November 02, 2017

10 Heritage Sites in Cebu City You Can Visit in One Day

Relive history in these landmarks, old houses, and museums in Cebu City.
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Cebu has more to offer than white sand beaches. It is also home to some historically significant structures and items. Many of these structures and artifacts are located close to each other. One fine sunny morning, I decided to go on a walking tour of the Queen City of the South.


1. Fort San Pedro



heritage sites Cebu City

Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fort in the archipelago


My first stop was Fuerza de San Pedro or Fort San Pedro, the smallest and oldest fort in the country. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi originally built the triangular fort with wood. Aside from having old metal cannons and coral stone walls, the fort is also houses a museum with Spanish-era artifacts on display.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP20 for students, PhP24 for senior citizens


2. Magellan's Cross



heritage sites Cebu City

A mural depicting the first mass in the archipelago at Magellan’s Cross


After roaming around Fort San Pedro, I decided to walk to Magellan’s Cross. The kiosk is located in front of Cebu City Hall, which is less than a kilometer away from the fort. Magellan’s Cross is the Christian cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan after Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana were baptized in 1521. The original cross is housed inside the wooden one you can see in the kiosk. The ceiling features a painting of the first mass in the Philippines.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


3. Santo Niño Church and Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The oldest Roman Catholic Church can be found in Cebu City.


After Magellan’s Cross, my next stop was Santo Niño Church and Museum, which are a few steps away from the kiosk. Santo Niño Church was built on the spot where Juan Camus, a sailor in Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s fleet, found the original image of the Child Jesus in 1565. Right in front of the church is the Pilgrim Center, where novena masses are held for the annual Sinulog Festival. The Basilica del Santo Niño Museum is located at the basement of the center. The museum displays centuries-old church documents along with relics and statues of different saints.

Operating hours: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays (church); 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM, 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM Thursdays to Tuesdays, closed on Wednesdays (museum)
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP10 for children and students, PhP15 for senior citizens


4. Cebu Cathedral Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The structure of the Cebu Cathedral Museum survived the World War 2 bombing.


Just a block away is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu. Right across the road is the Cebu Cathedral Museum. It was one of the few structures to survive the bombing of Cebu in World War 2. The museum houses religious artifacts from the Spanish era up to the present.

Operating hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesdays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP25 for students, PhP50 for Filipinos, PhP100 for foreigners


5. Plaza Hamabar



heritage sites Cebu City

Rajah Humabon is depicted sitting on his throne while surveying his kingdom.


My next stop was Plaza Hamabar, which is located in front of the museum. Sri Hamabar or Rajah Humabon was the native chieftain who welcomed Magellan to Cebu. He was considered as the bravest and wisest man in Cebu. A statue of the rajah stands in the middle of Plaza Hamabar.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


6. Colon Street Obelisk



heritage sites Cebu City

The obelisk stands silently at the end of the oldest street in the country.


Continuing with the tour, I walked around 300 meters along the road between Plaza Hamabar and the Cathedral Museum to get to the Colon Street Obelisk. The obelisk stands at the end of the oldest street in the Philippines. The marker features a short history of the street named after Christopher Columbus or Cristobal Colon.

The obelisk is on an island in the middle of a major intersection, so do watch out for passing jeepneys.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


7. Cebu Heritage Monument



heritage sites Cebu City

The Cebu Heritage Monument is best viewed at night.


The Cebu Heritage Monument was my next stop. It is located right across the obelisk. The monument showcases some significant events in the history of Cebu. The larger-than-life sculptures were made by local artist Eduardo Castrillo. Among the scenes depicted on the monument are the baptism of Rajah Humabon and the Battle of Mactan.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


8. Jesuit House Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The Jesuit House Museum can be found inside Ho Tong Hardware.


After the Cebu Heritage Monument, I walked to the Jesuit House Museum or the Museo de Parian. It is housed inside the warehouse of Ho Tong Hardware. The museum is one of the oldest structures in the country. The galleries house Spanish-era artifacts, pre-and post-war items, and antiques showing the rich Filipino-Chinese history of Cebu. The Jesuit House Museum was once the residence of the Jesuit Superior in Cebu.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP50


9. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House



heritage sites Cebu City

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House offers a glimpse of the past.


