Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cebu Heritage Walk (Part 1)

I still remember until now the feeling that I've felt when I first saw the Magellan's Cross. I was ecstatic to see it in person! I only see it in history books and now I've come to see this famous tourist spot of Cebu. It is actually one of Cebu's famous landmarks just in front of Cebu City Hall and I've noticed that it is included in the city hall's logo.

My hubby having a souvenir photo :)

It is said that the original cross was encased in this Tindalo wood to protect it from being damaged and for people who chipped parts of it for some believed that it can cure some illness and others for souvenir purpose only :(

In front of it is the Cebu City Hall

We also got the chance to see Cebu's La Fortuna Bakery
also along Magallanes Street

Our next stop is the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño

It is the most popular church in Cebu and tourists flock the Basilica every January and I remember a friend of mine who is a devotee of the Sto. Nino goes there with his whole family every year to celebrate.

The original church is said to be built on 16th century at the actual spot where the image of the Sto. Nino where found by the Spanish explorer in 1565. But the original church was damaged by the fire and so was the second church that built in the same place. The present basilica was said to be constructed in 1740. I hope that there won't be any more fire to damage or ruin this beautiful church.

The image of the Child Jesus - Sto. Niño the patron of Cebu is housed in this side of the chapel so that devotees can have a closer look and say a prayer to the Sto. Niño.

We also visited the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Though not as popular as the Basilica Manore del Sto. Niño, this is the capital church of the Archdiocese of Cebu. I love the facade of the church because of its barouqe architecture.

The altar of the cathedral highlight the image of Jesus on the cross. On the left is the image of San Lorenzo Ruiz the first Filipino saint and right is the image of Blessed Pedro Calungsod a Visayan martyr.

After visiting those places, it's time for our breakfast in Cebu. We went to a nearby Chowking restaurant because we were really hungry already.

My hubby holding a copy of Cebu Daily News :)

He had this Emperor's Beef Noodles

I had my fave beef tapa :)

After our breakfast, we went back to our hotel (Sampaguita Suites) which is just a walking distance from those places above. The room is cheap and the service is good.

Sampaguita Suites - Plaza Garcia Branch