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CEBU CITY – The Augustinian friars of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu said the recent visit here of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, was a memorable history since its foundation more than four centuries ago.

The Princess, along with her entourage of 57 royal guards, visited the Basilica and spent 70 minutes to learn about its history, according to Father Ric Anthony Reyes, the museum director.

The visit proves that no religion can repel the true essence of faith and humanity during her visit at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. The visit was part of the annual educational tour of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy where the Princess is the head of the History department.

Chainarong Monthienvichienchai, Chancellor of Saint John’s University in Ladphrao in Bangkok, said: “This is an educational tour so that they (students) will understand about Christianity. They are all Buddhists.” The Augustinian friars toured the Princess and the whole delegation around the Basilica compound where she carefully listened to historical backgrounds of the interior and exterior architectures and the exhibition at the museum.

The friars said they are “blessed to have the Royal Princess of Thailand paving her historical visit in the Philippines specifically in Cebu, the cradle of Christianity.” The Philippines will celebrate the 500th year of Christianity in 2021. (John Rey Saavedra)


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