Cebu commemorates first Christian baptism in PH

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Cebu (CNN Philippines, April 15) — A reenactment of the first Christian baptism in the country was held in Cebu City on Wednesday, with a street play performed near the historic Magellan's Cross shrine.

The presentation — witnessed by a limited number of spectators due to the pandemic — included the baptism of Raja Humabon and Hara Humamay, who then ruled Cebu. Humamay was renamed Juana in honor of the mother of Spanish King Charles and was given the image of the Santo Niño as baptismal gift.

The entire play lasted for about an hour and was performed by local artists and dancers from the Sinulog-famed Sandiego Dancers.

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Earlier this month, the quincentennial of the first mass in the country was celebrated in Limasawa Island, with the event marked by a fluvial procession of the pilgrim image of Santo Niño De Cebu from Maasin to Barangay Magallanes in Limasawa.