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Santo Niño Basilica (Basílica del Santo Niño) Tours & Tickets

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Santo Niño Basilica (Basílica del Santo Niño)
Cebu's Basilica del Santo Niño (Basilica of Santo Nino) was born from fire. In 1565, the church was built on the site where one of conquistador Legazpi's men supposedly found a statue of Jesus in the burning ruins of a hostile native village. The statue—considered the country’s oldest religious artifact—was left completely unharmed.

The Basics
You can see the miraculous Santo Niño (Holy Child) within the Santo Niño Chapel inside the basilica. As one of Cebu’s most notable landmarks, the basilica features on almost all sightseeing tours around town, including combination Cebu City and Mactan tours. Itineraries typically include stops at Magellan’s Cross and the Phillipine Taoist Monument, as well as Lapu Lapu and the Alegre guitar factory in Mactan.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As the church dates all the way back to 1737, it’s a must-see for any first time visitor to Cebu.
  • Remember to dress respectfully and keep your voice down, as this is an active place of worship.
  • The basilica is free to enter.

How to Get There
The basilica is centrally located in Cebu City. If you’re visiting independently, you can get there by jeepney or metered taxi. There closest bus stop is Nino Barangay Hall, which is serviced by buses 4B, 4H, 4I, 10G, and 10H.

When to Get There
The basilica is open daily throughout the year. Plan to visit on Friday or Sunday, when the street outside closes to vehicular traffic and mass services are staged outdoors to crowds of pilgrims. Each year, the Basilica del Santo Niño celebrates Cebu's largest annual event, the Cebuano festival of Sinulog, which is centered on the small Flemish statue of Jesus. The festival features a street parade and performances by brightly-costumed dancers from all over the Philippines.

Statue of Santo Niño
The elaborately-carved wooden figure of Jesus, believed to be of Belgian origin, dates back to the time of Magellan. Historians believe that the figure traveled with the discoverer on his voyage of conquest to the Philippines. As the story goes, Magellan presented the figure to the wife of the Cebu chieftain at the time. After his death at the hands of locals in 1521, the statue disappeared until its rediscovery in 1565.
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18 Tours and Activities to Experience Santo Niño Basilica (Basílica del Santo Niño)

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Cebu City and Mactan Coach Bus Tour

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Explore Cebu City and Mactan on this full-day tour covering the area's cultural, historic, and religious sites. Stops include Cebu's Heritage of Cebu Monument, Magellan's Cross, and the Phillipine Taoist Monument as well as Mactan Island's Minument of Lapu Lapu and the Alegre guitar factory. Midday, stop for a buffet lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cebu City included.
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Avoid the hassles of driving yourself around Cebu City and nearby Lapu-Lapu on this door-to-door day trip through Filipino history. Stop at historical highlights like Fort San Pedro, the Basilica del Santo Niño, the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, the Cebu Heritage Monument, Magellan's Cross and the Magellan Shrine. Get grand photos of these landmarks without any strangers from your tour group getting in the way on this private tour.
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Travel between the highlights of Cebu and Mactan Island with ease on a full-day tour from Cebu, ideal for visitors with limited time. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll tick off Fort San Pedro, Basilica del Santo Nino (Basilica of Santo Nino), and Magellan’s Cross in Cebu before heading to Mactan Island, characterized by its musical heritage and white-sand beaches. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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