The convent of the Sto. Niño de Cebu was founded by Fr. Andres de Urdaneta on April 28, 1565 , the very day the Legazpi-Urdaneta expedition arrived in the island. On May 8 of the same year, when Legaspi and his men planned the urbanization of the city, they allotted a "place for the church and the convent of San Agustin, "where the Santo Niño image had been found."
In 1599, the convent was made a house of studies of grammar, headed by the Visayan linguist, Fr. Alonso de Mentrida. It also served as a rest house for missionaries working in the province and as a retirement home for the aged and the sick, usually attended to by a lay brother.
The church has always been the Sanctuary of the Sto. Niño, under the custody of the Augustinians. The number of priests assigned to the church varied from three to five aside from one or two lay brothers.
Sayang, di kami nakapagsimba sa church kasi naman ang lakas ng ulan. At nakashorts kasi kami.. mga pasaway na bata! Kaya sa may tirikan ng kandila na lang kami napadpad at nag-alay ng kandila sa aming mga mahal sa buhay.
Yung tirikan ng kandila reminds me of the same in Guadalupe. Libre yung pagtirik ng mga kandila at may maliit na box lang for donations. At yung mga wax galing sa naupos na kandila, nire-recycle para gawing kandila ulit.
Just beside the church ay yung Sto Nino school. At katapat lang sya ng city hall. Napapagitnaan nila ang Magellan's cross.