I left the Pension Plaza in Bacolod two hours before my flight to Cebu. I booked a package tour with a travel agency; that included Twin City Tour in Cebu and a day in Bohol countryside. Transportation and hotel accommodation were also in the package, including breakfast and airport transportation.
Together with the assigned tour guide, we drove to the Sto. Niño Basilica Church at 10 quarter in the morning. This is where the Sto. Nino, a gift given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon was housed. It was encased in a bulletproof glass to protect the Sto. Nino from being stolen.
Next was the Magellan’s Cross – the cross Magellan has brought with him when he arrived in Cebu in 1521. It was housed in a chapel outside the Sto. Nino Basilica. This cross symbolizes an important event in the Philippine history.
Another stop was in the historical site called Fort San Pedro. The fort was built to protect against Muslim raids in early 1700s, and served as a stronghold for Filipino revolutionaries at the end of the 19th century. It has no admission fee so people can come and go whenever they want.
You will also enjoy the visit to the Museo Sugbo (Sugbu is the native name of Cebu). Its provincial museum was housed at the former main prison of the province of Cebu. When you go inside the museum, it’s like walking through the history. It shows what Filipinos have been through over the years – from pre-Magellan era to modern history.
Photo by Dan Brian G. Gerona
It was my first visit to a temple, so the beauty of the Philippine Taoist Temple captivated me. The temple is located on a top hill in a wealthy suburb of Beverly Hills. It has a scenic view of the downtown of Cebu. Cebu’s Chinese community built the temple, and it is open to worshippers and non-worshippers. The entrance of the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China.
A shrine was also built in Cebu in honor of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, and the battle of Mactan called Mactan Shrine. Lapu-Lapu was a native chieftain of Mactan, who was opposed to Magellan’s goal of Spanish occupation, and conversion of Filipinos’ Christianity.
The first thing you’ll see from the entrance is the Magellan Monument, which was built in 1866. The monument was made in the area believed to be where Magellan died during the battle.