Internat’l confab on Augustinian history, contribution to PH history, slated in April 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:51 AM December 08, 2014
The Augustinian Province of Santo Niño de Cebu will have a three-fold celebration next year: the 450th anniversary of the order’s presence in the country and of the rediscovery (kaplag) of the image of the Santo Niño in Cebu, and the 50th year of the Santo Niño Church as a “minor basilica.”
To discuss the historical and cultural significance of these events, scholars will hold the “Kaplag International Conference,” on April 25-28, 2015, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.
The conference aims to bring awareness about the Christian origins of Filipinos. A roster of local and international experts is expected to deliver lectures on the history of Christianization, Filipinos’ devotion to the Child Jesus and the legacy of the Augustinians, particularly as community builders.
In 1521, a Spanish armada reached the archipelago’s shores under the command of Ferdinand Magellan. That event saw the introduction of the Christian faith to the islands. History has it that some natives in Cebu were baptized and an image of the Child Jesus was gifted to Queen Juana of Cebu. However, the Spaniards had to leave, only to return 44 years later in 1565 under Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. This marked the start of Augustinian missions in the Philippines, which continue up to this day.
For queries, call the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City at (032)2556698 loc. 400 or text 0917-8622450/ 0939-9353218. Visit www.450kaplag.com.