9 versions of the Santo Niño you haven't seen before

Joshua Solano
·1 min read

THE Santo Niño de Cebu has been the most recognizable image of the Child Jesus among Filipinos. The image is the oldest Christian artifact in the Philippines. It was a gift from Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Hara Amihan, wife of Raja Humabon, who was later named Queen Juana.

But did you know that there are other versions of the Child Jesus from around the world? From a sleeping Niño to a Niño dressed up as a king, here are other versions of the images you haven't seen before.

1. Sleeping Santo Niño

Owned by Alvin Agnes

2. El Niño Rey Salvador Del Mundo

Owned by Alexandre Pierre Pardillo Heyrosa

3. Niño De Praza

Owned by Ellis Manuel Mendez

4. Festijado Sto. Niño de Cebu

Owned by Doxch Tiro

5. Santo Niño Dela Consolacion

Owned by James Donell Guinitaran

6. Santo Niño Del Salvador Del Mundo

Owned by John Paul Anore

7. Niño De Cebu

Owned by Mark Steven Go

8. Niño Jesus, Hij Del San Jose

Owned by Jesam Felicano

9. Sto. Niño De Santisimo Rosario

Owned by Alex Cedeno

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(Note: The images were part of an exhibition at Golden Prince Hotel and Suites in 2019 called "Bato Balani sa Gugma: Pasundayag sa Kapistahan sa Sugbo." READ: A thanksgiving exhibit for the Santo Niño)