It's my first time to travel to Cebu, the "Queen City of the South", and I have literally no idea where to start exploring the historical city. Thanks to the internet, I've found some good articles that helped me formulated my D.I.Y itinerary. (See source at the end of this article).

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro, Malacanag Sa Sugbu
The heritage sites of Cebu can be explored through a walk since they are situated near each other. Here's the first part of my Cebu heritage walk experience. Watch out for the part 2, 3 and so on.

MAP: Plaza Independencia to Fort San Pedro to Malacanag sa Subgu

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Map


FIRST STOP: PLAZA INDEPENCIA 

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Plaza Independencia (Independence Square)
The Plaza Independencia is a popular hangout place for people staying and working around the area. It is a garden filled with acacia trees, plants and flowers. This is said to be historical as it has witnessed the rich history of Cebu. It is situated in M.J Cuenco and Legaspi Extension, Brgy. San Roque, Cebu City. 


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Obelisk dedicated to Miguel Lopez de Legaspi
At the very heart of the plaza is an obelisk dedicated to Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the first Spanish governor-general of the Philippines.

SECOND STOP: FORT SAN PEDRO
Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Entrance of Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro is considered as the oldest and smallest triangular fort in the Philippines. Originally, it was built by the Spaniards and Cebuano laborers in 1738 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi as a military defence structure to repel Muslim raiders. The fort is triangular in shape, two sides facing the sea while the 3rd side is fronting the land.

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Top of Fort San Pedro
Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Fort San Pedro's Gallery
At the entrance of the fort, you will see a gallery depicting the gradual development of Fort San Pedro - how it looked in the past.


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Sto. Nino Altar
Beside the Fort San Pedro's gallery is the Sto. Nino Altar.


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Blind Man playing a contemporary song
As you enter the grounds of Fort San Pedro, you will be welcomed by a blind man playing a contemporary song. 


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Inside Fort San Pedro


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Parallel Wooden Beams
Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
A turret at the corner of Fort San Pedro
Nuestra Senora de la Cotta
Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Nuestra Senora de la Cotta's Oratory
Nuestra Senora de la Cotta of Cebu is also known as Birhen sa Cota sa Sugbo, Our Lady of Fort and Virgin of Remedies.


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Nuestra Senora de la Cotta


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Pozo de la Virgen
According to sources, the waters from the well were also said to have miraculous powers.

Exhibit of Artifacts from Spanish Period

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Vestidor of Hipolito Labra
This is the Vestidor (VEST) of Hipolito Labra, a katipunero during the anti-Spanish revolution in Cebu. He was the longest serving Cabeza de Barangay of Sapangdako, Guadalupe from 1913- 1967, 54 years. During the anti- Spanish revolution in Cebu, the Katipuneros led by Leon Kilat believed that wearing vestidor would make the invincible.


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Closer look to the Vestidor!
Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Spanish Flag
Taken by one of the crew members of Admiral George Dewey during the battle of Manila Bay on August 13, 1898, from one of the vessels of the spanish fleet, William Weaver, the crew member gave the Spanish Flag to his Grandniece, Joan Haines.

On August 29, 1970, John and Joan Haines, turned over the flat to Mariano M. Florido, a cebuano while he latter was in the United States of America. Mariano M. Florido donated the Spanish flag to the Cebu City Museum in 1993.

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Tres De Abril Revolution
The painting depicts the Tres de Abril Revolution that happened in Cebu City on April 3, 1989.

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu


Viviende del Teniente

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu

Before it became a museum, originally Viviende del Teniente was the living headquarters of the lieutenant of the fort.


Inside Viviende del Teniente

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu



Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu

Official Seal of Cebu City



Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu



Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
History of Cebu





Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
History of Fort San Pedro

Exploring more of Fort San Pedro



Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu
Cuerpo de Guardia
It is where the personnel that manned the fort lived. The largest building in Fort San Pedro.


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu



Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu




Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu


Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu


THIRD STOP: MALACANANG SA SUGBO

Cebu Heritage Walk Part 1: Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Sugbu


At the back of Fort San Pedro is the Malacanang sa Sugbo (Malacanang of Cebu). It was originally built in 1910 to house the Bureau of Customs (BOC) office in the Port of Cebu City. Presently, it is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas.


Watch out for my upcoming articles:

  • Cebu Heritage Walk Part 2:  Magellan's Cross, Sto. Nino Basilica, Sto. Nino Shrine, Sto. Nino Museum
  • Cebu Part 3: Cebu Heritage and University of San Carlos
  • Cebu Trip Part 4: Taoist Temple
  • Cebu Trip Part 5: Lapu-Lapu
  • Cebu Food Trip
Source
http://biagkensiak.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/cebu-city-a-solo-heritage-walk-cebu-walk-tour-series/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_San_Pedro
http://www.cebucitytour.com/cebu-san-pedro-port/
http://marianmessenger.ph/index.php/events/52-nuestra-senora-dela-cotta-of-cebu-also-known-as-birhen-sa-cota-sa-sugbo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaca%C3%B1ang_sa_Sugbo
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