- Basilica del Sto. Nino
This is the oldest church in the Philippines built in the 16th century by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Fr. Andres Urdaneta where the image of the Sto. Nino, a sculpture of the Holy Child Jesus, was found in 1565 by the Spanish explorers.
Photo Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Basilica_del_Santo_Nino.jpg
Tidbit: Ferdinand Magellan gave the statue of the Sto. Nino to Queen Juana in 1521 as a symbol of their alliance. However, the natives gradually became hostile as a consequence of the wrongful actions of the some of the Spanish invaders. Due to this hostility, when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and his army arrived 40 yrs. later, they beseiged and set the village on fire. Interestingly enough, a soldier named Juan Camos found the image of the Sto. Nino unscathed in one of the burnt homes. Since then, the local people have venerated it as the patron saint of Cebu, celebrated during the Sinulog Festival every January.
Devotion of the people to Sto. Nino (Batobalani sa Gugma)
Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Batobalani_sa_Gugma.jpg
- Casa Gorordo Museum
The first Filipino bishop of Cebu, Juan Gorordo, once lived in this Spanish colonial house built in the 1860′s. Now, it is open to the public as a musuem housing antique furniture, museum relics and notable paintings during that period.
Photo source: http://www.fabulousphilippines.com/casa-gorordo-cebu.html
- Taoist Temple
This temple stands 300 meters above sea level with an entrance that is a replica of the Great Wall of China and 81 steps representing the 81 chapters of the scriptures of Taoism, where one can light joss sticks upon reaching the top and have their fortune read.
Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dragonstatue.jpg
About 2,000 feet above sea leavel offering a stunning & magnificient view of Metro Cebu and Mactan Island… best to go at night to view the island with all the lights on
Photo source: http://www.livecebu.com/artwork/topsnightb.jpg
- Sky Experience Adventure at Crowne Regency Hotel
Located at the tallest hotel tower in the Philippines, experience the world’s first edge coaster that tilts at 55 degrees from the 37th floor, the country’s first and only Sky Walk Extreme at 126.55 meters high, a 4D theater or simply feast on Asian & International buffet at Sparkz Restobar
- Kawasan Falls
A series of three waterfalls with a tarzan swing in the southern part of Cebu where one can enjoy swimming in the cool and deep freshwater and the peaceful lush tropical scenery
- Lapu-Lapu Monument
A 20-meter bronze statue in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a Muslim king who defeated the Spanish soldiers and killed Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 during the battle of Mactan
Photo source: http://tigerboy10.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/04_lapu-lapu-monument2.jpg
- Plantation Bay
This beautiful 5-star colonial plantation charm is the only resort in the Philippines to make the Top 25 Resorts in Asia in the Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Awards
Photo source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plantation-Bay-Resort-Spa/
- Fort San Pedro
This is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines built by the Spanish to repel seiges by the natives and Muslim pirates, which later on also became a prison for Cebuano rebels. It is now a museum-park that displays ancient artifacts, paintings, cannons, sword fragments and Ming porcelain pieces.
Photo source: http://philippines-archipelago.com/author/visited/cebu/fort_san_pedro_1.jpg
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