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May 26, 2011

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Camotes Island | Cebu | Bohol
Lake Sebu | Davao


an island in the Pacific

Being a native of Cebu, i couldn't resist  showing you
 a glimpse of my hometown. 
Cebu owns a lot of interesting, historical features,
 but I will just show you a few places...
you must come and see the rest for yourself.

The mayor holds his office here,
 located in downtown Cebu

Magellan's Cross

From time immemorial , this spot has been set aside to commemorate the erection of a cross in Cebu by the expedition of Magellan, when King Humabon of Cebu and his Queen, son, and daughters, together with some 800 of their subjects were baptized by father Pedro Valderrama. This hallowed site was inspired in 1735, by Rev. Juan Albarran, Prior of San Agustin and in 1834 by Rt. Rev. Santos Gomez Maranon, Bishop of Cebu. The image of the Santo Nino found by the expedition of Legaspi
 in a house near the present site of the Cathedral of Cebu,
and is venerated by the faithful in the nearby church of San Augustin.

There were many rumours about this cross. One of the most popular ones, were the growth of this Cross. That thousands of people from all over the island to this area, for pilgrimage. Did it really grow? Many locals really do believe in this miracle. But to others, the growth of the cross was probably referred to, as parrallel to the growth of christianity. The original tree is hidden underneath the big cross, to prevent the locals from chipping off a slice of it, for their own healing and for their loved ones. This was one of the miracles affiliated with the cross. Legend has it that when someone took a piece of the cross as a request of his sick parent, his father was immediately healed. Since then, many Filipinos from all over the islands, pay homage to the cross. This also explains the presence of many vendors, selling candles ,religious icons or amulets.



Sto. Nino Church

The oldest Church in Cebu was named after the Santo Nino (Saint Child). When Legazpi came back to the philippines, a century later, they noticed that the people were arrogant and were not as receptive to them as their first visit with Magellan. So they burned the whole village to subjugate the people.   In one of those burning houses, a statue of the Sto Nino was found unscathed.This was the statue Magellan gave to Queen Juana, when they embraced Christianity. Our natives gave the Spaniards their gold and jewelries, and in return, the Spaniards gave them their religious icons. From that time on , after discovering the figure after the fire, the statue was proclaimed miraculous.It was also declared
 as the patron saint of the island of Cebu.

Sto. Nino

"Sinulog" is Cebu's biggest annual religious festival.This festival
 revolves around the church,  a reenactment of it's history,
from the pagan times, to the coming of the Spaniards,
and the acceptance of Christianity. It is usually held at the end of January, and visited by tourist from all over the world. It is similar to the "mardi gras" of Brazil.

Don watching the Temple Dancers

A peso for a dance?
  Meet our band of Temple Dancers.
 Give them a peso for a candle,
 and they will  sing and dance for you in a  prayer. 
Or should I call them professional prayer dancers?

One Peso for a dance

This prayer tradition was handed over
 from one family generation to another.
Only these women knew the secrets
behind their power chantings.

Peace offerings

after the dance of prayer,
a candle is lighted up,
you can make your own private prayer
 or just leave the candles to burn...

religious artifacts
it is not uncommon to see
an array of vendors selling religious artifacts
and amulets around this area.



Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro is presently, a historical park which houses the National Museum and provides sanctuary for quiet reflection.

gardens of Fort san Pedro

 Built in 1738 as a defense against pirates, the fort was a stronghold for Filipino freedom fighters in 1898, was a U.S. Army barracks, was a prison camp during the Japanese occupation,
 as well as a private zoo by Father Tropa, a reknowned Lamplighter.
 San Pedro was the name of the ship
 which brought Legazpi to the Philippines in 1565.
This is also  the smallest triangular fort in the world.




Taoist Temple

Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills,  Cebu City,
an affluent residential subdivision in Cebu.
Once upon a time, the mountains of Beverly was occupied by thieves.
But an affluent chinese merchant had a dream_
 the Gods ordered him to built a temple in the mountains, for good joss or luck.To have a share of this luck, many Chinese merchants,
as well as Filipinos built their houses around it.

 This temple preserves the teaching of Lao-tse
 the 600 B.C. Chinese Philosopher.
A stairway to heaven was built, consisting of 99 steps.
 People climbed the steps,
as some form of penance and surrender to  God, hoping that God will hear out their prayers more.
 Visitors may also have their fortune read, 
after lighting some joss sticks.




way to the TOP

Top of the world?
No, I'm just at the top of Cebu.
Situated at the highest sea level of Cebu, the tops of cool Busay Hills is an excellent sight seeing spot which offers a breathtaking view of Metro Cebu  and the islands of Mactan and Olango. Cottages are available for daytime picnics  and instant evening parties. It is a great place to celebrate full moon parties. Only 20 minutes drive from Cebu City's foothill.



Lapu-lapu's shrine

After an easy and accommodating  reception in Cebu,
 Magellan was confident to  conquer
 the rest of the neighboring islands.
Unfortunately, he was received  in Mactan
 by a hostile Sultan chief Lapu-lapu. A bloody battle followed in the island of Mactan,
 and 3 weeks later Magellan died in this Island,
on this spot in April 27, 1521.
The Lapu-Lapu Monument at Punta Engano on Mactan Island
 is a testament to this proud chieftain who killed Magellan
 and is revered as the country's first leader
 to resist Spanish colonization, and our first national HERO.

What happened to Lapu-lapu now? We named our national fish, LAPU-LAPU, after him. and Magellan ? It used to be the most popular hotel in cebu  for the last decade. hahaha, how's that for a cebuano humour? LOL


Well, that was just a brief introduction of Cebu. Cebu, has no doubt more interesting and beautiful places, but you will need to see that for yourself in person.


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