Cebu Philippines, also known as the “Queen City of the South” in the Philippines is a beautiful place, humble, peaceful, and should i say a place that truely lives up to its expectations good for . Cebu is a small island with various beautiful spots and historical places. like for example, the Magellan’s Cross. The Philippines before is a colony of Spain. It is named Philippines in honor of King Philip who ruled Spain with the colonizers entered the Philippines Shores. It was an accidental discovery by the Spaniards. They were actually looking for the Moroco Islands in order to have spices. During that time, trade of spices was a goldmine. But enough history. All throughout the country, establishments are visible that were spanish era built. Amazingly they still stood today but of course with the help of the local government to take care of this historic monuments. Like here in Cebu Philippines, the church in Boljoon is over 400 years old. Wow! You don’t believe me? Visit the Cebu Philippines to see. Until now the church is still used for religious purposes. As all of you know, Filipinos are deeply devoted to God. In whatever place you are here in the Philippines, I am proud to say that Filipino’s are very devoted to God.
Cebu Cheap Hotels and Tourist Spots
Another place to look forward to in Cebu Philippines are the beaches. Oh my God! White sand beaches in almost anywhere. Weather you go to the northern district in Cebu or to the South part, beaches in here are world class. This is because the support of the Philippine Tourism and local government cebu. are really showing their strengths to make Cebu a competitive tourism destination not only in asia but also to the world. Filipino hospitality are world class. They also great and smile and do anything to make the tourist feel accommodated and relaxed all throughout their stay. I must say that this is also one of the edges in Philippine tourism. If you are here in Cebu, take time to visit this natural wonders. I can guarantee that the money that you are spending will not be wasted. Accommodation’s here in Cebu is not that hard you can find cheap hotels and resorts. World class hotels are here to accommodate tourists from all over the world. Hotels like Marco-Polo,Cebu Crown Regency plaza, Bayfront Hotel Water front hotels and many more are doing business here in Cebu. Check our complete list of Cebu Cheap Hotels .
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1. Fort San Pedro National Coliseum
The smallest, oldest triangular bastion fort in the country was build in 1738 to repel Muslim raiders. In turns, it served as a stronghold for Filipino revolutionaries. This served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. It has a total inside area of 2,2025 sq. Meters. The walls are 20 feet high, 8 feet thick and the towers are 30 feet high from the ground level. Work first started on May 8, 1565 with MIGUEL LOPEZ DE LEGASPI breaking the ground. After the battle of Manila Bay, Commodore George Dewey turned the fort to the local Cebuanos; then it became an American Warwick Barracks during the American Regime which was later converted into classrooms where the Cebuanos received formal education.
During World War II, from 1941 to 1945, it served as fortification for Japanese soldiers, when the battle for liberation was fought, the fort served as an army camp. After 1950, Cebu Garden Club took over and fixed the inner court into a miniature garden. For a couple of years it also housed the Cebu City Zoo. In 1978 to August 15, 1993, it housed the offices of the Department of Tourism and Philippine Tourism Authority. At present, it is under the care and administration of the National Museum, a historical park.
The Cebu Capitol, built in 1937 during the incumbency of Gov. Sotero Cabahug, is the terminus of Jones Ave. Strategically located at the foot of a hill, the graceful capitol commands a dramatic setting. Classic elements contribute to the sedate beauty of the structure. Its concave facade links two wings of the capitol forming a u-shaped plan. The facade leads to a tall foyer capped by a dome. Inside the dome is painted the history of Cebu. The foyer leads to the wings on either side. The Cebu Capitol is easily one of the more beautiful civic buildings built during the American colonial period.
Source: Cebu Capitol
3. Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia is strategically located between Fort San Pedro and the building that used to be the Gobierno Provincial in the downtown area of Cebu. The plaza is a popular hangout for many living or working around the area. It is one huge garden filled with trees, ornamental plants and flowers. There is also a public skating rink and a kiosk at the center of the circular skating rink. An obelisk dedicated to the memory of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi ,the first Spanish governor-general of the Philippines, is planted at the very heart of the plaza.
