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Basílica Menor del Santo Niño

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Built in 1740, the Basílica Menor del Santo Niño (or Minor Basilica of the Holy Child) claims to be the oldest church in the Philippines. The church was built in place of the Church and Convent of Saint Augustine, which was originally built in 1565. The current church, ordered by then-Spanish Governor of the Philippines Fernando Valdés y Tamon, was constructed with stronger materials than preceding structures.

The church houses the image of the Santo Niño, the oldest religious relic in the country, dating back to the 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Spain and handed Rajah Humabon and his wife the image of the Santo Niño after they were baptized under the Catholic faith.

In 1965, Pope Paul VI elevated the church to a minor basilica. Basílica Menor del Santo Niño is one of 37 minor basilicas in the East Asia and Oceania region; one of 12 in the Philippines.

The basilica suffered major damage from the 2013 Bohol earthquake. Currently, portions of the church are closed for renovation.

Cebu's annual Sinulog Festival celebrates the Santo Niño.

Cebu’s annual Sinulog Festival celebrates the Santo Niño.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The San Diego Pro-Cathedral

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Originally built in 1776, the San Diego Pro-Cathedral is located in Silay City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines. It is the only church in the Philippines, outside of Manila, with a dome.

The church has gone through a couple reconstructions. The original materials used in 1776 composed of bamboo and nipa palm. Stronger materials, like stone, were added in 1841, and the final reconstruction — which contributes to the cathedral’s current appearance — began in 1925 when Don Jose R. Ledesma commissioned Italian architect Lucio Bernasconi to design the church.

Bernasconi used churches in Italy as a model for the San Diego Pro-Cathedral.

Bernasconi used churches in Italy as a model for the San Diego Pro-Cathedral.

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

The Relics of St. Thérèse

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A Carmelite nun from the late 19th Century, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, despite dying of tuberculosis at a young age, made an impact on the faithful when her manuscripts were distributed posthumously.

The Basilica of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, consecrated in 1951, was dedicated to her. The basilica sees over two million visitors a year, with Pope John Paul II making a pilgrimage in 1980.

The Relics of St. Therese have toured the world for years and, most recently, were on display in Bacolod City, Philippines. Before Bacolod City, the relics toured various cities throughout Negros Occidental.

The Relics of St. Therese have visited Bacolod City three times.

The Relics of St. Therese have visited Bacolod City three times.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Ruínas de São Paulo

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Built in 1602, today, the façade that stood before the Colégio de São Paulo and the Igreja de São Paulo is one of the primary tourist attractions in Macau. The façade stands 25.5 meters high and 23 meters wide.

The cathedral was destroyed in a fire in 1835.

Touring the site, a crypt housing the relics of Japanese Christian martyrs is open for the public to view. There is also a gallery for religious art.

The façade serves as a rare example of baroque architecture in China.

In 2005, UNESCO recognized the Ruins of St. Paul as a World Heritage Site.

In 2005, UNESCO recognized the Ruins of St. Paul as a World Heritage Site.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 2, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Saint Pedro Calungsod

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Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, Pedro Calungsod travelled the South Pacific with Spanish missionaries as a teenager. He was known to be a very well-versed catechist.

Calungsod was martyred on a pilgrimage to Guam when he encountered locals who held anti-Christian beliefs after rumors spread that the baptismal water he and his fellow missionaries used was poisonous. He was killed under, what the Catholic church calls, In Odium Fidei; suffering religious persecurion.

He was 17 at the time of his death.

This image of Saint Pedro Calungsod was on display outside Bacolod City’s San Sebastian Cathedral.

This image of Saint Pedro Calungsod was on display outside Bacolod City’s San Sebastian Cathedral.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 15, 2013 at 4:37 AM

San Sebastian Cathedral Bells

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Donated 146 years ago, Bacolod Parish Priest Father Mariano Avila, donated the large bell of Bacolod City’s San Sebastian Cathedral.

24 years later, a smaller bell was installed.

The bells were used to warn the city of revolution in 1898.

Cathedral tower reconstruction forced the bells to be lowered in 1969.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM