Ten Photos From Cebu, Philippines

Cebu City is the first capital of the Philippines, it’s also the second largest and oldest city. So much of the Spanish influence on Philippine culture originated here. It’s a cool place to spend a few days. The scuba diving around nearby Mactan Island is phenomenal.

1: The Heritage Monument is a tableau of sculptures depicting Cebu history. Including the Battle of Mactan between Ferdinand Magellan, and the tribal chief Lapu-Lapu. Magellan was killed in the battle.
2: The cross that was planted by Magellan’s explorers is encased within this larger protective cross.
3. A statue of Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed by a poison arrow at the Battle of Mactan.
4: Lapu-Lapu, the ruler of Mactan who fought Magellan’s Spanish and Portuguese forces at the Battle of Mactan.
5-7: Cebu has a large Chinese population, who built this Taoist temple and grounds in 1972.
8-9: Fort San Pedro is a triangular shaped fort that was built by Spain in 1738 to defend Cebu against raiders.
10: The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest houses in the Philippines, and was built in the late 17th century. It has an eclectic assortment of antiques.

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