Museo Sugbo also known as Cebu Provincial Museum located in M.J Cuenco Avenue in the old Spanish-era area of Cebu named Tejero. Before it was the home of the world famous, Youtube sensation Cebu Dancing Inmates- the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center or CPDRC.
The CPDRC structure was built on 1871. IT was designed by a Spanish architect named Domingo de Escondrillas. Back then, It was also known as Carcel de Cebu which means Provincial Jail of Cebu before it a museum. It was believe that a lot of coral stones from Parian Church were used to build to build the part of the prison. After 20 years of use, a renovation was ordered and they added more buildings at the back of the main structure which now serves as the first six galleries of Museo Sugbo.
Upon entering the museum the nominal fee is collected. Adults: P30(Filipinos), P75(Foreigners and Balikbayans). Students: P10(Filipinos), P50(Foreigners and Balikbayans). Seniors Citizens: P10.
This is for the maintenance of the whole museum. All exhibition galleries are full air-conditioned and presently they don’t allow any picture or video taking inside the galleries. All exhibits are fully secured which may result in injuries if someone wants to steal the artifacts.
Four permanent galleries, three special exhibition galleries and one changing galleries housed in four separate buildings provide the visitor with a treasure trove of important objects and and artifacts. Witness over a thousand years of prehistory. Two special exhibition showcase the lives of Sen. Vicente Rama, father of the Cebu city charter, and the father-and son tandem of Gregorio and Jovito Abellana, a former Katipunero and playwright of patriotic zarzuelas, historical essayist and writer.
Two large permanent galleries in a separate building trace the political development of the Philippine state. Two large galleries in another building provide rare artifacts that are part of Cebu’s history.
Drop a coins and make a wish in the Well of Wisdom,Love and Good Fortune, just follow the instruction attached in the well.
HOW TO GET THERE
It’s about 2 kilometers away from Fort San Pedro. It’s the perfect spot for your next destination. Take a taxi to go the place for a short ride.
Built in 1972 located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City, Philippines. The temple has the elevation of 300 meter above sea level, it is a towering. The temple is highly ornate and the architecture is Chinese style with a pagoda-style roof.
The temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teaching of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. Taoist temple is open to all. A ritual among devotees is one prays to gods to grant one’s wish. During the ritual, the first thing to do is to wash your hands and then going inside the chapel with your barefoot, at the same dropping the two blocks of wood. When the two blocks of wood are both face up then one could make a wish. If not then it’s not yet the time for one’s wish to be granted and one has come to the temple to take some other time. The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well.
The entrance of the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. To get into the temple itself, you have climb the more than 80 steps. Since there will be some tourist climbing with you , it becomes less tiresome and considered as an enjoyable experience. After reaching the top, be ready to take your reward. You will amazed the most captivating view of the different island of Cebu. Instead of candle, the Taoists use of joss stick. You can also perform the same ritual of the followers, since instruction are provided at main door. You can also have your fortune read by the fortune tellers in the temple. Make sure to observe silence at all times. The place is still a religious shrine and there will be some people who would be praying. The best days to go will be during weekdays except Wednesday(one of their days of worship).
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to the temple the best and easiest way is to ride a taxi to you there. All taxi drivers know the place. Just tell the driver to drop you in Taoist Temple.
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño Cebu is the oldest Roman Catholic Church of 16th century in Cebu City. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi built the church on 1566 that serves as the San Augistin Church. It was made of wood, mud and nipa. It is located in the center of the city. The church was built at the exact location where the image of Santo Niño that means the Black Holy Jesus was found. The church destroyed by fire twice in 1602 and in 1735. The church was reconstructed under of Cebu Governor Fernando Valdes Y Tamon, the church was made of hard stone materials.
The museum inside the church showcases the history of Christianity in Cebu. The antique objects are on display including century-old furniture, priestly vestments and the Santo Niño’s old cloaks donated by the individuals over the centuries. Religious articles such as statues and relics are also displayed and some other items from the convento. There are some toys that are said to be the presents to the Child Jesus, as well as a large Santo Niño rosary composed of 15 beads. You will be see ob-course, the large image of the Black Holy Jesus(Santo Niño). The image of the Santo Niño, which is kept in the parish convent, is considered the oldest religious relic in the Philippines . This was the image that Magellan gave to Queen Juana as a gift during the baptism of King Humabon and his wife Queen Juana on April 14, 1521.
