Excerpts from L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO
Finding myself in this important city known as the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines, I want to express my deep joy and profound thanksgiving to the Lord of history. The thought that for 450 years the light of the Gospel has shown with undimmed brightness in this land and on its people is cause for great rejoicing. Four and a half centuries of fruitful interaction between the local culture and Christian message have resulted in this harmonious blending called "Filipino Christian culture." God's providence in the Philippines has truly been wonderful.
The Christianization that took place in the sixteenth century was not something merely accidental. Divine grace was at work when the people of this region had their first contact with the image of the Santo Nino. It is an important historical fact, rich in religious meaning, that on January 1, 1571 the village kingdom of Sugbu was renamed "Villa del Santo Nino," and thus the first city of the Philippines was placed under the patronage of the Child Jesus. In a particular way the church thank God that the tiny Christian community of Sugbo, under the patronage of the Infant Jesus, has now become a flourishing archdiocese of two million people, almost all of whom are Catholics. It can truly be said that growth in faith and Christian living has been until now a constant feature of the church in Cebu as well as the whole Philippines. The glorious past gives hope for the future" -
"It is the one light of our cultural heritage that will shine above and beyond the boundaries of colors and race."
Cardinal Richardo Vidal
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At the time we recall the Glorious Catholic History of Cebu and how Ferdinand Magellan Planted the Cross there in 1521. Cebu City is thus known as the "Cradle of Christianity in The Far East". A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Basilica of San Agustin in Cebu in order to Venerate The Sacred Image of Santo Nino De Cebu. Through devotion to Santo Nino may the members of the Santo Nino De Cebu Association illuminate our City of San Francisco with the Light of the Peace and Love of the Christ Child".
Fr. Martin De Porres Walsh, O.P. - Past Pastor,St. Dominic's Church
"The Fiesta of Santo Nino de Cebu imparts to every Filipino renewed sense of the values of the traditional Filipino traits of piety, friendship and hospitality, and devotion to the Santo Nino is a means of inspiring the highest values in upholding the sacred heritage of Philippine culture ..." click here
Unfortunately, we don’t sell statue of Santo Nino de Cebu, and we don’t know anyone locally that sells this item either. However, there’s should be gift shops own by Filipinos in your area that carry this product. Or if you know a Catholic Filipino that are planning to visit Cebu, please ask! Mostly certainly they'll be happy to bring one back for you.