The University of the Visayas being situated in the city’s downtown has also made an indelible landmark in Cebu’s colorful past. The downtown that mirrors our history, had witnessed different occasions and establishments, the UV including, on how it changes over the course of time. Being one of the first universities in the city, UV stays in downtown for reason. It is also to leave a mark to every individual.
Take a stroll around the historically rich streets of downtown Cebu and appreciate its culture and beauty evident in the fusion of the place’s different architectural structures.
A must-see landmark with an enormous importance on the island’s history, Magellan’s Cross is a symbol Christianity in the country.
It is housed in a pavilion to be protected from the heat, rain and some devotees who chipped the cross believing it has miraculous healing powers. Know a little bit of the history through the vivid painting of the Cebuano ancestors’ conversion in the dome’s celling and watch the candle sellers as they dance at the same chanting special prayers.
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Tucked in the city’s Parian district, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral house allows you to travel back in time and see the Cebuano lifestyle back then. Step inside into a well-preserved colonial house made of coral stones and molave wood. The 342-year old house-turned-museum houses the family’s heirlooms and artifacts. Also, don’t forget t stroll around their mini garden to get a good feel of what the Spanish colonial era used to be.
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño
Situated in the heart of the downtown Cebu is a church flocked by thousands of devotees, including tourists every single day. The church houses the origin wooden statue of the child Jesus, the same icon that was presented by Ferdinand Magellan during the christening of Rajah Humabon and Rayna Juana. Now declared as a national shrine, this picturesque baroque structure is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country and is now considered a great pillar of the Filipino faith.
Fort San Pedro
The oldest and smallest fort in the country is in a triangular shape. The Fuerza de San Pedro currently known as Cebu Fort San Pedro used to be a military base with 14 cannons installed. Inside the fort is also a museum that houses some of the early Spanish artifacts, documents, sculptures, weaponry, and even old photographs of Cebu. The environment being just near the sea is airy and breezy making it an ultimate spot for family picnics or just by spending time alone.