Cebu City Day Tour

Friday, December 28, 2012

We've known Cebu as the first and oldest city in the Philippines. The place was introduced to us in Grade School as the cradle of Christianity in the Far East. Remember that children's rhyme that goes: "One plus one Magellan, Two plus two Lapu-Lapu..." I bet you know what's next. lol. And how about, 'Sinong pumatay kay Magellan? Si Lapu-Lapu!' 'Sinong pumatay kay Lapu-Lapu? Yung Kusinero!' Haha. Anyhow, that's just goes to show how much we were influenced by the spanish colonization.

If you are visiting this part of the Visayas, do not skip Cebu City. Do not just treat it as a gateway to Bohol because Cebu is a great destination in its own right. Okay? :) So here's some of the historical landmarks worth visiting.
Basilica Minore del Sto.Nino
The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño believed to be built on the site where the image of the child Jesus was found. The spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi believed that the image was left by Ferdinand Magellan. As part of the plan for spanish urbanization, de Legazpi ordered the construction of the church. Since then, the church became the center of devotion in honor of the Sto. Nino. When in Cebu, visit the Sto.Nino first. Baka matampo sya sige ka :)

Magellan's Cross
Who doesn't know this historical landmark? In grade school, it is printed in every single history books. Ask a grade school student and he know :) The Magellan's Cross is perhaps Cebu's most iconic landmark. The wooden cross is believed to be planted by Ferdinand Magellan, marking the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro is another historical landmark constructed during the Spanish colonization. It is said to be the oldest and smallest fort in the country. It served as a Spanish military fortress during the rebellion of the locals in Cebu.

Inside Fort San Pedro

Taoist Temple
Nestled amidst  the northern hills, the Taoist Temple represents the Chinese community in Cebu. It was built to preserve the teachings of Lao Tse, a Chinese Philosopher. The temple was strategically constructed to form 81 steps, which represent the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures.

Great wall of China inspired
A DIY tour is always recommended, not just because it's cheap but also it is exciting :) The tour would approximately take 3-4 hours.

Here's the other attractions you might want to visit:
Colon Street - the oldest street in the Philippines
Mactan Monument and Lapu Lapu Shrine
Yap Sandiego Ancestral house

University of San Carlos - oldest school in the country
Guitar Factories in Mactan (Alegre Guitars)

If a DIY heritage tour is not an option, the city has the Pasiyo sa Kabilin, which is a guided heritage tour formulated by the Cebu City Tourism Commission. Find out more. 

I know heritage walks might be cliche and boring for some, but isn't it delightful if we learn a little bit about the area where we are going? One of the things I learned this year is that traveling is not just about taking photos, it is also appreciating the history and culture of a particular destination :)

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  1. very refreshing yung mga shots mo!

  2. Makes me miss Cebu City! :) I've been to all the places listed above except Taoist Temple.

  3. ^Try to go there on your next visit! Silly me, bawal pala mag jump shot dun. Napagalitan tuloy ako :)

    Thanks for dropping by Gabz!

  4. ^Try to go there on your next visit! Silly me, bawal pala mag jump shot dun. Napagalitan tuloy ako :)

    Thanks for dropping by Gabz!