Sto. Niño Church
Osmena Blvd., Cebu City
How to get to Sto. Niño Church, Cebu
Your in luck Cebu is one of the major cities in the Philippines, it has taxi services around the city so getting around the tourist destination is easy. The best way is to hail a cab to bring you there it will cost you P70-100 if you are coming from ayala mall cebu or if you want to try what the locals do you can ride a jeep with “plaza or city hall” printed on their signage route.
The convent of the Sto. Niño de Cebu was founded by Fr. Andres de Urdaneta on April 28, 1565 , the very day the Legazpi-Urdaneta expedition arrived in the island. On May 8 of the same year, when Legaspi and his men planned the urbanization of the city, they allotted a “place for the church and the convent of San Agustin, “where the Santo Niño image had been found.”
In 1599, the convent was made a house of studies of grammar, headed by the Visayan linguist, Fr. Alonso de Mentrida. It also served as a rest house for missionaries working in the province and as a retirement home for the aged and the sick, usually attended to by a lay brother.
The church has always been the Sanctuary of the Sto. Niño, under the custody of the Augustinians. The number of priests assigned to the church varied from three to five aside from one or two lay brothers.