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  Feast of Santo Niño
Saturday, May 6, 2017
5:30 PM, Christ the King Church - MAP


A celebration of Filipino Catholic tradition in honor of the Child Jesus at Christ the King Church.

History

The image of the Holy Child was brought to the Philippines by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, and given as a gift to Queen Juana of Cebu, who was reportedly moved to tears after she saw the 15-inch tall wooden statue and allowed herself to be baptized as a Christian.

After Magellan was killed, not much was heard about the image. But 44 years later, in 1565, when Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived in Cebu, a Spanish soldier, Juan Camus, found the image inside the house of a native. His house was razed by fire that miraculously spared the holy image. Legazpi named Cebu as the City of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

The image now known as Santo Niño de Cebu is considered the oldest Christian relic in the country. It is enshrined and venerated at the oldest church in the country, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City.

Contact: Angie Chico-Agustin
achico@umikc.com / 816-523-7364

*This event is not affiliated with the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City.