Published: 01 June 2021
In conjunction with the 500 years of the introduction of Christianity in the Philippines, the Augustinians in Australia organized a webinar on the history of the arrival of the Santo Niño in the Philippines. The input was provided by Fr Ericson Borre OSA who talked to the following topics: The Devotion to the Holy Child; The Origin of the Sto. Niño: Child as King; The Sto. Niño, Ferdinand Magellan and Antonio Pigafetta; The Sto. Niño, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the Augustinians; and the Sto. Niño, as popular devotion, including the Cofradía, the Sinulog dancers, the colours associated with the Sto. Niño, the Sto. Niño novenas and Gozos, the liturgical calendar, plenary indulgences and the Basilica del Sto. Niño in Cebu Philippines.
Fr. Borre is an Augustinian Priest of the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu who is currently assigned at the Real Colegio de los Padres Agustinos in Valladolid, Spain. He finished his AB Philosophy and Theology at St. Thomas of Villanova Institute and Recoletos School of Theology, respectively in Quezon City. Later, he obtained his master’s degrees in Religious Studies at San Sebastian College – Manila and European History at the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain. He is now currently finishing his PhD in History specializing on Mundo Hispánico: raíces, desarrollo y proyección at the Universidad de Leon, Spain. Fr. Borre is also a member-correspondent of the Augustinian Historical Institute in Rome.