5 Free Things to do in CEBU in less than an Hour
Traveling to Cebu City and don’t know what to do? Well this is a list of Historical Tourist Spots in Cebu City that you can do for free and you’re so lucky because they are clustered together that you can do it within an hour or two! Enjoy!
1. Heritage of Cebu Monument
Made by sculptor, Eduardo Castrillo, from concrete, bronze, brass, and steel this depicts the earliest history of Cebu. This includes Battle of Mactan; Lapu-Lapu, the first Philippine Hero, and his fellow warriors who fought against Spanish invasion led by Portuguese Explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. This also depicts the acceptance of Christianity in the Philippines with the Child Jesus, Sto. Niño. A monument of late Cebuano President, Sergio Osmeña, Sr. is there and also the first Cebuano Saint, St. Pedro Calungsod. There are also structures of the Basilica del Santo Niño, the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the Saint John the Baptist Church, the Magellan’s Cross, and a Spanish Galleon.
When we got there, there was a caretaker named Eduardo Mejos who explained the moment to us.
Walk straight an in less than a minute you’ll get to the next spot.
2. Colon Street Obelisk
Colon Street is the oldest street in the Philippines and was once the heart of the City’s shopping and business district. Though not as popular before, Colon is home to a lot of malls and stalls that are cheap.
I’ve lived near here for more than 5 years and this is my go-to place to shop since I can get a lot of things for a small amount of money.
Word of advice, though, don’t go here at night without a companion or a local friend and while shopping please take care of your belongings, this isn’t a crime free area.
The next spot will be less than 5 minutes from here, so as you’re facing this, walk to your left.
3. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Built-in 1565 by the Spaniards and inaugurated as an archdiocese of Cebu in 1934, this is one of Cebu’s pride as it has been thru a lot of calamities and wars. The interior is also as majestic as its name.
Whenever I’m in the city, I prefer attending mass here as it’s very solemn and I feel at peace.
A block after the Cathedral, you will find our next spot.
4. Basilica Minore de Sto. Niño
The Sto. Niño (Child Jesus) statue was gifted to Rajah’s consort on the day of their christening. In 1565, a church was the spot where the image of the Sto. Nino (Child Jesus) was found preserved in a wooden box. The Feast in honor of Sto. Niño and of the province of Cebu, the Sinulog, is held every 3rd Sunday of January. Weeks before the festivities, a lot of pilgrims (including me) would go visit and attend mass here. It’s pretty crowded especially on the day of the Feast, so brace yourself when you visit on those days.
As you get out of the other side of the Basilica, you get to see the next spot.
5. Magellan’s Cross
This was the spot where the Christian cross was planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers as they arrived in Cebu. The cross is only a replica as the real one is preserved since it was erected in 1521. The painting in the ceiling depicts the arrival of Magellan, planting of the cross, and the baptism of the first Philippine Christians.
And that’s the end of the list!
Other places you might want to check out:
Near these places are a lot of spots to know more about the Cebuano or Philippine Culture, these include:
- Yap-San Diego Ancestral House (across Heritage of Cebu Monument) One of the oldest house in Cebu with an entrance fee of Php 50.00 per person
- Casa Gorordo Museum (less than a minute walk from Heritage of Cebu Monument) another historical house but classier. This has an entrance fee of Php 70.00 for foreigners and Php 40.00 for locals.
- Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Museum (you can pass this from Colon Obelisk to the Cathedral) contains historical religious artifacts of the Diocese of Cebu. Entrance fee for foreigners is Php 100.00 and Php 55.00 for locals.
- Basilica del Sto. Niño Museum (inside Sto. Niño Church) showcases the history of Christianity in the Philippines with a fee of Php 30.00.
- Fort San Pedro (located inside the Plaza Independencia just a block from Sto. Niño Church) is a military defense structure built on 1738 but was originally made of wood on 1565. The entrance fee is Php 30.00.
With this, I hope you could not only enjoy Cebu but learn more about its History!