After Bohol, we had a side trip to Cebu City. As soon as we got off in Virgin Island, even if we’re all tired, we rushed for four-thirty pm for Super Cat Cruise going to Cebu City at Port Tagbilaran City.
At dark, we arrived in Cebu Port. From there, we made a little walk to our nest in ATF (Army Housing Office- Cebu branch).
Early in the morning, we took a jeep going to Taboan Market to buy some fried fish for pasalubong.
Inside the jeep, we all laughed out loud because of what we had read. :=)
After ransacking the goods, we proceeded to the famous Magellan’s Cross, where the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of Christianity in the name of Spain in April 21, 1521.
This spot where the first Christian Filipinos, Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana and about 400 followers, were baptized by Fr. Pedro Valderema. In 1525 to 1740, the Agustinian priests built an open shrine for the cross but the natives began to take chips from the cross believing it had miraculous power so a kiosk-like structure was built to protect the cross from total destruction. To protect it further, a hallow cross of tinadalo wood was made to encase the original cross which still stands today.
We strolled down the plaza which Fort San Pedro situated. The Fort was the smallest, oldest tri-bastion fort in the country. This served as the nucleus of the Spanish settlement in the Philippines . At present, it is under the care and administration of the Philippine Tourism Authority and now houses the National Museum that showcases the San Diego shipwreck & Fort San Pedro diggings.
After some photos, we took a cab going to Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, where the battle between Mactan Island Chieftain Lapu-lapu and the foreign aggressor Ferdinand Magellan occured in April 27, 1521 . It depicts the hero holding a bolo in one hand and a pestle on the other. Said weapons were believed to have been used during his combat with Magellan. This monument stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery.
While waiting for our food there was a guy serenading us again with his Harp. And I really wonder why most of them positioned in my wife side hehehe, are they think she has a lot of money? hmmmmm… whatever.
Next was in Taoist temple located in the wealthy residential community of Beverly Hills about 6 km north of downtown Cebu. This temple is said to be preserving the teachings of Lao-Tse, the 600 B.C. Chinese philosopher.
Attractions here consist of a huge colorful dragon, a replica of the Great Wall of China, spacious balconies offering scenic views, souvenir shops, mini library with instructional materials, and dozens of escalating steps.
and there was also a small fish pond there.