“Time is precious. Waste it wisely.” – unknown
Just a short flight from Manila via the carrier Cebu Pacific, Jack, my sister Pilar and I reached Cebu. My other sister, Elenn, lives there and I haven’t seen her for quite a while so I was so excited.
Cebu was the first island that was colonised by Spain, led by Magellan, a Portuguese explorer. The province of Cebu belongs to the Visayas region, one of the three main regions of the Philippines which are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is composed of 168 islands and islets. In recent times, it has become popular to locals and tourists alike, because of its magnificent waterfalls and pristine beaches.
Sorry, but I won’t take you there today…I will be talking about some historical landmarks and religious sites.
This is just a few steps away from my sister’s place so this was our first stop. This is a Taoist Temple in the city centre known as the Philippine Chinese Spiritual Temple.
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Second stop was Fort San Pedro which is said to be the oldest and the smallest fort in the Philippines. Below is the seal of the Spanish King at the gate.
The turnet in one of the corners of the Fort San Pedro.
This is the Magellan’s Cross which was planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu.
This is the place where we usually go for mass because it is in the centre of it all. The Basilica del Santo Nino is a basilica in Cebu founded in 1565. This is the normal scene every time there is a mass… people lighting candles so that their prayers will be answered … vendors outside the church selling their wares …
The facade, the sculptures on the roof and the inside of the Cathedral.
The Heritage of Cebu Monument are sculptures made of bronze, concrete, brass and steel showing scenes related to the history of Cebu. This was done by local artist, Eduardo Castrillo.
Just across the Heritage of Cebu Monument is the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. This was where the prominent family of the Yap-Sandiego lived during the Spanish times. Today, it is a museum showcasing religious items, antique furnitures, paintings, glasswares and more which were passed on through three centuries of generations of family.
Lastly, let me show you this dessert known as the halo- halo (direct translation is mix-mix). This is a personal favourite since weather in the Philippines is so hot and humid… one really needs this counter the heat. Mixture of sweet red bean, coconut gel, sweet coconut, jackfruit, banana and topped with a scoop of purple yam Ice cream.
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