Did you know that long before the colonizing powers of the West arrived, Cebu was once called Zubu and was already an important trading center and one of the oldest trading location known as parian is here in this city?
Before Ferdinand Magellan, it was the Chinese traders who discovered and were particularly attracted, not only to goods; but tot the honesty of the natives of Zubu, and it was the ‘ideal safe harbor’ because of the protection in the east given by the Mactan Island.
This was just an introduction of what we rediscovered during our recent stay in Cebu. Together with Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., we were invited by Weather Philippines Foundation to visit the beautiful city last July 21-22 and participated on an “Urbanization of Cebu Tour” led by RAFI during the familiarization tour that they’ve prepared for us.
The whole day we visited a lot of historical and heritage sites and as soon as the evening drew near, we set foot to the oldest house near Colon street, the Museo Parian sa Sugbo – 1730 Jesuit House. We were met by Miss Carmela Matheu who candidly and vividly retold the history of the old house. Our last stop was the Museu Sugbo which was actually the oldest prison jail in the province and now is the biggest museum opened to the public.
Urbanization of Cebu tour is a way to trace the development of the cityhood from pre-colonial era, to the American period, and up to the present time.
Our itinerary included Fort San Pedro, the oldest tri-bastion and smallest fort in the Philippines. Fort San Pedro is located at San Roque and strategically built facing the sea by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Antonio Pigafetta on May 8, 1565.
Our next stop was the Provincial Capitol of Cebu. It is the seat of governance and the office of the 25th governor of the province, Hilario Davide III. The architectural design was constructed by Sotero B. Cabahug in 1937 and inaugurated in 1938.
After a short tour at the Cebu City Museum along Osmeña Blvd, we proceed to the famous site of Magellan’s Cross and Basilica Minore del Santo Niño church. This church is the oldest in Philippine history.
Magellan’s Cross is a popular landmark in Cebu where a cross was planted in commemoration of the acceptance of Christianity when Magellan introduced religion to chief Rajah Humabon in 1521.
A few meters and right across the church, we also visited the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Mabini Street. It is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu. It was constructed in 1689, completed in 1909, and rebuilt in 1950 after the World War II.
Our last stop before going to Museo Parian sa Sugbo – 1730 Jesuit House was the Halad Museum of Dodong Gullas. The museum houses cultural treasures and memorabilia that pay homage to the musical heritage of Cebu. Halad Museum is located where the old building of The Freeman used to stand, which is along V. Gullas Street (named after Vicente Gullas, the founder’s father) corner D. Jakosalem Street.
Going back to Museo Parian sa Sugbo, it is an 18th century architectural marvel of a coral stone house with fusions of Chinese, Spanish, American, and Filipino cultural designs. Museo Parian sa Sugbo is located along Zulueta St., Tinago in Cebu City.
By the way, passing by Colon and before heading to Museo Parian sa Sugbo, a large monumental structure.can be seen along the road and is called Plaza Parian. The plaza shows significant events, from the time of Raja Humabon to the recent canonization of Pedro Calungsod. National Artist Eduardo Castrillo built the shrine spearheaded along with Mayor Alvin Garcia in 1996.
AboitizLand, for several years now, has organized cultural/heritage activities on this site during the yearly Gabii sa Kabilin festival as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Last stop before we went back to our hotel, we had our prison themed dinner and tour at Museo Sugbo which was used as Cebu’s provincial jail from 1870 to 2004. This place was.converted into a museum on August 13, 2009. It hosts Spanish-era and American-era galleries, and on the second floor, a World War II gallery. The place itself has a rich history to tell back from being the oldest prison in the Philippines.
The ‘Cebu dancing in-mates’ who gained popularity because of their ‘Thriller by Michael Jackson’ dance routines were once the residents of this prison jail.
Museo Sugbo is located along M.J. Cuenco Ave.,Tejero, Cebu City.
Our tour that day didn’t end there. It was still early when we came back to Summit Circle Hotel so we decided to sneak out to visit the famous Larsian BBQ.
Larsian BBQ is like Dampa here in Metro Manila. Hawkers will come to you as soon as you enter Larsian BBQ place and each of them will try to convince you to have your meal ordered within their stalls.
Larsian BBQ is one of our favorite food stops and a visit won’t be complete without it whenever we’re in Cebu. A plate of puso and pork bbq, plus regular Coke in can, is comfortably and conveniently enough to say that we made it to Larsian.
During this trip, all photos that we took and uploaded here were captured by the OPPO F1 Plus. We carried this flagship model to test drive the overall performance of the OPPO F1 Plus. As you can see, photos came out nice and even in low-lighted situations, OPPO F1 Plus captured the awesome moments we had during this trip. We’re also satisfied by the battery performance of this smartphone. With a full-charge battery in the morning, we still have enough juice to make it the following day.
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