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.
The formal Christianization of the Philippines started in 1565. But the story would not be complete without going back 44 years prior - back to 1521, during the arrival of the famed Ferdinand Magellan* to a group of islands of what is now called the Philippines.
Presided by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, H.E. Most Rev. Gabriele G. Caccia, D.D., the much-awaited concelebrated mass gathered hundreds of devoted mass-goers for the Grand Launching of the Santo Niño at 500 Years Celebration on November 13, 2019.