The oldest religious image in the Philippines, Santo Niño de Cebu, is one of the most beloved and well-known religious symbols for the Filipino people. The original statue of the Child Jesus figure was given in 1521 as a baptismal gift to royals by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer. To this day, every January, a festival is held in the city of Cebu to honor the Santo Niño. This vintage statue is just one from our Philippines Santos Collection. Santos like these were once crafted by priests for villagers to use in home altars, especially where there was no local church. This practice originated in Eastern Europe, and became widespread in the 17th and 18th centuries.