Travel back into Philippine history through Cebu.
Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines. Many historical establishments are built in this city during the Spanish colonization. Here are some of Cebu's finest historical landmark, ancestral infrastructures and museum built during the Spanish colonization.
|Next stop: Museo Sugbo|
|Museo Sugbo courtyard|
|One of the interiors of Museo Sugbo|
Museo Sugbo is one of the historical landmarks we've dropped by in Cebu. It is a former Detention and Rehabilitation Center. It was designed by Architect Domingo de Escondrillas in 1869. Its walls are made of coral blocks which has made the structure survive through the years. This former prison is now a provincial museum. It currently houses a lot of artifacts during the Pre-colonial era, Spanish colonial era, American colonial era, Katipunan Revolution, War memorial, and as well as National museums. It also has a gallery of porcelain religious figures which were hand-crafted by renowned artists. I took pictures of these artifacts without a flash since it might damage the sensitive piece by radiation. Cebu is filled with a historical past which Museo Sugbo displays for tourists to be informed. A way for Filipinos to never forget our heroes and heroines that lead us to freedom.
Cebu Heritage Monument
We dropped by at the Cebu Heritage Monument (also known as Parian Monument) where intricate carvings of the scenes of the time before it was colonized by the Spaniards and Cebu's history were displayed. It was created by Edgardo Castrillo who is a National Artist. It is located at the end of Colon street (the oldest street in the Philippines).
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
This ancestral house was one of the most memorable structure we've witnessed. I imagined what Filipino lifestyle was like a hundred years ago. Interiors are filled with antique decorations. A total of 8 generations inhabited this home and the current family members maintain and occupy it once a week. Built in the 17th century by chinese merchants and is owned by Maria, Eleuterio and Consolacion Yap. It was said that the eldest daughter Maria Yap, married a Cabeza de Barangay (head of the barangay) named Don Mariano San Diego. It is currently a museum where artifacts are preserved and one of the best spots in Cebu.
I have known Ferdinand Magellan since my grade school years and as far as I could remember, he's important in the history. When I came to see Magellan's cross I realized he not only organized an expedition (first circumnavigation in the earth- sailed from Atlantic Ocean into Pacific Ocean he named "peaceful sea") but also brought Christianity and the symbol of Santo Nino in the Philippines. Although he was killed in one of the battles here in Mactan (by Lapu-lapu), the Magellan's cross and Magellan's shrine were erected in honor of him.
Plaza Independencia is a public hangout area for both tourists and residents. It is located adjacent to Fort San Pedro and is surrounded with ornamental plants and other vegetation. A public skating rink is also provided and an obelisk dedicated to Miguel Lopez de Legazpi is built in the focal area of the plaza.
Fort San Pedro
Just a few steps away within Plaza Independencia we stopped by at an amazing block of rocks which looked historical. Little did we knew it was not just a pile of stones but it was an ancestral fort called Fuerza de San Pedro (aka Fort San Pedro). We weren't able to enter the Fort (currently a museum) due to our lack of time. However, having this historical military defense structure visible in our eyes satisfied our curiosity.
|Fuerza de San Pedro's Entrance|
|Fort San Pedro built in 1738|
|A glimpse at Fuerza de San Pedro's past|
|The fort's Cannon|