Written by nationally-acclaimed author, essayist, and social historian Dr. Resil B. Mojares, the book traces the history of the Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu), “the country’s oldest Christian relic, enshrined in the country’s oldest Christian church, in a city that claims the distinction of being ‘the seat of Christianity in the Philippines.’” Continues Mojares: “It is the popular patron of Cebuanos (the country’s second largest ethnolinguistic group) and its church the site of a Catholic devotion that is the earliest and one of the most popular in the country.”
“The significance of the Santo Niño extends beyond Cebu and the Philippines. Its appearance in Cebu in 1521 did not only inaugurate the advent of Christianity in what became Asia’s largest Christian nation, the story of its origins is a key episode in the Ferdinand Magellan expedition of 1519-1522, a milestone in the historic process of ‘early globalization’ since it marked ‘the first circumnavigation of the globe’.”
The volume inaugurates the Magellan Quincentennial Books Series of USC Press, part of the university’s initiative to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan and his Spanish crew on the shores of the vibrant port of Sugbo.
The Feast of the Santo Niño
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