MANILA, Dec. 4, 2014 – As part of the Augustinian Province’s 450th anniversary next year, the “Kaplag International Conference,” is set on Apr. 25 to 28, 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City to discuss the historical and cultural significance of the rediscovery (“kaplag”) of Santo Niño’s image in Cebu, among others.
Local and international experts will be giving lectures on the history of Christianization in the country; Filipinos’ devotion to the Child Jesus; and the legacy of the Augustinians, particularly as community builders.
A Spanish armada arrived on Philippine shores in 1521 under the command of Ferdinand Magellan. This kicked off a series of events that would lead to the introduction of the Christian faith to the islands.
Historical accounts talk about some natives in Cebu eventually getting 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 would continue up to the present.
The Augustinian Province’s Santo Niño de Cebu will be having a three-fold celebration next year to mark the 450th anniversaries of the order’s presence in the country and of the rediscovery (“kaplag”) of Santo Niño’s image in Cebu, as well as the 50th year of the Santo Niño Church as a “Minor Basilica.”
Interested parties may call the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City at (032) 255-6698 loc. 400 or text 0917-862-2450 / 0939-935-3218.
Visit www.450kaplag.com. (CBCPNews)