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DIY Cebu City Walking Tour

The Queen City of the South is home to many historical and religious sites, most of them are within close immediacy with each other.  So before my friends and I proceeded to Malapascua Island, we made a half-day tour of Cebu City.

You can ditch hiring tour guides or the steep taxi fares and go on a walking tour in downtown Cebu.  All you need to have is a printed google map (or a sharp memory), protection from the sun (i.e. umbrella, sunblock, shades) and water to fight dehydration.  Trust me, you will need those.  I’ve been exhausted by our 3-hour walking tour not because the sites are distant but because of the heat of the sun.

1.  Fort San Pedro.  Our first stop was Fuerza de San Pedro or Fort San Pedro located in Plaza Independencia.  The walls are akin to that of Intramuros.  It served as a military defense structure built under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

  • Entrance fee: 30.00 Php for adults / 20.00 Php for students
  • Operating Hours:  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro
Entrance to the Fortress
Entrance to the Fortress

2.  Islands Souvenirs.  The store selling souvenirs erected an “I Love Cebu” signage that has become an attraction itself.  The store is on a street fronting Magellan’s Cross.

Island Souvenirs
Island Souvenirs

3.  Magellan’s Cross.  More than just Cebu’s most important landmark, Magellan’s cross is a symbol of where it all started.  A catholic cross was upraised under the orders of the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan.  This is where the first Filipino Catholics, including Rajah Humabon and his wife, were baptised.

  • Entrance fee: none
  • Operating Hours:  8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Magellan's Cross
Magellan’s Cross

4.  Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and Sto. Niño Museum.  At the back of Magellan’s Cross is an entrance to Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, the first Roman Catholic Church built in the Philippines.  The church was built on the spot where an image of Sto. Niño was found.  The image was said to be given by Magellan to Rajah Humabon’s wife.  Nowadays, thousands flock in the church, especially during the celebration of Sinulog Festival every third Sunday of January.

  • Entrance fee: none
Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
The facade of the Basilica
The facade of the Basilica

5.  Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.  Exiting at Osmeña Boulevard, find your way to P. Burgos St.  One block away from Osmeña Boulevard is Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu.  The facade of the cathedral exhibits a well-decorated trefoil-shaped pediment.  There was a wedding when we went there so we did not proceed inside.

  • Entrance fee: none
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral

6.  Shamrock.  We continued walking along P. Burgos St. and found Shamrock, a pasalubong house.  The rich aroma of freshly baked bread welcomed us as we opened the door of the store.  Never minding the long line, we bought otap, a sweet and flaky biscuit of Cebu.

7.  Heritage of Cebu Monument.  Moving on with our tour along P. Burgos St., we reached Heritage of Cebu Monument.  If you have no time visiting all the nearby historical sites of Cebu, then this monument is for you.  Heritage of Cebu Monument is a group of sculptures and structures representing the rich history of Cebu, from the baptism of Rajah Humabon to the recent beatification of a Cebuano martyr, Pedro Calungsod.

  • Entrance fee: none
  • Operating hours:  Anytime

8.  Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.  Further along P. Burgos St. is Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.  The house is said to have been built in the 17th Century making it one of the oldest residences still existing in the Philippines.  The guide told us that 90% of the house were still made up of the original materials.

  • Entrance fee:  50.00 Php for adults / 25.00 Php for students
  • Operating hours:  Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Inside Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Inside Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

9.  Casa Gorordo Museum.  You may ask for directions to Casa Gorordo Museum from the guides of Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.  Casa Gorordo Museum is the home of the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu, Juan Gorordo.  Today, the museum presents paintings, antique furnitures and household items the feature the lifestyle of a typical Filipino home of the 19th century.  We contented ourselves with the museum’s courtyard (no entrance fee).

  • Entrance fee:  70.00 Php for foreigners / 40.00 Php for adult Filipinos / 15.00 Php for Filipino students
  • Operating hours:  Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Casa Gorordo Museum
Casa Gorordo Museum

Below is a portion of google map showing our route as we trace back the history and culture of Cebu:

Follow the red lines to go from destination to destination
Follow the red lines to go from destination to destination

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