Plaza Independencia is the most historically significant plaza in Cebu. Its land and age-old acacia trees are witness to the many phases and stories of Cebu’s rich history.
In the early 1600s, it was called Plaza de Armas. When it was widened later on and expanded to reach nearby properties of the Cathedral of Cebu, it was called Plaza Mayor. Later in the Spanish rule, it was further landscaped and developed and was christened Plaza Maria Cristina, in honor of the queen regent. During the American colonial period, its name was changed to Plaza Libertad, as the Americans asserted how they liberated Cebuanos from the Spanish rule. Later on it finally became known as Plaza Independencia.
In a road tunnel construction project in 2006 that touched a part of the plaza and nearby areas, pre-Hispanic human bones and some earthenware were uncovered. In 2008, some artifacts were unearthed which included gold death masks, a pair of gold earrings, a Thai bluish-green “guan” celadon, jars and other earthenware. Plaza Independencia and some strategic parts of the downtown area of Cebu is a rich archaeological field due to its history as a prehispanic settlement and trading port. Indeed, there are many secrets and stories from Plaza Independencia. Source: Everything Cebu- Plaza Independencia
4. Heritage of Cebu Monument
Commissioned by the Archdiocese of Cebu, the Heritage of Cebu monument is a tableau built by renowned artist Eduardo Castrillo featuring some of Cebu’s important heritage sites and events. The monument, which was then turned over to the city government, was in turn recently turned over to the officials of Barangay Parian. It was reported that P3-million would be needed to clean it up and restore it.
The monument is located at the Parian district specifically at the former plaza across the Parian Fire Station. This fire station, built in the 1950s, stands at the very site where the St. John the Baptist church, which was demolished during the Spanish colonial period, once stood.
Within the vicinity of the monument is the Yap-Sandiego House and the Jesuit House of 1730. A few walks away from it too is the Casa Gorordo. Source: Heritage of Cebu Monument
5. Colon Street
Known as the oldest street in the Philippines, Colon Street was built by the Spaniards during the time of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Named after Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus), it is the heart of downtown Cebu, a glittering area by night lined with movie houses, restaurants, department stores, and other business establishments.
Developed by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the place became the center for commercial activities in downtown Cebu. Through the years, Colon remained the lifeline of trade and commerce in colonial Cebu. It was in Colon where the first business establishments and offices where built and flourished in Cebu. It was also the place where most happenings took place such as social and cultural events. The street similarly has become a witness to the rise and fall of Cebu’s economic and political competence over the years.
Labeled as the center of commerce and trade, many universities were built near or along Colon Street such as University of Cebu, University of the Visayas, University of San Carlos, and University of San Jose-Recoletos.
Colon Street is now lined with many big commercial establishments. Investors believe that profit is halfway achieved once they invest in Colon. Jeepneys, taxis and buses as well have replaced the calesas (horse-drawn carriage) of long ago as the means of public transportation that move in and out of this street.
In 1990’s, the malling culture of America arrived in Cebu. Malls of various sizes began to sprout almost simultaneously all over the metro, leaving businesses in Colon threatened. Businessmen then observed an evident decrease of customers and shoppers in Colon. A number of business establishments were even closed then. Shoppers preferred an air-conditioned and more relaxing ambiance of a mall. However, in recent years, a surge of shoppers has been noticed. The main draw obviously is the cheap merchandise and reasonable price of goods from the many bargain stores. People from different walks of life visit this place in search of low-priced and economical goods. Business owners coming from nearby provinces of Cebu consider Colon as an ‘easy on the pocket’ spot for shopping.
