A sidetrip to Mactan, Cebu


January 1st, First day of the year 2019. Me and my cousins planned to go to Bohol for the weekend (January 5-8) . There are flights that go directly to Tagbilaran in Bohol but we decided to take a flight to Cebu instead. There are ferries that go from Cebu to Tagbiliran and from there to our last destination Panglao, Bohol.


Cebu City is the capital of Cebu province, situated in Visayas. The locals here speak Cebuano, also known as Bisaya.  It is believed to be the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.


Cebu City is known for Sinulog, the grandest festival in the country held every third week of January in honor of the image of Sto.Nino, said to be a gift to Queen Juana (Hara Amihan), the wife of Rajah Humabon, by the Portuguese colonizer Ferdinand Magellan.

Unfortunately we had to leave Cebu a 2 weeks before the Sinulog festival happens. We took a flight from Cebu going back to Manila.


Arriving in Cebu Airport, we took what they called MyBus to take us to Magellan’s Cross which is the only tourist spot i know we can go in Cebu City. I knew about Magellan’s Cross since i was in Elementary School cause we are studying about it. Seeing it in my own eyes was a dream come true cause i wanted to see it in person since i was in Grade school.



Magellan’s Cross – Magellan’s Cross (Spanish: Cruz de Magallanes) is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines March 1521.

This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street just in front of the city center of Cebu City.

A sign below the cross describes the original cross as encased inside the wooden cross is tingalo wood as expressed famous historian Geo Zayas that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.

Some people, however, believe that the original cross has been destroyed or disappeared after Magellan’s death and the cross is a replica that was planted there by the Spaniards after they successfully Christianized the Philippines.

– From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



After Magellan’s cross we went to Plaza Indepencencia, which is just steps away from Magellan’s cross.


Plaza Independencia – is strategically located between Fort San Pedro and the building that used to be the Gobierno Provincial in the downtown area of Cebu. The plaza is a popular hangout for many living or working around the area. It is one huge garden filled with trees, ornamental plants and flowers. There is also a public skating rink and a kiosk at the center of the circular skating rink. An obelisk dedicated to the memory of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Spanish governor-general of the Philippines, is planted at the very heart of the plaza.

Source: http://www.everythingcebu.com/attractions/places/plaza-independencia/


Our last destination before we head to the Port (Pier 1) is Fort San Pedro, which is just at the end of Plaza Independencia.


Fort San Pedro – Fuerte de San Pedro is a military defense structure in Cebu (Philippines), built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor of the Captaincy General of the Philippines. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the pier area of the city. The original fort was made of wood and built after the arrival of Legazpi and his expedition. In the early 17th century a stone fort was built to repel Muslim raiders. Today’s structure dates from 1738 and is the oldest triangular bastion fort in the country. It served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. During the Philippine Revolution at the end of the 19th century, it was attacked and taken by Filipino revolutionaries, who used it as a stronghold.

Source : From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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