Cebu is known for its stunning islands, white sand beaches, luxury resorts, diving sites, and historical places. But before or after heading to the different tourist attractions in the province, there’s a high chance that you’ll stay for a while in Cebu City’s metropolis. Thanks to cheap travel packages to Cebu offered by some tour operators, traveling here is now hassle-free. To make the most of your time, check out the following places to visit in the Queen City of the South.
The cross symbolizes the birth of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines. It was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers led by Ferdinand Magellan while looking for the Spice Islands on 1521. It is located next to Sto. Niño Church and was placed inside a chapel.
Basilica del Santo Niño
It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines also known as the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, or more commonly known as Santo Niño Church by the locals. This is also the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú was found during the expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565. It was recognized as the “Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines” by the Holy See.
Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro is a military defense structure in Cebu (Philippines), built by the Spaniards under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi. Today, it is located in Plaza Indepedencia in Cebu’s pier area. You can tour inside the fort and travel back in time to the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. The entrance fee costs for only 30 pesos.
The Heritage of Cebu Monument
Located in the Colon Street, Cebu City, this landmark is a display of monumental sculptures exhibiting the most important events in the history of Cebu from the time of Rajah Humabon to the recent beatification of Pedro Calungsod. This piece of art is a work of national artist Edgardo Castrillo that was started in July 1997 and inaugurated on December 8, 2000.
If you don’t want to stop exploring Cebu, Colon Street should be on your list. Aside from being important to shopaholics, it is very historical in some ways. It is the oldest street in the Philippines. It was named after Cristobal Colon, popularly known as Christopher Columbus. The street was built during the Spanish Colonization in 1565. Today, you can still find many establishments such as universities and malls for you shopping needs.
Although it’s not a part of the Cebu City’s main island, don’t miss the opportunity to see the 20-meter tall monument of Rajah Lapu-Lapu. He is simply one of the symbol of Cebu and known as the first Filipino hero responsible for defeating the Spaniards and killing Spanish Conquistador Ferdinand Magellan during the battle of Mactan in April 27, 1521. Mactan Shrine is currently located in Punta Engano Section of Lapu Lapu City in Mactan Island.