You might think that this is my first time in Cebu, sorry to tell you… NO!It is not my first time. I have been to Cebu many times, but this was the first time that I had chance to explore and wander around the city.
Located in the Central Visayas region, Cebu City has made its mark in the tourists because of its famous “Butanding experience”. Beaches in Cebu are one of the go to during summer because the island is blessed with an abundant supply of beaches perfect for every get away.
However, the beach are not just want makes CEBU a top of the list destination. Cebu also plays some important role in our history and I managed to visit some of its places despite my short visit. Lets leave the beach a bit and take a walk in the city.
Fort San Pedro in Cebu City was built during the Spanish occupation to fend off local attackers. It later served as a bastion of resistance of Filipino revolutionaries in Cebu, barracks for American forces, a school, a refugee camp during World War II, and an army camp after the war. (source: Rappler)
We didn’t managed to get inside because there was a wedding. We would not want to be the “wedding crashers though 😀 )
The fort was restored in the years that followed. It is located beside the Plaza Independencia park.
Few meters away was the Sto Nino church where people can freely light up candles and whisper their wishes even without a penny (cause candles are for free 🙂 )
Walk straight and you’ll arrive at the Magellan’s cross! Unfortunately the gate is open only until 6 o’clock in the evening so we did not see it up close. saaad 😦
If you really want to wander around CEBU and get to know it better I suggest that you stay here for a week or two. 🙂 So sad I am always here for work and could not wander around the queen city of the south. I will be back here for sure, not for anything else but to explore CEBU. Looking forward to travel with you! 🙂