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.
The last of the three-part webinar series by the Santo Niño at 500 Committee of the Order of Saint Augustine - Province of Santo Niño de Cebu premiered live on Facebook on April 3, 2021. Three historian-theologians discussed The Augustinians: Their Pioneering Missionary Work and its Impact to the Faith Growth and the Philippine Society.
The talk on The Santo Niño: The Beginning of the Christian Faith and the Expansion of the Devotion, which premiered live on Facebook on March 13, 2021, spurred a spirited discussion among the webinar’s speakers.
A Journey Back to Pre-colonial Visayas, the first of the three-part webinar series by the Santo Niño at 500 Committee of the Order of Saint Augustine - Province of Santo Niño de Cebu premiered live on Facebook on February 20, 2021. The three-part webinar series entitled Bound by History: Magellan, Santo Niño and the Beginnings of the Augustinian Evangelization is part of this year’s celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Image of Santo Niño de Cebu.
The Santo Niño at 500 Committee of the Order of Saint Augustine - Province of Santo Niño de Cebu opened on January 30, 2021, the three-part webinar series entitled Bound by History: Magellan, Santo Niño and the Beginnings of the Augustinian Evangelization in partnership with the National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines, Cultural and Historical Affairs Office - Cebu City and 500 Years of Christianity - Archdiocese of Cebu.
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.