Jun 23, 2010

Magellan’s Cross and Basilica del Santo Niño

“The Cross of Magellan. From time immemorial this spot has been set aside to commemorate the erection of a cross in Cebu by the expedition of Magellan. When King Humabon of Cebu and his queen, son and daughters, together with some 800 of their subjects were baptized by Father Pedro Valderama. This hallowed site was improved in 1735 by Rev. Juan Albarran, prior of San Agustin and in 1834 by Rt. Rev. Santos Gomez Marañon, Bishop of Cebu. The image of the Santo Niño found by the expedition of Legaspi in a house near the present site of the Cathedral of Cebu is venerated by the faithful in the nearby church of San Agustin.”
Last Sunday we’ve visited one of the historical landmarks of Cebu, the Magellan’s cross. This place is located between Cebu City Hall and Basilica del Sto. Niño, in Plaza Sugbo. An octagonal building decorated with mural on the ceiling containing a wooden cross that commemorates the conquistador Ferdinand Magellan who planted a wooden cross (on April 21, 1521) upon converting the original inhabitants to Christianity. A plaque states that the visible wooden cross (made of Tindalo Wood) encases the original cross, but some historians say the original cross was reduced to fire by the locals when Mgellan fleet was defeated by Lapu-lapu.

The Basilica del Santo Niño
It was just a few steps from the Magellan’s Cross so we’re headed to this cathedral. Since it was Sunday a lot of people plague to the Basilica courtyard to attend the afternoon mass. But we’ve not come there for the mass so we take some photo shots and leave for a refreshing snacks, coz it was a hot sunny Sunday in Cebu City.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJune 02, 2013

    I couldn't refrain from commenting. Well written!

    Review my web blog Generateur de Code PSN


Related Posts with Thumbnails