The whole travel was a bit scary because it is our first time to ride a boat but in fairness it is also exciting.
We stay at Mayflower Inn. In the evening at around 7pm we start our tour we went to Cebu Tops. We thought that we won’t be able to reach the place because most of the taxi drivers do not want to go there for so many reasons; For instance the engines of their cab does not have the capacity to go to high places, fare related reasons charging us as high as 1000 pesos just to get there. Luckily after 20 minutes of waiting outside the inn we found one who will bring us there.
In Cebu Tops we were able to see the whole of Cebu including parts of Bohol and experience cold wind we just stay there for an hour. After that we headed back to Inn to spend the whole evening to rest and prepare ourselves for the remaining of tomorrow’s tour.
In the morning we ride taxi and head to our first destination:
Magellan’s Cross it is a Christian cross made from Tindalo wood planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu, Philippines on April 21,1521. This cross is housed in a small chapel near the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino on Magallanes Street just in front of Cebu city hall. By the way Magallanes is the Spanish name for Magellan.
You can reach Basilica Minore del Santo Nino by foot maybe three minutes walk. The church was built by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Father Andres Urdaneta on the site image of Santo Nino was founf in 1565.
The mass in Basilica was held is Cebuano and there are a scheduled mass held in English. At last we we’re able to set our foot to this famous basilica which we only saw on TV before. During that time we have to fall in line to be able to personally see and put our hands to the relics of the Holy Santo Nino.
Do you know how Cebu was found? The history of Cebu can be seen on the display inside the Fort San Pedro which looks almost similar with that of Fort Santiago in Intramuros Manila.
We have a chance to see LapuLapu Shrine. In this place is where on April 27, 1521 Lapulapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders killing their leader Ferdinand Magellan. Thus Lapu-lapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression.
I had my experience entering Chinese temple before and this is only the second time. Our last place to visit was Philippine Taoist Temple Inc. It was built in 1972, located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City. The city was built by Cebu’s Chinese community. It is has an elevation of 300 meters above sea level.
We had our lunch I think at around 1:30 pm at Ayala Center. After all of this memorable, unforgettable, remarkable, once in a lifetime tour we went back to Inn and prepare ourselves for our flight back to manila.