Hi everyone, I am TK Vietnamese intern manager. Today I will share with you about some places that you can go on weekends in Cebu City. This experience story I will talk about: Santo Nino church, Magellan’s cross, Fort San Pedro.
After breakfast at CIJ I started my journey to explore the city. The first place today is the Fort San Pedro. Because it’s convenient for moving schedules. Starting from CIJ Premium, I walked to Pope John Paul II Ave bus station for about 15 minutes. Then I took the beep (the beep from IT Park to City Hall). It takes 20 minutes to get to the Fort. Outside the fortress is a large park with weekend activities. I startedqueuing up for tickets and sightseeing. Ticket price is 25PhP / person. Fort San Pedro open from 8 am to 6 pm.
Entrance to Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro in Cebu is a military defense system built by Spaniards and Cebuano since 1565. The whole fortress is triangular, two sides facing the sea. All the remaining relics are displayed in museum such as Spanish texts, sculptures, paintings, etc. In addition to being a park museum bearing many historical imprints for Tour visitors, this place is also open to serve the needs of wedding photography for local people.
Now I will continue walking to Santo Nino church and Magellan’s Cross. From the side gate of the park Iwent straight to Magallanes 5 minutes to Magella’s Cross. The closer I got to the cross the more images and information I read were displayed in front of me. The cross was built in 1521 when the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu, establishing a relationship between Spain and the Philippines. Later, he introduced the Catholic to King Raja, Queen and the courtiers. The cross marks the time of Pedro’s father’s baptism.
There are many legends concerning the sacredness of the cross so many people intend to steal. So it was later built a sacred house to protect the cross, above the dome was a sketch of the scene: Magenllan’s expedition to Cebu and baptism scene.
Magellan’s Cross and painted on the dome
Now continue to step into Santo Nino church. When you want to go inside, you need to open your bag for the security guard to check. This helps ensure safety for crowded areas.
Ancient church architecture began to appear in front my eyes. This cathedral was built in 1565 and is one of the oldest cathedrals of Roman Catholicism. This cathedral is considered the largest pilgrimage center in Cebu. On the weekends, many people flock here to do traditional religious ceremonies such as lighting candles, praying. Going along the inner corridor, you will see many oil paintings hanging on bothsides and many other ancient architecture.
Architecture inside the cathedral Santo Nino
There are many other interesting things in these locations waiting for you to explore. And do not forget go together with your friends to create wonderful moments during your study at CIJ.
In order to ensure safety, you should choose taxi or Grab. Go into a group to avoid danger and don’t forget your objects in the taxi.
My article today ends here, I hoping my experience story has provided you with more useful information. And don’t forget to follow my next posts.