The Cebu Heritage Monument in front of clear blue skies

Cebu Heritage Monument and Its
Fascinating History

How much do you know about the history of Cebu? Historical places like museums and ancestral houses give you a glimpse of Cebu before it became a highly-urbanized city.One good example is the Cebu Heritage Monument, a structure consisting of several statues that represent significant people and events from pre-colonial to contemporary times.Located in the former business district of Pari-an, it is also one of the most easily accessible tourist spots in the city.

Street sign of Colon Street

Colon Street | Be Engrossed in
the Country’s Oldest Street

As the oldest national road in the Philippines, Colon Street is an essential landmark in Cebu. This kilometer-long street is considered a center for commerce because of its abundance of small and large-scale businesses.It is a haven for those shopping on a budget, with the preservation of several retail stores, supermarkets, department stores, and repair shops that are much cheaper than those in malls.It is highly accessible due to the many jeepney routes around the city and the familiarity of the place among taxi and transport network vehicle service (Grab, Angkas) drivers.This cultural landmark has remained relevant throughout the millennia since its inception during the Spanish colonization.The cross is one of the most recognizable monuments in Cebu. Hundreds of locals and tourists visit this heritage site to pray or to witness the religious icon for themselves. Visitors can also learn about how Christianity started in what is considered the largest Christian community in Asia.

Wide shot of the Magellan’s Cross

Magellan’s Cross | An Important
Christian Monument in Cebu

Christianity in the Philippines started in the 1500s when Spanish forces led by Ferdinand Magellan converted Rajah Humabon and his men. Magellan planted a large wooden cross on the first baptism site, which has become a notable symbol in Philippine history.The cross is one of the most recognizable monuments in Cebu. Hundreds of locals and tourists visit this heritage site to pray or to witness the religious icon for themselves. Visitors can also learn about how Christianity started in what is considered the largest Christian community in Asia.

Tourist spots in Lapu-Lapu City

How Lapu-Lapu City Became the
Famous Historic Resort City

High-end accommodation and a rich cultural heritage have given the city of Lapu-Lapu the moniker of Historic Resort City.Thousands of tourists visit this highly-urbanized city every year to either learn about the history of Cebu or experience luxury stays at some of the best beaches in the Philippines.This tourist haven is ideal for travel-loving locals and foreigners looking to settle down in Cebu.

Drone shot of the CCLEX with a boat passing by

CCLEX Makes It Happen: Cebu to
Mactan In Just a Few Minutes

Mactan is a tourist attraction haven. There is plenty to see, with some of the best beaches in the province, iconic historical landmarks, and the most high-end resorts in Cebu.Frequent visitors can now get to the island much faster than before as the newest infrastructure project in the Philippines, the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway or CCLEX, has finally opened for the public.

The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway

Biggest Advantages of the Cebu
Cordova Link Expressway

For many years, traveling to and from Cebu City and Cordova was made possible through the two Mactan-Mandaue bridges. Thousands of vehicles pass by these bridges every day. But despite having two bridges that connect Cebu City to Lapu-Lapu City, motorists continue to encounter extreme traffic congestion on a daily basis.This makes crossing over either bridge rather unpleasant.In 2022, Cebu’s newest and biggest infrastructure project, the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (also known as CCLEX), aims to alleviate this issue.

Fort San Pedro

Fascinating Fort San Pedro:
Cebu's Oldest Military Structure

The many beaches and islands of Cebu make it an ideal destination for a much needed vacation getaway, but it is just as unique and interesting with the countless historical attractions you can visit in and out of the city.At the heart of Cebu are some centuries-old tourist spots that have stood tall for many years. Before the massive infrastructure towering in the streets today, there was one in particular that played a pivotal role in Philippine history.Fort San Pedro is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines, and it is one of the most famous Cebu heritage sites. It is a staple for field trips, dates, picnics, and even wedding receptions. Located in the middle of the metro, you can easily access the fort whilst visiting other famous attractions within the area.

Siempre Samboan sign in Southern Cebu

A Southern Cebu History Tour
From Samboan’s Heritage Sites

Samboan is a small town in Southern Cebu. This place is extremely popular with the many waterfalls that make it an ideal destination for trekking and canyoneering. To get there, you will have to take a four-hour trip from Cebu City since it is found at the Southern tip of Cebu. It is a stone’s throw away from the neighboring island of Negros Occidental. It is quiet just like most Southern Cebu municipalities, except for the many tourist spots in the area.This is a place that is also filled with a bunch of historical monuments that you can visit to learn more about the history of Cebu. The municipality houses some of the most popular historical places in Cebu province. If you want to know more about the history of Cebu as an island, this is a great place to go to.

the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge in Lapu-lapu City

Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge: More
Than Just An Island Connector

Few places in Cebu compete with the activity that goes on atop the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge. Many cars, bikes and motorcycles fill the lanes to rush to their desired destinations. Since 1999, this marvel of engineering and architecture has made travelling from Mactan island and back much easier. The cool breeze paired with the city’s scenic view is enough to make this a great road trip spot whether on foot or inside a car.This 1,237m structure, along with the first Mactan-Mandaue bridge across from it, is the only way for locals from Lapu Lapu City to go to the neighboring towns in Metro Cebu onland and vice versa. Tourists will be very familiar with this cable-stayed bridge as they travel to check in their hotels, or when they go to the airport to go home.

Mactan Shrine, where the Battle of Mactan took place

Relive the Battle of Mactan at
the LapuLapu Monument

Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to Cebu led him to introduce Christianity to the Filipinos. Though his expedition was a success, he met his demise upon arriving at a nearby island on April 27, 1521. With improvised weapons, local chieftain Lapu-Lapu and his men defeated the invaders in what is now known as the famous Battle of Mactan.The battle occurred on the shores of present day Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, particularly at the Mactan Shrine. Its history has made it a venue that commemorates Cebu’s new beginnings. It has summarized a long winding battle into one big tourist spot.

Motorcyclist passes by the Colon Street Obelisk

Cebu City Landmarks | The Classic
Colon and Carbon Market

Cities are like people. They have their own brand of personalities. And for each city, there are probably one or two spots that encapsulate what it is about. For Cebu City, the two areas that best represent it would have to be Colon Street and Carbon Market. They may not be as posh as Cebu Business Park or IT Park, but they are definitely more memorable. What adds to their charm is you can find anything and everything Cebuano in these places.To know how significant these landmarks are, it helps to know their history. Uncovering their past not only helps you realize how deeply ingrained Cebu City is and why they best represent the Queen City of the South.

Cebu Heritage Sites | What Made
Cebu Into What It Is Today

Cebuanos are very proud of their heritage. From their food, their music, their attitude, their religion, and overall culture, Cebu heritage remains strong and proud. And all this could be traced to the city’s history.To this day, locals and foreigners alike flock to Cebu City’s historical sites to discover facets of the city. If you are still coming up with your Cebu itinerary, your list of things to do in Cebu should include visiting these historical attractions.

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