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Historical Places in Cebu

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Historical Places

Although Cebu City is already a bustling metropolis, its historical heritage and richness can still be felt everywhere. Similarly, their traditions of celebrating fiestas to honour patron saints are prevalent throughout the whole Cebu province.

Every 3rd week of January, the Sinulog festival is celebrated throughout the city with people from everywhere willing to witness the celebration every year. The Sinulog Festival is actually a history in itself with the ultimate purpose of honouring the Senor Sto. Nino, believed to be the infant Jesus. Majority of the Cebuanos are devote Catholics thus, people flock to the Basilica el Minore del Santo Nino especially on Fridays and Sundays no only to pray and pay respect but also to witness the grandeur of such an old structure that dates back to the Spanish era.

Magellan’s Cross

Another historical place noteworthy in the whole Visayas region is the Magellan’s cross which was planted by Magellan himself on April 14, 1521. It is presently housed in an old kiosk with wood adobe and red brick tiles. The Magellan’s Cross also marks the spot where the first Christians (Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana) were baptised by Fr. Pedro Valderama and continues to attract all kinds of tourists up to this day.

Fort San Pedro


Another noteworthy historical edifice in Cebu City is the Fort San Pedro which is the smallest, yet oldest fort in the Philippines. It is a triangular fort which served as the first Spanish settlement in the country and was built in 1738. Just outside Fort San Pedro is a popular park for strolling and picnics. Plaza Independencia is Cebu’s most historical plaza with the obelisk of Legaspi as the most dominant feature. Additionally, numerous historical structures can be found all along Cebu’s provincial towns such as old churches and monuments. Thus, every traveller will surely be enticed with Cebu’s rich culture and history. You can still see some of the spanish influence in the current architechture when you are looking particularly for houses for sale in Cebu

Lapu Lapu Shrine

lapulapu shrine

A shrine to Lapu-Lapu who was the person who beat Magellan in battle and killed him Lapu-Lapu became the first national hero. Mactan Island is now also called Lapu-Lapu city in honour of him. This battle was chronicled by Antonio Pigafetta (c. 1491 – c. 1534) who was an Italian navigator born and was paid a huge amount of money accompany the Portuguese captain Ferdinand Magellan and his Spanish crew on their trip around the world. Of the 260 men who embarked upon the circumnavigation with Magellan in 1519, Pigafetta was one of only 18 who in 1522 returned to Spain after Magellan’s death having managed to complete the circumnavigation under the captainship of Juan Sebastián Elcano.

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