3 Landmarks to Visit Before Leaving Cebu City
Cebu is known to be the Philippines main domestic shipping port and also known to have the second most international flights in the Philippines. Cebu City has a population of about a little over 2 million people. Also in Cebu are historical and recognizable landmarks, which people from around the world come to see and visit. I have listed below 3 popular landmarks to visit before leaving Cebu City:
Magellan's cross kiosk - Located across Cebu City Hall and along Magallanes Street, next to Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Church. On April 21, 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted a big christian cross in Cebu to celebrate the baptism of island chief Rajah Humabon, his wife and 500 of their followers to roman catholic religion. Some locals in Cebu say that the cross has miraculous powers but some say that the original cross planted by Magellan was destroyed or lost. So what stands there now is a replacement planted by Spaniards who came after Ferdinand Magellan.
Fuente Osmena - Also known as Osmena Fountain and Heart of Cebu which was named after the late president Sergio Osmena who was also a born native of Cebu City. Located in a tree-lined park also known as the Fuente Osmena Circle. Also Osmena Fountain was built to commemorate Cebu City first waterworks system and venue of Sinulog nightly festivities and demonstrations.
Lapu-Lapu shrine - Is the shrine in honor of the Philippines first hero, Datu Lapu-Lapu. Located in the island of Mactan also known as Lapu-Lapu City. Lapu Lapu shrine also stands on the location where the battle of Mactan and the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed at the hands of the island chieftain Datu Lapu-Lapu. For Datu Lapu-Lapu bravery he would go down in Filipino history as the first Filipino hero who fought against European rule.
Don't forget before leaving Cebu City take the time and visit these historical and recognizable landmarks where you may never know when you will be coming back.