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2021, April 14.  Santo Niņo at 500

Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Pairs, Miniature Sheets of 10, Commemorative SK Miniature Sheets of 4



Se-tenant Pairs -      


    12p  Image of Santo Niņo

    12p  Official Logo Santo Niņo at 500


Miniature Sheets of 10 (Five Se-tenant Pairs) -


First Day Covers:  Manila & Cebu



Santo Niņo at 500

(Quincentennial Commemoration in the Philippines in 2021)

The Santo Niņo de Cebú is a Roman Catholic title of the Child Jesus associated with a religious image of the Christ Child widely venerated as miraculous by Filipino Catholics.   It is the oldest Christian artifact in the Philippines, originally a gift from explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon and his chief consort on account of their baptism in 1521.

The dark wood statue measures approximately twelve inches tall, and carved in the Flemish style. It depicts the Child Jesus, with a serene countenance, in the attitude and dress of a Spanish monarch.  The statue bears imperial regalia, including a golden crown, globus cruciger, and various sceptres, wears fine vestments, and possesses jewelry mostly offered by devotees over several centuries.

The Santo Niņo is widely honored with festivals in the Philippines. Filipinos have empathized with the image of the Child Jesus. This has resulted in an inculcation into our native culture that is still strongly felt, even five hundred years on.





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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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