Monday, April 14, 2014

Today in Philippine History: Magellan's Gift to the Queen

APRIL 14, 1521
After Cebu’s Rajah Humabon and his wife were baptized, Ferdinand Magellan gave Queen Juana an image of the Child Jesus. This gift was well loved by the Cebuanos that they called HIM the “Sto. Nino of Cebu”. Antonio Pigafetta also gave the queen a statue of Our Lady. After being the first to be recovered years later, the Sto. Nino became the symbol of the Catholic Faith in the Philippines and is venerated by Filipinos today. The original image is found at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino and is under the care of the Augustinian Fathers.

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