Basilica del Santo Niño

Basilica del Santo Niño, Cebu City

Basilica del Santo Niño
4.5
Speciality Museums • Religious Sites
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
4:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This famous church dates back to the early Spanish colonial era. The Church was founded by the Augustinian friars since their arrival in 1565. You could also find in the church the miraculous image of Sto. Nino (Child-Jesus).
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lara
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Sep 2020
I went here with my mother. I can say that it was a very beautiful memory to cherish because churches, especially like the Basilica del Santo Nino, which is a part of our history as well way back the colonization of the Spaniards, have different hit in my heart, considering how well maintained and beautiful it was when I got there inside and out, and it is still has its beauty up until today for sure. I enjoyed exploring the façade of the church and how it looks incredibly great inside. All in all the experience was great, I hope I could visit the Basilica again soon.
Written May 24, 2021
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London-Phil
London, UK3,771 contributions
Mar 2020
As there are many such reviews on the Basilica del Santo Nino here on TA, I thought I might offer a slightly different perspective on such a well visited subject.

I visited the Basilica del Santo Nino whilst in Cebu in March 2020, when everything was still open thankfully so I was able to walk freely around.

It is certainly impressive, especially when viewed in the context of the poverty of the docks/piers which are but a short stroll away. I know this, because I spent hours walking through both on the day I visited. I am used to poverty overseas, but found the very young girls (children), clearly with their own young babies, especially upsetting.

I make this observation only because of the very visible difference between the prosperity of the two factions, and not as a specific criticism of either.

The Basilica del Santo Nino, is a beautiful Catholic Church, located in the downtown area of Cebu City, next to the Magellan Cross which, is another highly visited tourist point.

As is usual for me, the most compelling and therefore memorable aspect of my visit was the human interaction enjoyed, this rather than the glitz and glory of the main building itself.

I remember well, a smiley Lady of some advanced years, in yellow (see pics), attempting to sell me some candles. Unfortunately, I had just purchased a large, Holy candle from the Church shop, this for a friend back in the UK who is considerably more devout than I am. So sadly in this case, I felt unable to accommodate her request to buy more.

I did however ask, if she might like to come home to the UK with me as I was both alone abroad and sadly, unloved at home. Alas, she broke my heart and we subsequently parted with the cheeriest of laughs and giggles being exchanged between us.

The point I'm really trying to make here is a simple one. Yes, the building is beautiful and clearly, religiously significant. I am myself a Catholic who studied theology when younger.

The real beauty for me however, will always be the people who inhabit and visit these sites rather than the bricks, mortar and Gold in this instance, that was required to build them.

Over the years, I have been to many such Grand Places of Worship, and the thoughts and memories that have lingered the longest, have always been centred around conversations enjoyed whilst there, rather than the Grandeur of the places themselves.

In which case, if ever given the opportunity, go and explore the Basilica del Santo Nino and enjoy the beauty that is self-evident from near every corner and angle.

Above all else though, bring some money for the truly lovely Lady in yellow, as I have absolutely no doubt, she will still be there and asking if you might buy her candles. Remember to smile when you speak, as you just never know where the next life affirming conversation will come from, even when you don't actually speak the same language.

That for me, is the true beauty and wonder, of Travel!

As always, happy and safe travelling.

Phil
Written September 13, 2020
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Francis_Elvis_Verdin
Palawan Province, Philippines12 contributions
Oct 2019
A Place that you could remember the resemblance of how we invade by Spaniards the Philippines for almost 333 years.
Written September 3, 2020
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ScambusterSZ
Sydney, Australia1,792 contributions
Aug 2019
While we couldn't get in, we had a nice walk around as part of longer walk around the village. It between the main drag through town and the ocean front. You can also see the museum nearby.
Written July 10, 2020
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Roger M
Mandurah, Australia3 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
A beautiful place in which to contemplate your inner self. Can never visit Cebu without spending a few minutes in this holy place.
Written June 22, 2020
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Mark D
Cebu City, Philippines65 contributions
Jul 2019
was last year I went back again.. didnt make it this year .. with all going on.. magnificent aura.. I am a born and raised catholic, but this place has a feel to it... beautiful and Magellan's cross is just door .. nice place.. stay close to the church.. dont venture off if you are not with a local.
Written May 3, 2020
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Ron
Taguig City, Philippines4,334 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visited here again for a night city tour.
Same lovely church of sto nino w a very nice garden inside the premises.
Solemn and beautiful place
Written April 27, 2020
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Perry B
Hong Kong, China2,304 contributions
Oct 2019
This was a stunning historic property and my friend and I spent hours here compulsively photographing it from every conceivable angle! Spanish Colonial style doesn't get much more impressive than this!
Written April 22, 2020
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g0822
Province of Davao de Oro, Philippines13 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
would love to visit this place again on my nxt visit here in cebu, church is few steps away from magellan’s cross. don’t forget to offer your prayers to sto. niño just approach those women who are wearing yellow with candles on them. it was a nice and unforgettable experience for me as a catholic.
Written March 15, 2020
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Marty
Cebu City, Philippines380 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Basilica del Santo Nino ... is a splendid historical Catholic Church located downtown Cebu City , next to the Magellan Cross

As each time I visit , the Church grounds ( like the candle pray area ) there are plenty of Catholic devotees

Even if not Catholic or even not religious ... I still recommend the experience of visiting this
Written March 13, 2020
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