Cebu City is the capital of the province of Cebu and is popularly known as the “Queen City of the South”. Although Cebu is one of the most progressive city in the Philippines, the city still maintains its old world charm. This Independence Day, let us revisit the past with a Cebu Heritage Walk through some of Cebu’s historical landmarks:
Heritage of Cebu Monument (photo courtesy of Harolds Hotel Cebu)
HERITAGE OF CEBU MONUMENT
Located at the original Plaza Parian, the Heritage of Cebu Monument showcases the significant and symbolic events in the history of Cebu from the time of Rajah Humabon. The monumental sculptural tableau is the work of national artist Edgar Castillo. Construction began on July 1997 and inaugurated in December 2000.
Colon is the oldest street in the Philippines. Built by the Spaniards in the 16th century. It is named oddly after the explorer Christopher Columbus whose name is Cristobal Colon in Spanish. Columbus had never set foot on the Islands.
FORT SAN PEDRO
Fuerza de San Pedro is one of the country’s oldest military defense structures. It was built by Spanish and indigenous Cebuano laborers under the command of Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the Spanish Government in Cebu. It is located in the area now called Plaza Independencia at the Pier Area the city.
A Christian cross plated by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu on April 1521, the cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. The relic is encased in side the wooden cross to protect it from vandalism of theft from people who chip away parts of it for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.
BASILICA MINORE DEL SANTO NIÑO
the Minor Basilica of the Santo Niño is a 16th century church in Cebu City. It was built purportedly on the spot where the sculpture of Santo Niño was found by Spanish explorers in 1565, still preserved after a fire destroyed the local town.
Declared a National Historical Landmark, the Cebu Provincial Capitol is known as one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the Philippines. Built in 1937, it has been the seat of government of the province of Cebu.
CASA GORORDO MUSEUM
Located at downtown Cebu, Casa Gorordo was the 19th century residence of first Cebuano Bishop Juan Garces Gorordo. This Cebuano lifestyle museum was recognized as a national historical landmark by the National Historical Institute in 1991. The museum takes you to a journey of the Filipino lifestyle from 1860 to 1920. It houses notable paintings, museum relics, and antique household items.
Harolds Hotel Cebu Philippine Independece Day 2014 Promo
After visiting some of Cebu’s Heritage sites, celebrate Independece Day at Harolds Hotel. H-Cafe is offering All Filipino Buffet & Grill for only Php388 Net per person.
HAROLDS HOTEL offers a vantage point to guests with business or leisure reasons in the city. Situated in the uptown area of Cebu City, about 30 minutes away from Mactan International Airport, Harolds Hotel is only ten minutes away from financial districts, government offices, universities and colleges, and major shopping centers.
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