“The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is the first church and monastery to be established in the Philippines. It is also the center of devotion of the oldest Christian representation in the country of Jesus as an infant king.
When Spanish conqueror Miguel Lopez de Legazpi landed in Cebu to establish a settlement, one of his men found in an unscathed house a wooden statue of a child with European attributes. Believing that it was an image of the child Jesus left by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan decades earlier, Legazpi then ordered the construction of a church at the site where it was found so that it can be enshrined. Originally called as San Agustin Church, Pope Paul VI elevated it in 1965 to the rank of a basilica minore in honor of the Santo Niño de Cebu.”