there will be additional charges.
    Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
    Thank you for considering us. We look forward to hear from you.

    Thank you for considering us. We look forward to hear from you.

    Fr. Jerome P. Mesina, O.S.A.
    Prior and Director
    0920-912-4510
    0325-130-163
    Line: +63 (032) 513-0163
    ***********************************************************************

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    (Page updated as of APRIL 2011)

    MABUHAY!
    WELCOME!
    STO. NIŇO SPIRITUALITY CENTER is now OPEN to serve you.
    Located in the hills of Tolotolo, Consolacion, Cebu, about forty five minutes (45mins.) drive from the city, its idyllic charm is ideal for Retreats and Recollections and its serene ambiance is conducive for reflection ad meditation. Overlooking a valley, which provides a continuous flow of cool breeze, and offering an impressive view of the city skyline, it can make your stay truly… (read more)
    Mission PROVINCE OF STO. NINO DE CEBU – Philippines
    Order of St. Augustine
    http://www.osanet.org/

    Statutes and Quadrennial Program
    2008 – 2012

    Chapter I
    NATURE and General Objectives

    In union with the whole Order of St. Augustine, it envisions to realize the aspiration and dream of the AUGUSTINIANS guided by the Province’s MISSION, which is:

    A) To incarnate the Augustinian way of life, characterized by interiority, fraternal communion, sharing of goods, simplicity of life, hard work and diligence, in established communities of the Province and other organizations entrusted to the care of its members;

    B) To ensure the continuity of the Augustinian way of life through a well-coordinated vocation-promotion, recruitment and holistic formation and development program for every member in the various fields of human endeavor;

    C) To cultivate the Augustinian Patrimony (e.g. life and works of St. Augustine, history and tradition of the Order, etc.) through its study and to promote the same among the members of the Province and the people we work with; and

    D) To serve the people of God in the various apostolate of the Province (parishes, schools, formation houses and mission) in response to the needs of the Church and the Order from the standpoint of “preferential option for the poor” and towards the building of God’s kingdom.
    Products RETREAT HOUSE – CEBU CITY – PHILIPPINES
    Parking Parking Lot
    Public Transit Direction: (Points of Departure)
    1. S.M. Department Store
    -take any jeepney going to Mandaue City
    -get off highway Mandaue City – infront of San Miguel Corp.
    -take either Consolacion/Lilo-an jeepney
    -get off 50 meters after FOODA dept. Store, Consolacion
    -across the street there is the entrance to ROYALE CEBU ESTATES (Sta. Lucia Subd.)
    -from there, take HABAL-HABAL (Php 20.00) and tell the driver to bring you to the AUGUSTINIANS…

    2. AYALA Mall
    -take jeepney going to Mandaue City at AYALA terminal—
    -then, follow all directional instructions stated above….

    Email stoninospiritualitycenter@yahoo.com.ph
    Phone +63 (032)-513-0163; +63 (032) 032-516-2508
    Website http://www.maplandia.com/philippines/reg
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    The STO. NIŇO SPIRITUALITY CENTER of the Augustinian Province of Cebu-Philippines, located in Barangay Tolotolo, Consolacion, Cebu, finally opened its doors to the public with solemn blessing rites on January 15, 2009 officiated by Father General of the Order of St. Augustine, Robert Prevost, OSA. The blessing of the Center, was part of the closing activities of the Silver Jubillee celebration of the Province.
    The main presider of the Solemn Vesper and the blessing proper at 4:00 PM, was the Prior General himself. On hand too to witness the blessing were Msgr. Julito Cortes, DD, another Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu, the friars of the Province, other Augustinians representing the OSA circumscriptions in the Asia and Pacific regions, and some others who participated in the morning Eucharistic celebration at the Sto. Nino Pilgrim Center for the closing of the Jubilee.
    Present too, were representatives from civil government, headed by the mayor of the town of Consolacion, and members of other religious institutes who were not present in the morning celebration. The blessing was followed by a dinner-banquet held at the auditorium of the newly blessed Spirituality Center during which a video containing significant personalities and events in the life of the Province for the last 25 years was shown. To cap the celebration, songs were presented by some talented members of the Province and folkdances by nationally-known San Diego Dance Troupe.

    Description
    At present, the Center has five facilities which are now operational: the refectory-auditorium building, the chapel building, two individual-room dormitories and a group dormitory. The refectory-auditorium building houses the refectory and kitchen at the ground floor and the spacious auditorium at the second floor. The chapel building has the conference room on the first floor and the glass-walled circular chapel on the second floor. Another basement group dormitory is added recently with adjacent spacious multi-purpose hall.
    The individual-room dormitories consist of two connected 2-storey units housing 16 individual rooms per unit. All 32 rooms are air-conditioned, have private comfort rooms and shower and can accommodate three persons in a room.
    The group dormitory is a 2-storey building made up of 5 rooms with 4 common showers and 3 common comfort rooms in each floor. Each room can accommodate 4 to 5 persons.
    *maximum capacity of 10 G.D. rooms: 50 persons

  5. jake says:

    Mga hangal kayong mga tao bakit kayo sumasamba sa rebulto yan ang walang kwentang katuruan ng mga pareng ito o katoliko kc hindi nila binabasa sa harap ninyo ang banal na aklat papatayin kayo ng mga yan dahil kasama kayong paparusahan ng diyos sa impyierno kayong sumasamba sa diyos diyosang kahoy itigil na ninyo ang mga yan walang kwenta sapagkat ang diyos ay buhay kaya sambahin natin siya sa espirito sapagkat hindi siya nakikita basahin natin

    Deuteronomio 5: 7 ” ‘Huwag kang sasamba sa ibang diyos, maliban sa akin.

