Tired of shopping in Ayala or SM? Maybe it’s time to visit some famous sites when in Cebu.
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One of the most famous landmarks in Cebu, Magellan’s Cross is a symbol of Cebuanos’ Catholic faith. Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in this location to signify the propagation of the Catholic faith in Cebu.
The original cross was supposedly encased in wood to protect it from people who chipped it away because they believe it possesses healing powers. Magellan’s Cross is located in Magallanes street (Magallanes being Magellan’s Spanish name).
The second bridge to connect Cebu and Mactan, Marcelo Fernan Bridge was opened in 1999 to decongest the traffic on the first bridge.
Named after Cebuano senator Marcelo Fernan who died just a month before it was opened, the bridge was constructed with the help of the Japanese government. The bridge crosses the Mactan Channel and offers a scenic view of Cebu and Mactan.
Located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, the temple was built in 1972 by Cebu’s substantial Chinese community. The entrance is a replica of the Great Wall of China. There’s a souvenir shop and a wishing well inside while the balcony offer a wide view of Cebu.
The temple is open for everyone but make sure to observe silence especially in the prayer rooms. Not far from the Taoist Temple is another temple – the Phu Sian Temple but unfortunately, it’s not open for public.
Dedicated to the only Cebuano president, Fuente Osmeña is a fountain and a park inside a rotunda located along Jones Avenue and General Maxilom Avenue. This place is considered the center of social, political and cultural events in Cebu. Fuente Osmeña is free for everyone but don’t expect to see the fountain filled with water.
Little trivia: ‘Fuente’ means fountain in Spanish and the famous fountain can be seen at the right portion of the old 50 peso bill.
Also called Mactan Shrine, the Lapu-Lapu shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue of the first Filipino national hero. The shrine is located along the shores of Punta Engaño, Mactan Island.
Inside the grounds of the shrine, you can also visit the Magellan’s Shrine, a 30-meter tower in honor of the Portuguese explorer and a place showing a large panoramic painting that depicts the Battle of Mactan.
Located in Badian, in the southwestern part of Cebu, Kawasan Falls offers you a relaxing peace of mind away from the busy urban life.
Kawasan has many falls, but it is the largest one that is usually crowded. Aside from swimming you can also try rafting in the waters, but I advise you to be extra careful.
Arriving in the location might be a long ride, but it’s definitely worth it.
Considered as the oldest fort in the Philippines, Fort San Pedro was built in 1738 to repel Muslim invaders. It has endured several wars, including World War II where it served as an emergency hospital.
Even after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol in 2013, the fort is still standing.
Presently, it is a historical park and part of it is a museum where you can see various Spanish artifacts, documents and paintings.
Plaza Independencia means “Independence Square” in Spanish and is located in M.J. Cuenco Avenue, just nearby Fort San Pedro. In this plaza, a white obelisk is dedicated in memory of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Spanish governor-general of the Philippines.
There’s also a statue of President Ramon Magsaysay and War Veterans’ Monument.
The plaza’s name came to be when the Americans liberated the Cebuanos from the Spanish rule.
The basilica, whose name means “Minor Basilica of the Holy Child”, is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines.
It is erected in the place where Spanish explorers found a Sto. Niño image.
The image of Sto. Niño inside the basilica is considered to be the oldest relic in the Philippines.
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is the cradle of Cebuano faith, and many devotees, no matter how far they come from, visit the place just to attend the mass especially on Sinulog.
Considered as the oldest street in the Philippines, Colon Street is named after Christopher Columbus (Colon is his Spanish name). Colon Street may not look nice compared to other major streets, but it has attracted many visitors.
With old, dilapidated structures, beggars and tangled electric lines surrounding the place, Colon was once a major street with flourishing business establishments such as movie houses. Despite its worn-out appearance, Colon Street is still as busy as ever with many people visiting it any time of the day.
I’m sure most of Cebuanos have already visited one of these places.
Let’s be proud our own famous sites and try to preserve them.