I was in Cebu Province from February 20-24, 2022 and on my first day in Cebu City (also my first time in this city) I was surprised that the area is larger than what I have expected. I thought Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Cebu City are close to each other the same way Pasig-Pateros-Taguig are close.
The taxi ride from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (in Lapu-Lapu City) going to Cebu City (Magellan’s Cross) is P500. Good thing I was able to taxi-pool with two other passengers so it lower the cost to P150. I took off at Colon Street in Cebu City – the oldest road in the city. From Colon Street, I walk my way around the city center going to Carbon Market and passing by the Obelisk, the new chapel with the image of the Santo Nino de Cebu on top, an old building being restored, the statue of Jose Rizal writing “Mi Ultimo Pensamiento”, Cebu City Hall, Port San Pedro, and finally arriving at Magellan’s Cross.
I was surprised at the Magellan’s Cross – I always picture it as grand and huge but in reality, it’s like a gazebo. It’s located besides the Santo Nino de Cebu Cathedral. I continued walking around the city center, passing by the BPI building, which is an old building maintained, the Martina Sugbo Center (where a McDonalds is located), the Islands Souvenir building (with I Heart Cebu signage), the 1910 Port of Cebu 2004 Malacanan Sa Sugbo Building (being restored), and some other buildings.
I went to my hotel room to rest for a bit before I explored the city more. I stayed at AllSon’s Inn in Echavez Street for 4 days at P500 per night. From there, I walked around the vicinity in the afternoon and passed by the Heritage of Cebu monument. It’s well done and features a lot of historical events. From there, I passed by the famous Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc building, and the Casa Gorordo Museum (which was closed during my visit) along Eduardo Aboitiz Street.
The Metro Department Store Supermarket along Carbon Street, Cebu City
There are so many ukay-ukay around the area of Carbon Public Market
Carbon Public Market, Cebu City
A chapel dedicated to the Santo Nino de Cebu
Monument of Jose Rizal besides the Cebu City Hall
Monument of Vicente Rama in front of the Cebu City Hall
Cebu City Hall. Notice the motto “Public Office is a Public Trust”?
The famous Magellan’s Cross besides the Santo Nino Basilica, Cebu City
The Magellan’s Cross is not as grand as I imagine it. It’s like a dignified gazebo.
The BPI Building besides the Santo Nino Basilica, Cebu City
The Martina Sugbo Center near the Santo Nino Basilica, Cebu City
The Islands Souvenir Center near the Santo Nino Basilica, Cebu City
The Malacanan de Sugbo Building being restored.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City
The famous Obelisk at Colon Street, Cebu City
Heritage of Cebu Park
Heritage of Cebu Park, Cebu City
The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Cebu City
The Casa Gorordo Museum Complex, Cebu City
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc Building along Don Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Cebu City
The Gorordo Museum Complex, Cebu City