The Kaplag Festival or the Kaplag Buwad Festival is celebrated on the day the image of the Santo Nino was found by Juan Camus, a Spanish soldier. He was a part of the expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi to Cebu. The word “kaplag” means discovery in Cebuano. The festival is celebrated every April 28.
When Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu, he was able to convince Rajah Humabon, his wife, and followers to be baptized as Christians. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Magellan gave the queen an image of the Santo Nino as a gift. After Magellan was killed in Mactan, no one knew what happened to the image. When the expedition of Legazpi arrived in the island, Camus found the image inside a partially-burned hut.