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Famous Tourist Spots in Cebu

Lapu Lapu Monument
This is the site where the battle between Spanish-Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and Mactan Island Chieftain Lapu Lapu took place in 1521. The monument represents a brave Lapu Lapu holding a bolo and a pestle, weapons that the natives used during the battle.

Magellan’s Cross
The original cross planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan is said to be inside the wooden cross that acts as a case to protect the cross from damage. It signifies the Christianization of the natives in 1521, when Spanish-Portuguese explorers first arrived. The cross can be found inside a chapel beside Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.

Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro in the Pier Area of Cebu City was first established by Spaniards as a military defense structure in 1565. It became the American Warwick Barracks when they defeated the Spaniards in the Battle of Manila Bay. It also acted as classrooms for native Cebuanos at that time. During World War II, the fort acted as a defense camp for Japanese soldiers. Finally when the war ended, renovations were done to the fort to preserve its historical value.

Sinulog Festival
Held every third Sunday of January, the Sinulog festival is celebrated in honor of the province’s patron saint, Santo Niño de Cebu.

Cebu Taoist Temple
This temple keeps the teachings of Chinese philosopher Lao-Tse. Devote Taoists in the area climb 81 steps everyday to light incense sticks at the temple.

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