The church attracts a lot of devotees, churchgoers, tourist and other visitors. To accommodate visitors, a pilgrim center was built in the compound of the church and an open air structure where the priest officiate the mass.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best and the easiest way to go the place is to ride a taxi to bring you there.
Close to the Pier area in Cebu City you will find the historic fort San Pedro. It was founded by the Spaniards after they have settled in Cebu. Fort San Pedro is the oldest and the smallest fort in the Philippines. It was triangular in shape and made of mortar and stone. It has the total area of 2’025 sq. meters. The wall is 20 feet high and 8 feet thick. The tower is 30 feet high from the ground. Its ancient walls have still strong until now.
Fort San Pedro Cebu was built by the Spanish and Cebuano under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Spanish Government in Cebu. The work first started on May 8 1565. After the battle in Manila Bay, Commodore George Dewey turned the fort into the hand of local Cebuanos. It became the American Warwick Barracks during the American Regime. Later on it was converted into a classrooms where Cebuanos could receive a formal education. After 1950, Cebu Garden Club took over and fixed the inner court into a miniature garden. At the present the fort serves as a museum and a park.
General admission for Fort San Pedro is 30php. The place is rich of cultural history. The fort protects the legacies of the Spanish Government including the well maintained Spanish artifacts like, Spanish documents, Paintings, Sculptures, cannons, Chapel, prison dungeons, living rooms, bedrooms, school rooms and oasis garden. A large statue of Legazpi and Antonio Pigafetta is made top stand outside the fort. The museum also contains old coins. You will also get a clear idea about the architecture and the usage of the types of materials in the making of the fort. There is not much there now except for Spanish structures, a few cannons, a courtyard, and old walls that just manage to convey a historical atmosphere. It is perfect for visitors just wanting to relax, know a bit of Cebuano history, and take loads of pictures. Aside that you are enjoying in the place you will also know about history of Cebu, so it’s worth to see.
HOW TO GET THERE
Riding a taxi is the best and easiest way to go the place. All taxi drivers know the place, it was located at Plaza Independencia.
Lapu-Lapu’s statue is 20 meter high which is made of bronze located in the Mactan Shrine Park in Punta Egaño, Mactan Island, Cebu. The statue was being build to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu , ruler of Mactan Island who defeated Ferdinand Magellan during the historic Battle of Mactan in 1521. Lapu-Lapu is a Cebuano hero who fight for freedom. His wearing a native costume with a sword of his right hand and a shield of his left hand.
If you plan to visit Cebu, better check Mactan Shrine to meet the famous legendary Cebuano hero(Lapu-Lapu’s Statue). The park includes Magellan Shrine and a covered structure that houses a huge mural painting of the Battle of Mactan. It is a large memorial tower built in 1866 to honor Ferdinand Magellan. It has been believed that Magellan is killed in the area where the tower built.
Every year a lot of foreign and local tourist visit here. The place is good, the ground is well kept. You can have your delicious seafood meal in one of some restaurants near in the shrine. Check out the the shell vendors outside the shrine. They sell a nice shellcraft that made from a pure shells.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Mactan-Cebu International Airport you can ride a taxi to drop you directly in Mactan Shrine or else you will ride a jeep( popularly known as multitab) with a signboard of Punta Egaño.
It is located at the center of the city in the front of Cebu City Hall building. It symbolized of being a christian right there in Cebu. It was been named from the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Rajah Humabon of Cebu, his wife and his hundreds of warriors accepted the Christianity and consequently they have been baptized. As of now, Magellan cross was become a famous Cebu’s historical landmark.
Magellan cross is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Cebu. It was enclosed by a small octagon form chapel for protection from the sun, wind and rain. Above of it is a painting, an impressive painting that shows history. It is worth to see the beauty and to know the remarkable history behind of it. The history of it is really quite interesting.
It is also a working place and hang out place of souvenir seller. The popular product for the tourist are guitar ,shell craft and woodcraft.
HOW TO GET THERE
The safest and the easiest way is take a taxi from Mactan Airport or the other part of Cebu. All taxi drivers know where it is.