I then informed Aki, a forumer friend in Cebu, about the plan and so generous of him, he offered to tour me around
It was Sinulog season so as expected a lot of things have happened since my first day. And if I have to narrate it all, I may appear so boring like doing a storytelling to kids. All I can is that it was a burst of fun! So to cut it short, I just list down the places I’ve gone to…
The first destination was the cluster of century-old structures that are located in the same area near the pier.
This is where we agreed to rendezvous with Aki. This 16th century church was jam-packed with devotees but I have managed to take photos inside and outside the basilica. I was neither amazed with the antiques nor with the golden-cloaked figure of Santo Nino but rather with the devotees waving their hands to Him. Such a modest gesture of devotion.
This small octagonal chapel just outside the south exit of the basilica housed the Tindalo cross that according to historians encases the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan on that very site on April 21, 1521. The chapel’s ceiling was painted with a depiction of Magellan's arrival in the island.
Just a few distances away from the Santo Nino Basilica and Magellan’s Cross lays this Fortress built on 1565 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. According to Aki, if this served as a bastion against the attacking Morons before, now it serves as a place for filthy exhibitionists at night. So I presume
Because they are interconnected, we toured these three historical landmarks on foot. All of them I noticed were built out of bricks with attributes like that of a coral stone and adobe. Indeed, they symbolize
Starving and sweating, we proceeded to the nearby SM Mall Cebu to refresh and have our lunch. SM Cebu is just one jeepney ride from Fort San Pedro. There we met Aki’s board mate Dennis who also went with us to our next destination.
Located in the wealthy residential suburb of
Just below the Tops Skyline lays the lofty
Destination the next day…
There are two main attractions in the park, the land marker marking the spot where the fight between Lapu-lapu and Magellan took place and the gigantic statue of brave Lapu-Lapu facing the sea. I was fascinated. I can’t believe I was standing on the very place where the brave Lapu-Lapu ended the life of conqueror Magellan. It was not an imagination anymore of the depictions only printed in books. I was on the actual spot. After spending a moment celebrating the serenity of the park, we had our lunch in the STK restaurants within the nearby souvenir shop stalls.
A Hispanic hat inspired modern church fronting the affluent barangay hall. With its distinct design from a usual church, you will mistake it as a hotel.
Also known as Mactan Bridge 2, it was the world’s longest center span extradosed cable-stayed bridge. Did I stammer? This bridge, which was opened on 1999, connects the cities of Mandaue in
A trivia given by our historian Aki,
Just as the dusk broke down, we went back to
Mango Square along
And the next thing that happened the following days was literally A Walk To Remember.
My last night in