Friday, July 09, 2010

Sighting-Seeing Around Cebu

It was our first time visiting Cebu, so sight seeing was mandatory. Cebu is one of the most significant ports in the history of the country. It is where Ferdinand Magellan landed in 1521 to spread his missionary. In 1565, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi claimed Cebu and the Philippines as a colony of Spain. In fact, Cebu City is the first Spanish settlement, in 1575, in the Philippines (Manila was marked seven years later).

So with all this history in mind, we set out to see the major landmarks. But first!..We visited the Alegre Guitar Factory. Cebu is also known for its guitar making. I already have a fantastic rich sounding American-made acoustic guitar, so I wanted a small local guitar to add to my collection. I ended up buying a Lawaan (local Filipino wood) acoustic guitar!
Following our visit to the guitar factory in Mactan, we crossed the bridge and headed to two major sites in Cebu City - Magellan's Cross and the Basilica of Santo Nino.

Here's a slideshow of pictures from our day of sight seeing. Place your cursor about "Notes" to read the captions:
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