Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cebu 2014: Part 1

We booked our flight and hotel in Cebu on a whim, just a couple of hours before our flight so our itinerary is all over the place with no prior planning whatsoever. 

We arrived at Cebu at dusk so our Day 1 consisted of eating lechon and stuffed squid at Zubuchon and just settling down in our hotel. We stayed at the Marriott hotel in Cebu City which was convenient since it was right beside Ayala Center Cebu.

For Day 2, we rented out a cab to drive us to all the places we wanted to go to around the city for a fixed price. We first went to a huge Heritage of Cebu monument with detailed statues representing different parts of the province's history.

A short walk from the monument is the Museo Parian which is actually also a hardware warehouse. Who would've thought there was a museum in there?
The owner of the warehouse did not know the history of the structure he bought until he went to Ateneo De Manila (for graduate studies I'm assuming). The house was actually built by the Chinese specially for the Jesuits back in 1739 so this house may also be one of the oldest dated houses in the Philippines. This was one of the favorite destinations in Cebu because of its unexpected location, rich history and friendly people. 

Entrance fee is 50 pesos to help in the preservation and maintenance of the museum.
Again a few steps from the monument and museum is the Yap-San Diego house which was built in 1675. The house was well preserved with very skilled tourist guides who know how to take good photos of the tourists. I applaud them for being good at taking photos! Haha

Like the Museo Parian, entrance fee is 50 pesos for the maintenance of the ancestral house.
 We visited during the Independence day long weekend so there were really a lot of Philippine flags around Cebu and basically the entire country.
Next stop was Fort San Pedro, built in 1565 under the order of Miguel Lopez De Legazpi. The fort was named after De Legazpi's ship San Pedro that carried them over to the Philippines. 
 I threw coins into the wishing well. Thank you to Mary because one of my prayers/wishes have been answered!
 The first and original Spanish flag brought to the Philippines.
Our first "bayani" or hero in english. Lapu Lapu killed Magellan and is a Datu at the time the Spanish arrived. His lines tattooed on his body represent power while the triangles represent the number of people he's killed.

 For lunch we ate at Lantau, a seafood restaurant. The food was okay and the price was affordable. All the food photos were taken using my phone and I haven't imported those so sorry! Have this cute little girl instead. Hihi
After eating we went to the Chapel of St. Pedro Calungsod and I wished again and prayed hard. (Graduating engineering student issues *sobs*) Afterwards we went to the famous Magellan's cross, the symbolism of the start of Filipino Christianity.  
 Our last stop was the Taosist temple sitting on top of a mountain. It looked bigger in photos. Nothing much to see, just the view from above.

That's it for part 1 of our impromptu trip to Cebu! I hope you like my photos even though I kind of half-assed some of them because the camera's heavy and it's so hot and humid. I had so much fun though so no regrets! :)
Share the link if you enjoyed it ;)

No comments:

Post a Comment