Cebu City with Merevin

Published: 09/3/13 3:51 AM in Asia, Travel.
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While staying in Cebu, we took sometime to see the sights around the city. Besides the obligatory visits to all the malls in the area, it was great to see some of the more famous hotspots. Including the Lapu Lapu Shrine, a beautiful view of the city, Alegre Guitars, The Taoist Temple, Magellan’s cross, the Basilica del Santo Niño, and Fort San Pedro.

The Lapu Lapu Shrine is a statue erected in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a native leader who defeated many Spanish soldiers. It is located where the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the midst of the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

Magellan’s cross was very interesting because it is the location that a Christian cross was planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines. The actual original cross is encased in a wooden case that preserves it.

Right next to Magellan’s cross is the Basilica del Santo Niño. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country and was built where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú, a statue depicting the Holy Child Jesus was found. Even with its many visitors every day, the church still holds regular masses in both English and Cebuano.

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