Looking back, a four-hour tour of Cebu City was certainly not enough. But since we didn’t have the luxury to explore everything listed on the itinerary, we settled for an express tour crafted by our super friendly tour guide/driver. It was a whirlwind trip, just like our Bohol Countryside Tour, wherein we managed to visit 10 sites and even sneaked in some time for souvenir shopping, all in roughly 6 hours.
To some degree, the four-hour Cebu tour gave us a glimpse of Cebu’s historical past; but, it could have been so much better if we got a taste of its bustling culture as well via two well-known spots: Zubuchon which drove even Anthony Bourdain to call it as “the best pig…ever!” plus Kenneth Cobonpue’s world-class showroom.
Driving around Cebu
1. Lapu-Lapu Shrine
Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan, Cebu
Through several talks/seminars on Philippine History conducted at Crossroad 77, I’ve begun to see our national heroes in a different light. For the longest time, they were robbed of their honor for some writers have twisted the truth to make it appear that our ancestors were primitive, barbaric, and devoid of any cultural tradition. Let’s take for instance the case of Lapu-Lapu whose real name may have been Kalipulaku if only, the Italian scholar Antonio Pigafetta spelled the name right.
Contrary to popular belief, Datu Kalipulaku was then a brave and honorable native chief of Mactan when the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his men first stepped foot on Zubu (Pigafetta’s spelling for Cebu). Several history books have been terribly unkind to Lapu-Lapu when he was portrayed as a war freak who killed the Spaniard out of sheer boredom.
The undeveloped area creates an even depressing tone to the Lapu-Lapu Shrine
Inside Mactan Shrine Park
2. Magellan Shrine
It’s surprising to know that despite its meager fees, last year alone,
according to Sun Star Cebu, the fort was able to generate Php 9 million worth in revenues.
Inside the museum at Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro
Pier Area, Cebu City
It turned out that the actual cross used by Magellan was encased inside the wooden one as shown right here. This was done to protect it from being vandalized by eager visitors waiting for a chance to chip off some parts as souvenirs.
Engraved Writing About the Cross of Magellan
To cap our four-hour tour, we decided to buy some pasalubong (gifts/treats) at the popular Tabo-an Public Market. An array of dried fish welcomed us and our senses feasted on this one-of-a-kind food fest set before us. The market featured a series of stores that you can choose from depending on the type of pasalubong you’re looking for.
|Heaps of dried fish at Taboan Market in Cebu|
My Pasalubong Choices at Taboan Market
Taboan Public Market
B. Aranas St.