Go back in time by tracing Magellan's route through Mactan's historic sights. Visit craft markets and see the national shrine that shows the city's religious fervor and artistry.
Ferdinand Magellan came to Cebu in April 1521, claimed it for King Phillip of Spain and planted a Cross to symbolize its Christianization.
Cebu's icon, Magellan's Cross, is the first stop of the tour. It then proceeds to the Basilica Minore of the Child Jesus, home of the image of Jesus as a Child, the baptismal gift of Magellan to Queen Juana, the first Christian Filipina. Then onwards to Fort San Pedro, a coral stone fortress originating from the original wooden structure built on the site in 1565, protecting the city that became the first Spanish settlement in Asia. Then drive through the country's oldest street - Colon Street, to Plaza Parian and make a short stop at Casa Gorordo, a museum showcasing the elegant lifestyle of the Spanish/Filipino elite of the 18th century. A visit to Museo sa Sugbu completes the tour of the Cebu City's heritage sites.
Cross over to Mactan Island passing through the industrial city of Mandaue, where many factories that produce world class furniture are found. The first stop in Mactan is the Church of our Lady of the Rule, a National Shrine visited by many who attribute Mactan's economic success to her devotion. Then visit a guitar factory to see how these renowned Philippine guitars are made. Your final stop is the Liberty Shrine, erected on the battleground where Magellan met his defeat in the hands of Datu Lapu-Lapu, who was then the chieftain of Mactan. Today a larger-than-life statue of Lapu-Lapu towers over mangroves and the very shores of his triumphant battle.
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Stop by the Historic Magellan's Cross
Magellan's Cross is an important Cebu historical landmark. It was planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 upon his arrival in Cebu. Next to it is the Basilica Minore of the Child Jesus, home of the image of Jesus as a Child, a baptismal gift of Magellan to the first Christian Filipina.
Proceed to Fort San Pedro
Explore Fort San Pedro, originally a wooden structure built in 1565 to protect the city. Once the first Spanish settlement in Asia, the coral fortress now stands as a haunting reminder of a time long gone.
See Plaza Parian and Casa Gorodo
See the country's oldest street and make your way to Plaza Parian. Make a quick stop at Casa Gorordo, a museum that showcases the lives and lifestyles of 18th century Spanish/Filipino elite.
Cap off Cebu City Tour at Museo Sugbo
The last stop of the Cebu City tour is Museo Sugbo. Originally a provincial jail, the museum now showcases the heritage of Cebu as well as the history of Philippine politics.
Continue the Twin City Tour in Mactan
Pass by the magnificent Mactan-Mandaue bridge and head to the Church of our Lady of the Rule. Many locals believe it was the people's devotion to this church that led to the economic success of Mactan.
Witness How the Popular Cebuano Guitar is Made at a Guitar Factory
See the amazing craftsmanship behind Cebuano guitars. In the old days, men would court a woman by serenading her with a guitar in a custom called, "harana." Some people still practice the custom to this day.
Tour Ends at Liberty Shrine
See the handsome statue of Lapu-Lapu overlooking the city. Once the battlefield where the hero defeated Ferdinand Magellan, the site now boasts a magnificently defiant image of Lapu-Lapu.
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