Have a birds-eye view of the locations where the Ferdinand Magellan expedition landed/docked before and during its 1521 arrival in the Philippines and review some of the important events during that period.
The first evangelists to the Philippines and caretaker of the centuries-old image of the Santo Niño, the Order of the Augustinians (OSA) highlighted the 456th year celebration of the Kaplag with an online concert titled Santo Niño @500 and Beyond: PAGLAMBO SA PAGTUO.
The Augustinian friars, being the first missionaries to be in contact with the (Filipino) Indios forty-four years after Magellan was killed in Cebu, have a handful of materials that narrate their interactions with the natives.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released its Pastoral Exhortation in 2012 with the subtitle “Looking Forward to Our Five Hundredth,” a pastoral reference to the quincentennial of Christianity’s introduction in the Philippines. The Augustinians participate in the celebration of the faith with the 500 years of Santo Niño’s arrival which is believed to be the image presented by Magellan to Humabon’s consort after the occasion.
Augustinian priest Fray Martin de Rada - one of the five Augustinian friars who accompanied the expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fray Andres de Urdaneta - was instrumental in the Christianization of Cebu, (and later in the Philippines) in 1565 and decades afterwards.
The Order of St. Augustine – originally known as the Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine – shed off their hermetic character and transformed themselves into evangelists of what was then called The New World (the Americas, Africa, and Asia) starting from the 16th century.
The story of the Santo Niño de Cebu started with the 1521 baptism of Cebu chieftain Datu Humabon, Queen Juana and 800 of their subjects by the chaplain Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, Pedro de Valderrama; and the gifting of the image to Queen Juana by Ferdinand Magellan’s chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta.
The worldwide veneration to the image of the Sto. Niño in the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and the celebration of the Fiesta Senor started way back to the miraculous finding of the image in by the company the Legazpi-Urdaneta expedition in April 28, 1565.
The April 1565 arrival of the Legaspi-Urdaneta expedition to the Philippines, and the subsequent finding of the image of the Santo Nino would not be possible without the Augustinian priest, Fray Andrés de Urdaneta, OSA. The expedition paved the way for Spain’s missionary and economic expansion, and the formal Christian evangelization of the Philippines.