Colon never lost its position as the bargain hunters’ paradise. Most old stores and even the newer shops on Colon offer much cheaper prices compared to their counterparts in the malls, making them the primary choice for most shoppers. Colon shops are a one-stop shop where you can buy everything with price tags assuredly lesser than other places in Cebu.An annual tiange (open-air market) has been held since the year 2000.
It is one of the main attractions of this street where shoppers are said to double in number. The activity has been patronized mostly by the common people of Cebu. It’s like revisiting an old street, and re-visioning it. It takes people back on a journey to that time when it was the main commercial street in all its grandeur, a locality of its own, and yes, with an overwhelming character.
When Christmas draws near, Colon is the perfect location to visit. Shoppers congest Colon Street as they search for good value for their money. It’s a one-stop shopping street where you can buy everything you want and need. It’s a place where leisure and commodities are combined. Fashion jewelry, Ready-to-Wear, shoes, bags, among others. After a tiresome day of shopping, Colon treats you with the movie houses located along the street. Fast Food and commonplace restaurants are also there catering to your appetite. Pamper yourself with the luxury of shopping in temperature-controlled department stores. Indulge your worn-out legs with convenient taxis and colorful Jeepneys dashing all over the street willing to serve you with the best service they could give. Colon guarantees quality service to all customers, the only place where shopping is made even more exciting and pleasurable.
So if you think paying less and buying more is impossible, think again, as business owners in Colon make that happen. Experience the magnetism of Colon Street! Source: Colon Street
6. University of San Carlos
The University of San Carlos traces its humble beginnings to Colegio de San Ildefonso, a school founded by Jesuit missionaries Antonio Sedeño, Pedro Chirino and Antonio Pereira on August 1, 1595.
The school closed down in 1769 when the Jesuits were expelled from the Philippines but reopened in 1783, through the initiative of Bishop Mateo Joaquin de Arevalo, as the Seminario-Colegio de San Carlos de Cebu.
The management of the school was handed down to the Dominicans in 1852 and then to the Vincentians in 1867 until the SVD Fathers (Societas Verbi Divini or Society of the Divine Word) finally took over in 1935. Classes were interrupted during World War II but subsequently resumed in 1945. In 1948, it was granted university status.
Through the year the university has produced a number of notable graduates like Sergio Osmeña Sr., the second president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, John L. Gokongwei Jr., an industrialist and tycoon who belongs to one of Asia’s richest, and Christopher Go, a Filipino astronomer who discovered a new red spot on Jupiter.
7. Lapu-lapu Monument
Located inside an enclosed park at Punta Engaño on the northern side of Mactan are two monuments one a hundred years older than the other commemorating the events of 1521. When Spanish soldiers led by Magellan were quelled by islanders led by Lapu-lapu. The monuments are along the road that leads to Shangri-la Mactan.Heritage site: Ironically, a monument to the vanquished Magellan was built about a century ahead of one dedicated to the conqueror, Lapu-lapu. Erected in the 1866 at Punta Engaño to honor Magellan at the spot where he is said to have died, the monument was part of a project in the 19th century to restore the glory of Cebu. When Legazpi moved the capital to Manila, and with it followed the lucrative international trade through the galleons, Cebu, the Philippines’ first capital, languished. It was in economic doldrums until the 19th century when Spain turned to the development of the islands as the galleon trade came to a close in 1815. Spanish and Chinese mestizos were the most active in the local economy, owning large tracts of land and trading vessels, operating a network of agents in the Visayas and Mindanao, and offering loans and insurance. Cash crops were farmed on a large scale and Cebu became an important regional port. When in 1860, international ports were opened all over the Philippines, including Cebu, the economic stranglehold of Manila ended. The relative prosperity brought by new economic opportunities spurred Cebu’s elite to celebrate the Hispanic character of Cebu. Around this time the octagonal kiosk that houses Magellan’s cross near the Santo Niño Basilica in Cebu was also built.