    8 ” ‘Huwag kang gagawa ng diyus-diyosang imahen ng anumang nilalang na nasa langit, nasa lupa, o nasa tubig upang sambahin. 9 Huwag mo silang yuyukuran ni sasambahin sapagkat akong si Yahweh na iyong Diyos ay mapanibughuing Diyos. Ang kasalanan ng mga magulang ay sinisingil ko sa kanilang mga anak hanggang sa ikatlo at ikaapat na salinlahi.
    2 Hari 17: 41 Sumamba nga sila kay Yahweh ngunit sumamba rin sila sa kanilang mga diyus-diyosan. Hanggang ngayo’y ganoon pa rin ang kanilang ginagawa maging ng kanilang mga kaapu-apuhan.
    Jeremias 10: 3 Ang dinidiyos nila’y hindi maaasahan.
    Isang punongkahoy na pinutol sa gubat,
    inanyuan ng mga dalubhasang kamay,

    4 at pinalamutian ng ginto at pilak.
    Idinikit at pinakuan upang hindi mabuwal.

    5 Ang mga diyus-diyosang ito’y
    tulad sa panakot ng ibon sa gitna ng bukid, hindi nakakapagsalita;
    pinapasan pa sila sapagkat hindi nakakalakad.
    Huwag kayong matakot sa kanila
    sapagkat hindi sila makakagawa ng masama,
    at wala ring magagawang mabuti.”8 Silang lahat ay pawang hangal at mangmang.
    Ano ang maituturo sa kanila ng mga diyus-diyosang kahoy?

    9 Ang kanilang diyus-diyosa’y
    binalutan ng pilak na galing sa Tarsis,
    at ng gintong mula sa Upaz,
    ginawang lahat ng mahuhusay na kamay;
    pagkatapos ay binihisan ng kulay ube at pula
    na hinabi naman ng manghahabing sanay.14 Sa harapan niya ang bawat tao’y mistulang mangmang;
    malalagay sa kahihiyan bawat panday
    sapagkat ang ginawa nilang mga diyus-diyosan
    ay hindi totoo at walang buhay.

    15 Sila’y walang silbi sapagkat likha lamang ng pandaraya;
    wawasakin silang lahat ni Yahweh.

    • Nikkolai says:

      Ignorance is hazardous to faith. You take all biblical passages out of context. Kung ang Diyos ay nagbabawal gumawa ng mga rebolto, bakit siya nagpagawa kay Moises ng dalawang cherubim sa labas ng Ark of the Covenant, at bakit siya nag-utos kay Moises na gumawa ng tukon na serpent at ang mga titingin niyon ay gagaling kapag sila’y natuka ng ahas? Ang context nyan kapatid (na kulang ang kaalaman at nagyayabang na, na-indoctrinated lang ng ministro na kulang din ang kaalaman) ay ganito sa Egypt ay may maraming Diyus-diyosan (gods and godesses) na inukit ng mga bulaang propeta at walang tinutularan, imaginasyon lamang. Very particular ang prohibisyon ni Yahweh .. ‘yong Diyus-diyosan na gawa ng kamay, pro hindi ibig sabihin na lahat ng mga rebolto ay ipinagbabawal. Ang rebolto ng Katolico ay may basihan, dahil ito ay totoong mukha ng Diyos na nagkatawang-tao (si Hesus), o si Maria na kanyang Ina ay may mukha din, at mga santo ay may mga mukha din, di galing sa imaginasyon ng tao. Ang cherubim na pinagawa ni Yahweh kay Moises ay totoo, di galing sa imaginasyon, created ng Diyos ang mga anghel. Ngayon … because Yahweh loves His own people (Israelites, the chosen people) while wandering in the desert, He wanted to protect them from the gods and godesses. Masdan mo, umalis lang si Moises ng 40 days and 40 nights at umakyat sa Mt. Sinai (by the way, I have visited Egypt and went up Mt. Sinai), gumawa agad sila ng golden calf kasi nga napaligiran sila ng mga gods and godesses. So, kapatid, the prohibition is particular, di general at sweeping to include all the images, because holy images of Jesus, Mary, and the saints. Wala kasi kayong santo na huwaran ng kabaitan at pananampalataya, balibhasa kayo puro lang ataki sa mga ibat-iabng relihiyon lalong na ang katolico. Tingnan mo puso mo, puno ng galit. Naintindihan mo na? Kahit di mo paniwalaan ang sinasabi ko, di kita pipilitin. Manaliksik ka, hwag lang tanggap ng tanggap sa sinasabi ng inyong mga ministro na nag-aaral ng sandali at nangangaral na. Ang bibliya ay salita ng Diyos at di comiks o pahayagan na sandali mo lang pag-aralan, Inspired Word of God ‘yan kaya kailangan mong pag-aralan ng matagal at balikan mo ang background ng taga-pagsulat at ang kanilang kultura at pananampalataya. Get it! So shut up na! Mag-aral ka muna …

    • Hello Nikkolai,

      Thank you for your input…

  6. anna says:

    why is it there are muslim influence in the structure of the Church?
    and whats the significant of the Fu Dog in the door of the church?
    please i need some answer!!!!!!!!

  7. ej bonifacio says:

    what is the old barangay’s name before sto. nino, cebu city?

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