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Churches you must Visit when in Cebu City

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The Philippines proudly boasts to be the only Christian nation in Asia. More than 86 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, 6 percent belong to various nationalized Christian cults, and another 2 percent belong to well over 100 Protestant denominations.

In addition to the Christian majority, there is a vigorous 4 percent Muslim minority, concentrated on the southern islands of Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan. Scattered in isolated mountainous regions, the remaining 2 percent follow non-Western, indigenous beliefs and practices. The Chinese minority, although statistically insignificant, has been culturally influential in coloring Filipino Catholicism with many of the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

Cebu never disappoints. It boasts more than its awe-inspiring natural resources, it is also a melting pot of history!

Being the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines, it is not a surprise that Cebu is the home of several beautiful and historic churches.
Famous for its grandiose architectural design, both tourists and locals alike are taken aback and gaze at these buildings in reverence and astonishment.

Cebu City – The Queen City of the South, There are plenty of things to do for everyone. Cebu is a perfect getaway for those who seek adventure, those who prefer to stay in luxury hotels, or those who travel to find meaning and purpose. From vibrant festivals down to unique delicacies—Cebu truly has it all.

Here ares some of the must visit church when in Cebu.

  • Santo Niño Parish
  • Location: Pilgrim’s Center, Osmeña Blvd, Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Date: Every 3rd Sunday of January
  • Fun Facts:
    – The church was built on the exact spot where Spanish explorers in 1565 found the scripture of the Holy Child Jesus
    – There is a museum inside the church where you can learn more about the olden times of Christianity in Cebu. The museum presents various century-old furniture, antique objects, and some of Sto. Niño’s old cloaks donated by devotees
    – Sinulog is the name of the grand fiesta in honor of Senior Sto Nino. Numerous extravagant events are prepared for the fiesta every year.
  • Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Location: Mabini St., Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: April 28
  • Fun Facts:
    – When the province became a part of the suffragan dioceses under the archdiocese of Manila in 1595, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was established to be the seat of the Cebu bishop
    – The church took a very long time to build due to lack of funds. At one time, the allotted budget for the construction of the Cathedral was given for the moro wars happening in Mindanao.
  • Our Lady of the Guadalupe Parish

  • Location: V Rama Ave., Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: December 12
  • Fun Facts:
    – According to the locals, a vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe was seen in the cave of Kalunasan, which was then part of Sitio Banawa. Because of the testimonies of the eyewitnesses of the apparition, the parish priest of San Nicolas decided to lend the icon to the people of Banawa annually, so they could celebrate Our Lady’s feast on December 12.
    –  The Our Lady of Guadalupe stands a holy representation and significant embodiment of the people’s faith tantamount to the blessings they are receiving. https://www.localprayers.com/PH/Cebu-City/337295546451074/Archdiocesan-Shrine-of-Our-Lady-of-Guadalupe-de-Cebu
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Cebu

  • Location: 15 N Escario St., Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: June 2
  • Fun Facts:
    – a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Father Jules Chevalier in 1857. Mary is showing the Jesus’ heart while Jesus points to his mother.
  •  Redemptorist Church Cebu
  • Location: Queens Rd., Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: June 19
  • Fun Facts:
    – During the war years The Redemptorist House was a refuge for many families whose homes were destroyed or commandeered by the Japanese.
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Cebu
  • Location: Edison St., Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: February 11
  • Carmelites Monastery
  • Location: New Era, Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: June 2
  • Fun Facts:
    – The church was founded in 1949 and has an intriguing history. Hear how former president Corazon Aquino sought refuge here during the ESDA People Power Revolution.
  • Sacred Heart Parish
  • Location: Dionisio Jakosalem St., Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: June 2
  • Fun Facts:
    – a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Father Jules Chevalier in 1857. Mary is showing the Jesus’ heart while Jesus points to his mother.
  • Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod
  • Location: Cebu South Road., Cebu City, Cebu
  • Feast Day: October 21
  • Fun Facts:
    – The chapel is dedicated to San Pedro Calungsod. He was martyred in Guam in 1672 for his missionary work and was beautified on March 5, 2000 by Blessed Pope John Paul II. On October 21, 2012 San Pedro Calungsod was beatified at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI. 
  • –   The chapel is located on an elevated lot within the SM Seaside City Complex. It was the first structure built on the complex, which essentially reflects a practice during the time of the Spaniards when towns around the archipelago were built around a church. 
  • Temple of Leah
  • Location: Cebu Trans central Hwy, Cebu City
  • Fun Fact:
    – Temple of Leah is Teodorico Soriano Adarna’s gesture of love to his late wife Leah Albino-Adarna, a life partner for 53 years. They are the grandparents of Filipina actress Ellen Adarna and owner of motel chain Queensland in Cebu.

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