Basilica del Santo Niño (Basilica of Santo Niño)

Cebu's Basilica del Santo Niño (Basilica of Santo Nino, Basilica Minore de Sto Nino) was literally born from fire. In 1565, the church was built on the site where one of conquistador Legazpi's men supposedly found a miraculous statue of Jesus in the burning ruins of a hostile native village. The statue -- considered the oldest religious artifact in the country -- was completely unharmed. The building still houses the statue, even after burning down three times since its initial construction.

The basilica you see today dates back to 1737, and you can see the miraculous "Santo Niño," or Holy Child, within the aptly named Santo Niño Chapel inside the basilica. Each year, the Basilica del Santo Niño celebrates Cebu's largest annual event, the Cebuano festival of Sinulog, centered on this small Flemish statue of Jesus. The festival features a street parade with performances by brightly costumed dancers from all over the Philippines.

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Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach

This afternoon Cebu city tour includes guide and visits to some of Cebu's most famous landmarks. See the sights in one fun-filled trip! Pickup points are ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00

Half-Day Cebu City Tour Including Round-Trip Hotel Transfers

Tour Cebu's rich past with century old churches, the iconic Magellan Cross, Fort San Pedro, and the 19th century restored Spanish house - Casa Gorordo. Drive ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00

Cebu Historical Tour Including Magellan's Cross and Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Discover Cebu's history and culture on a scenic tour on foot and by horse-drawn carriage. You’ll visit Old Cebu’s heritage sites of Fort San Pedro and ...  Read more

Location: Cebu, Philippines
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.94

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