Everyone knows the story of how the Santo Niño was brought across oceans and eventually became one of the most well-known religious relics in the Philippines
The colors that the Child Jesus is clad in are considered symbolic, too. The red cape represents the death, passion, and martyrdom of Jesus Christ, while the white robes symbolize the resurrection of Jesus.
After Magellan’s death, the statue disappeared, only to be found “miraculously” unscathed inside a box among ruins. A church was then built on the spot where the Santo Niño was found. Today, the Minor Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu City still houses the statue inside a bulletproof case
Sinulog is held in celebration of one of the country’s most famous historic relics: the STO NIÑO. This was the statue of the baby Jesus that was handed to the Rajah Humabon of Cebu by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.
This was one of the most important events in the religious history of the Philippines as it paved the way to the birth of Christianity in the country.
“In these days, throughout my visit, I have listened to you sing the song: `We are all God’s children.’ That is what the Sto. Niño tells us. He reminds us of our deepest identity. All of us are God’s children, members of God’s family,” he said.
“This is who we are. This is our identity. We saw a beautiful expression of this when Filipinos rallied around our brothers and sisters affected by the typhoon,
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