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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Revisiting Downtown Cebu City

Magellan's Cross

Maayong Buntag Sugbu!

This is my greeting after we landed in the Queen City of the South. It was a "Good Morning Cebu" as we headed to Sampaguita Hotel near downtown Cebu City. It was a long one hour travel from the airport to the downtown. Our check in time was supposed to be at 1PM but I told the staff to leave our bags at the counter while waiting for us to checked in. After that, we walked a short distance to our primary destinations.

Welcome Back to Magellan's Cross

Revisiting Cebu City is not boring and it makes me more excited since I finally see them once again. Going to downtown Cebu makes me happy it celebrates history and faith for as I am a Catholic person. Our hotel was a short distance to the tourist destination so a short walk was just fine. We finally reached Magellan's Cross and we were so happy to be back and immediately grabbed our cameras to take photos after photos. 

Happy to be here!

with the gang

picture time!

Historical Marker

inside Magellan's Cross

look up

full view of the cross

Magellan's Cross

While taking photos, one woman offered her help to take us photos inside Magellan's Cross. We obliged since she dressed up as one of group of dancing women who offered candles and prayers infront of Magellan's Cross. We thanked her and give her small amount as gratitude.

picture picture


down to up

Thanks for this shot! :)

To those familiar, infront of Magellan's Cross is the Cebu City Hall. It was also one tourist destination so we also took photos and appreciate its architectural design.

City Hall

infront of Magellan's Cross

A walk on the right side of Magellan's Cross is Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. This is a sacred place especially to devotees of Santo Nino. Even there were many people, it remained peaceful. We offered candles and say a little prayer. We also went inside the church to pray and went inside and outside the church. By the way, this place where the famous Sinulog Festival celebrated and performed here.

walk from Magellan's Cross

Welcome to Basilica

light some candles

offered prayers

many people light up candles and say prayers

historical marker

entrance to the basilica minore

inside the church

offered prayers too

people praying

infront of the basilica, mass held every Sunday and special occasions

The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino

We went to another church which was also a short distance from the Basilica. It was Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. This is also where the new saint, San Pedro Calungsod was located. The cathedral was also the seat of Archdiocese of Cebu. It was bigger than Basilica del Santo Nino.

tarpaulin for San Pedro Calungsod

mass celebrated at the cathedral


main altar

line up for San Pedro Calungsod

wait for my turn

San Pedro Calungsod

say a prayer

Pray For Us

inside Cebu Cathedral

exterior look

nice picture! :)

It was a short fine walk at downtown city. Good thing that the weather was relatively fine as we visited these areas and revisited it once more. It was a great time until we were hungry. We looked for a taxi and proceed to our next destination... and this time, it's food trip time! :)

Continue to the next blog! :)

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