Basilica in Cebu to be declared a National Cultural Treasure

The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu is set to be declared a National Cultural Treasure after the Pontifical Mass marking 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines on April 14.  

The National Quincentennial Committee, in partnership with The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu and the Augustinian Province of the Santo Niño de Cebu, will facilitate the declaration on behalf of the National Museum of the Philippines. 

The declaration will be followed by the opening of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines‘ exhibit titled Paghangop: The Santo Niño and the Filipinos at the Basilica’s convent.  

“The values embodied in the theme Victory and Humanity of the government-led 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines are aligned with the 500 Years of Christianity’s theme Gifted to Give,” said Rene Escalante, NHCP Chair and concurrent NQC Executive Director. 

“NQC appreciates the emphasis of 500 Years of Christianity in celebrating the journey of Christian Filipinos in the last 500 years, which is Filipino-centric in point of view,” he added.

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