Basilica del Sto. Niño
The Basilica del Sto. Niño was founded on April 28, 1565 and was made merely with wood, nipa and earth. Later on it was constructed with hard stone as ordered by the Governor of Cebu in 1735: Fernando Valdés y Tamon.
Now the church is a popular site for devotees and tourists alike as they gather around to worship the miraculous Sto. Niño or the Holy Child. The highlight of the year in terms of visits is the Feast of the Sto. Niño which celebrates the Sinulog.
Personally when I go there I have that sense of peace and awe as I feel together with hundreds of other people their strong devotion to the Holy Child.
The Magellan’s cross was erected when the Spanish explorers led by Ferdinand Magellan arrived on the shores of Cebu on April 21, 1521.
The cross symbolized the spread of Christianity to our country. This is actually housed beside the Basilica del Sto. Niño and is no longer visible to the people. What we can actually see is the protective covering on the original cross to prevent the people and devotees from chipping of pieces to serve as Holy artifiacts.
You may chance upon one of those dancing ladies in yellow and they will ask for your name and dance for you while praying for you. They will give you candles which you can light up and offer but they come with a price.
But if you want to offer candles for free there is this small area with rows of candle holders where you can offer short candles for free. If your generous heart permits then you can donate a small amount.