Monday, October 10, 2011

Cebu Heritage Walk ( Part 2)

After a sumptuous breakfast at Chowking, me and hubby continued our Heritage Walk and this time, we went to look for the not too famous monument of Rajah Humabon. Why did I say not too famous? Because while we're looking for it, we happened to asked a local if where can we find this monument, he told me that he's a police officer in Cebu but he did not know where it is located. From our place I saw a small park with a monument and told him if that's the monument of Rajah Humabon, he is very unsure with his answer that's why we just went to the area and thank him anyway.

Whoa! I'm right! Just a few meters away is the monument of Rajah Humabon. How come some locals in Cebu doesn't know about him?

Rajah Humabon

The first Filipino Chieftain to embrace Christianity. He is said to be the wisest and bravest man in the Island when Magellan landed in Cebu on April 7, 1521. He became friends with Magellan and was captivated with his noble teaching that's why he and his wife were converted to Christianity.

Next is the Colon Street (also in Parian) said to be the oldest street in the country. It was built by the Spaniards who arrived at Cebu in 1565.

This street is said to be named after Cristobal Colon,
also known as Christopher Columbus.

Below is the Cebu Heritage Monument.

Located also in Plaza Parian, this monument showcases a lot of historical and significant events that take place in Cebu. From the time of Rajah Humabon up to the Beatification of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, a Cebuano martyr. The monument is a work of national artist Edgardo Castrillo and was inaugurated in December 8, 2000. I was in awe when I saw this because it is really a masterpiece!

Next stop is the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. One of the oldest houses in the Philippines. Said to be built in the 17th century by Chinese merchants residing in Parian. We were not able to see the interior of the house because we came at around 8:00 am and the house which was converted into a museum opens at 9:00 am.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

This doesn't end our Cebu Heritage Walk ... up next is Fort San Pedro :)