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Enclosure of Magellan's Cross
We started out our day with the complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Mango and bananas, breads with butter and marmalade and coffee (I had the hot choco).  Planned out our day and decided we'd head out searching for treasures. So we took a cab (which are EASY to find) down to Colon Street. Now this isn't the best or cleanest area in town, but it has a plethora of shops and stalls selling everything! Watches, DVDs, clothes, you name it. We walked in and out of small malls and personal boothes for the better part of two and a half hours, taking it all in. I had been hoping to come across  some typical, local souvenirs. But all I found were your everyday items. I did manage to buy a dual-time watch (for my multi-time zone travels, $10 USD) and a new pair of sunglasses.
Signage
After a quick lunch, we decided to take in some sites. Since we were close, we walked down to Magellan's Cross. This is the spot, where it is said, the explorer Magellan planted a cross in the name of the church. Located just across from City Hall and behind the Basilica de Santo Nino, sits a small round structure with open windows. In the center is a "new" cross marking the spot where the original was planted. The ceiling has a wonderful painted fresco telling the story of Magellan. Though the story didn't have a happy ending for Magellan, it's still a good story! After a few pictures, we wandered off towards the Basilica de Santo Nino. The site had seen two previous structures, each burned to the ground. The Basilica that now stands has been around since the 1600's.
The Cross
Even on a Wednesday, the church and grounds were abuzz with tourists and worshipers. Old women outside the walls, sold candles for prayer. After paying our respects, we ventured down to Fort San Pedro, which was just a few blocks away. Though small, the fort saw a LOT of action over the years. Both long ago and more recent. I've always liked structures like forts and castles. And this one didn't leave me disappointed.  Upon entering, there are several prints and maps of the forts early days and occupants. Entrance is 42 peso ($0.89). It's an easy stroll; along the walls, through the courtyard and interior spaces. Though there is a small museum with a few artifacts and pictures, the gift shop dwarfs it! That's my only real complaint. Pictures taken, it was time to head back to the hotel and relax. The Philippine humidity was taking its toll. After a cooling off with a cool San Mig Light, we headed over to Nature Spa (see my review) for our daily ritual of massage and pampering. Shiatsu and foot massage were on the menu for me today! Feeling rejuvanated, yet mellow, we took in dinner at our favorite outdoor grill. Enjoyed a pleasant meal and a few more cold ones. It would be an early night tonight. All that walking and massaging makes a man grow tired too soon! Ahh...
cebu726 says:
hi lonlee2,

it wud have been better if u meet a travbuddy in cebu to take u to the right place where u want to go. u can find local souvenirs in carbon, the largest open flea market in cebu city occupying not less than six city blocks starting at the back of the city hall or the magellan's cross to the south. there, u find the best bargains in town. native handicrafts abound there in eye-popping bargain prices.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2010
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Enclosure of Magellans Cross
Enclosure of Magellan's Cross
Signage
Signage
The Cross
The Cross
Basilica de Santo Nino
Basilica de Santo Nino
Signage
Signage
Basilica
Basilica
Philippinas prayer.
Philippina's prayer.
Basilica
Basilica
Outdoor Pavilion on the grounds of…
Outdoor Pavilion on the grounds o…
Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro
Me in front of Ft. San Pedros ent…
Me in front of Ft. San Pedro's en…
The story of Ft. San Pedro.
The story of Ft. San Pedro.
Early map
Early map
Picture of the forts early years.
Picture of the forts early years.
Turn of the century photograph of …
Turn of the century photograph of…
The head! There were no signs of p…
The head! There were no signs of …
Cannon
Cannon
Colonade
Colonade
Grounds of Ft. San Pedro
Grounds of Ft. San Pedro
Cannon mount at Ft. San Pedro
Cannon mount at Ft. San Pedro
Lookout tower at Ft. San Pedro
Lookout tower at Ft. San Pedro
Firepower amongst the flora. Ft. S…
Firepower amongst the flora. Ft. …
Looking north along the upper wall…
Looking north along the upper wal…
The courtyard of Ft. San Pedro
The courtyard of Ft. San Pedro
The prow of a four story buildin…
The "prow" of a four story buildi…
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