Agusan Del Norte: Sto. Niño Diocesan Shrine

Located in Maharlika Highway, Libertad in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, Sto. Niño Diocesan Shrine is unlike most of the churches that I usually blog about. Why? Simply because the church is a Post-Spanish Era church or let's say modern church.

Sto Niño Diocesan Shrine
Sto Niño Diocesan Shrine is also known as Sto Niño Parish or Sto Niño Shrine. The church was founded in 1986 and was declared as a Diocesan Shrine in 2000. The image of the Sto Niño or Holy Child that was brought to Butuan City by Ferdinand Magellan can be found in the church.
Church facade
I visited (actually passed by) the church after we drove my brother-in-law to Bancasi Airport for his flight to Manila. My visit was actually unplanned because originally, my goal was to visit the Balanghai Museum which sadly, was closed for renovation during our visit.
Church interior
Church altar
a very nice painting inside the church

one of the several beautiful stained windows
left side of the church
right side of the church
church confessionals
a view from the altar
Luckily on our way to the airport. I saw this "grand" looking church which I mistakenly identified as a Spanish built church. So after dropping my brother-in-law off at the airport, I insisted that that we pass by the church. I was the only one who got down the car because my companions were tired. ( Now you know why I don't have pictures of myself on this trip.) I stayed for less than 10 minutes. I just said my prayers, took pictures, and immediately boarded the car. Several minutes later it rained very hard. Call that luck!

Getting there:

From Manila, board a plane heading for Bancasi Airport in Butuan City. From there board a van or a bus heading or passing through the city proper. The church is just several kilometers from the airport and is located on your right side. You won't miss it.

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