(Magallanes St., Cebu City)-Planted in April 21, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, this marks the spot where the first Christian Filipinos, Rajah Humabon and queen Juana and about 400 followers were baptized by Fr. Pedro Valderama. In 1565 to 1740, the Augustinian 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 hollow cross of tindalo wood was made to encase the original cross which still stands today.
(Pier Area, Cebu City) – the smallest and oldest tri-bastion fort in the country, this served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. It has a total inside area of 2,025 square meters. The walls are 20 feet high , 8 feet thick and the towers are 30 feet high from the ground level. Work was started on May 8, 1565 with MIGUEL LOPEZ DE LEGAZPI breaking the ground. During the American Regime, it became an American Warwick Barracks which was later converted into classrooms where the Cebuanos received formal education. During World War II, it served as fortification for the occuping Japanese soldiers. After 1950, the Cebu Garden Club took over and fixed the inner court into a miniature garden. For a couple of years it also housed the Cebu City Zoo. From 1978 to August 15, 1993 it housed the offices of the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Tourism Authority. At present, it is under the care and administration of the Cebu City government.
(Osmena Blvd., Cebu City) – this church was built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fr. Andres Urdaneta on the site where the image of Santo Nino was found in 1565. The first structure of the church was, however, destroyed by fire on November 1, 1568. It was rebuilt in 1602 under the administration of Juan Albaran and was rehabilitated in 1740. On May 1965, the church was conferred the title of Basilica Minor del Santo Nino by Cardinal Antonuitte, Papal Legate during the Fourth Centennial celebration of the Christianization of Cebu.
(Located in the northwestern tip of Cebu) – Serene and tranquil, and boasting of fine white sand beaches, the island is a favorite holiday hangout, especially during the Lenten Season. The historically rich Holy Week celebration of Bantayan Island is among the most elaborate in the country – using life-size statues during the Holy Thursday and Good Friday processions
(across Danao City) – The island is located northeast of Cebu province and is composed of 4 towns, namely: Poro, San Francisco, Tudela and Pilar. To cross the island, one can take the boat that leaves from Pier 1 in Cebu city (The Golden Bridge Express) or take the ferry in the Mandaue Warf. Both ferries are bound for Poro. Another would be to go to the Danao City seaport (an hour away from Cebu City) and leave for San Francisco using their large outrigger boats.
(35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City) – It is home to the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu – Juan Gorordo (1862 – 1934). A tour inside this residence is a brief journey into a Filipino lifestyle in particular a period between 1860-1920. This place presently features noted paintings, museum relics, a courtyard, antique household items and furniture.
Open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Admission fee is Php 70.00 for foreigners, Php 40.00 for adults, Php 15.00 for college students and Php 10.00 for children (including high school and elementary students)
(Punta Engano, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu) – Site where the battle between Mactan Island chieftain Lapulapu and the foreign aggressor Ferdinand Magellan occurred 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.
Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty from its white sand beaches, Mactan Island is located across Cebu City, the gateway city to the Visayas and Mindanao. Mactan Island also serves as a jump-off point for diving sites in the sorrounding islets that dot the Mactan Channel. It has established itself as a world-class international resort area in Central Visayas.