The Magellan monument consists of a plain obelisk on whose apex rests a sphere. The obelisk is mounted on a tall plinth and the plinth rests on a tripartite structure: an octagonal base on which rests a tall quadrilateral structure, divided into two parts. The lower part is decorated with high relieves of vases, and the upper part is pierced by narrow arches. On the monuments are inscribed texts honoring Magellan. A low fence surrounds the monument.
A heroic sculpture of the chief of Mactan who defeated Magellan, Lapu-lapu stands near the Magellan monument. Lapu-lapu, sculpted with great realism, stands tall, with a shield held by his left and while a curved kampilan sword, drawn is held by his right. The sculpture celebrates the readiness of the brave warrior to confront aggressors. Source: Lapu Lapu Monument
Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on April 21, 1521.
This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the Spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city hall of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers. Some people, however, believe that the original cross had been destroyed or had disappeared after Magellan’s death, and the cross is a replica that was planted there by the Spaniards after they successfully colonized the Philippines.
Magellan’s Cross is a symbol of Cebu, and the chapel’s image can be found in its city seal. It is also seen as the symbol of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines. Source:Magellan’s Cross- Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
9. Magellan Marker
About 20 kms. From Cebu City. Encouraged by the success of Christianizing the people of Cebu, Magellan crossed the channel to Mactan Island in an effort to spread the faith. Before he reached the shores, he was killed by the chieftain of the island, Lapulapu and his men during the battle for supremacy and freedom on April 27, 1521. Efforts to retrieve the body of Magellan were futile inspite of the offer to trade jewelries and spices for the dead body. This marker was erected in 1866 to mark the spot where the great explorer died.
One of the oldest monuments in the province, the Magellan monument in Barangay Mactan (Lapu-Lapu City) traces its origin to December 4, 1840, when Spanish Governor-General Francisco Alcala approved the plan to construct a monument in Punta Engaño, Mactan, in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese “discoverer” of the Philippines.
The actual circumstances of its construction, however, are not quite clear. It appears that as of 1858, a Magellan monument had already been erected but this may not be the same monument that exists today. Karl von Scherzer, who visited the Philippines in 1858 as a member of an Austrian naval expedition, wrote that on Mactan island “there was also erected on the promontory of Sugaño (Punta Engaño) a monument to the memory of Magelhaens (Magellan), and the happy idea was entertained of making it also a lighthouse to warn ships of the danger in approaching the immense number of reefs that are found here. “Though it is not clear whether Scherzer himself saw the monument, it can be assumed that the original monument was a monument-cum-lighthouse in a promontory of Punta Engaño.
The monument that now exists in Barangay Mactan – a classic obelisk on a multi-level base – is said to have been built in 1866 during the administration of the Augustinian priest Simon Aguirre, who was cura of Opon (now Lapu-Lapu) in 1857-71.
It is an important landmark that, even today, has not been given the full care and respect it deserves. Source: Cebu Tourist Information- Magellan’s Marker
Location: Punta Engaño Lapulapu City
Nightlife in Cebu
Another thing to look forward here in Cebu are the “foods the prices are reasonable . Night time here in Cebu is amazing too. Various bars and clubs are open to accommodate those that wants to maximize Cebu experience. Bars and Clubs in here are world class each having their own style and “gimmiks” to attract peopleyou may visit live super club at time squire, IT park Lahug, MO2, City Time Square, Mango Square and the most famoust LIV Super Club (City Time Square, Mandaue City). The prices are reasonable (cheaper then most a-class nightclubs in cebu) & the party generally starts around 10-11PM. Thursday nights you’ll find the place packed early for their Trivia Nights. Music can vary, but is generally house/electro. There are also monthly events where they bring in a big name dj. Dress code is casual & not enforced as it’s assumed by the crowd, but since most dress to impress.
Truly Cebu is amazing and great place! No exact words can ever define its beauty and the excitement it brings. From day to night to day, happenings experienced here will last a lifetime and a memorable experience in Cebu Philippines.