BASILICA DEL STO NINO
The Basilica del Santo Nino, which was built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Father Andres de Urdaneta, houses the oldest and most celebrated Christian relic in the country –the image of Senor Santo Nino de Cebu (Infant Jesus). The image was given by Ferdinand Magellan as a gift to Queen Juana during her baptism in April 21, 1521. After being destroyed by the fire the structure was rebuilt in 1602 and then rehabilitated in 1740. Thousands of devotees gather at the Basilica every Friday for the novena. Devotees, too, flock to the church for the Sinulog celebration every third week of January.