The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is a bahay na bato (stone house) which has stood the test of time. The structure is the ancestral house of the Yap-Sandiego family which was converted into a museum. It houses antiques from the Spanish period. The structure itself is a sight to see. Made of a combination of hardwood and coral stone, the house gave me the feeling of being transported back in time.

Operating hours: 9:00 to 5:30 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30


10. Casa Gorordo Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The four walls of the Casa Gorordo Museum are silent witnesses to the history of Cebu.


The Casa Gorordo Museum is located just around the corner of the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. This Spanish-era structure was once the home of the first Cebuano bishop, Bishop Juan Gorordo. Visitors can join a guided interactive tour of the museum. The museum is now owned and managed by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and is one of the mainstays of the annual Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage).

Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays
Entrance fee: PhP50 for Filipino adults, PhP70 for foreigners, PhP15 for students


With its artifacts and centuries-old structures, visitors can learn a thing or two when they go on a walking tour of Cebu.


* Click the heritage site names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.
* Prices may change without prior notice.

Peter Parcon

After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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November 02, 2017

10 Heritage Sites in Cebu City You Can Visit in One Day

Relive history in these landmarks, old houses, and museums in Cebu City.


Cebu has more to offer than white sand beaches. It is also home to some historically significant structures and items. Many of these structures and artifacts are located close to each other. One fine sunny morning, I decided to go on a walking tour of the Queen City of the South.


1. Fort San Pedro



heritage sites Cebu City

Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fort in the archipelago


My first stop was Fuerza de San Pedro or Fort San Pedro, the smallest and oldest fort in the country. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi originally built the triangular fort with wood. Aside from having old metal cannons and coral stone walls, the fort is also houses a museum with Spanish-era artifacts on display.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP20 for students, PhP24 for senior citizens


2. Magellan's Cross



heritage sites Cebu City

A mural depicting the first mass in the archipelago at Magellan’s Cross


After roaming around Fort San Pedro, I decided to walk to Magellan’s Cross. The kiosk is located in front of Cebu City Hall, which is less than a kilometer away from the fort. Magellan’s Cross is the Christian cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan after Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana were baptized in 1521. The original cross is housed inside the wooden one you can see in the kiosk. The ceiling features a painting of the first mass in the Philippines.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


3. Santo Niño Church and Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The oldest Roman Catholic Church can be found in Cebu City.


After Magellan’s Cross, my next stop was Santo Niño Church and Museum, which are a few steps away from the kiosk. Santo Niño Church was built on the spot where Juan Camus, a sailor in Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s fleet, found the original image of the Child Jesus in 1565. Right in front of the church is the Pilgrim Center, where novena masses are held for the annual Sinulog Festival. The Basilica del Santo Niño Museum is located at the basement of the center. The museum displays centuries-old church documents along with relics and statues of different saints.

Operating hours: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays (church); 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM, 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM Thursdays to Tuesdays, closed on Wednesdays (museum)
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP10 for children and students, PhP15 for senior citizens


4. Cebu Cathedral Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The structure of the Cebu Cathedral Museum survived the World War 2 bombing.


Just a block away is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu. Right across the road is the Cebu Cathedral Museum. It was one of the few structures to survive the bombing of Cebu in World War 2. The museum houses religious artifacts from the Spanish era up to the present.

Operating hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesdays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP25 for students, PhP50 for Filipinos, PhP100 for foreigners


5. Plaza Hamabar



heritage sites Cebu City

Rajah Humabon is depicted sitting on his throne while surveying his kingdom.


My next stop was Plaza Hamabar, which is located in front of the museum. Sri Hamabar or Rajah Humabon was the native chieftain who welcomed Magellan to Cebu. He was considered as the bravest and wisest man in Cebu. A statue of the rajah stands in the middle of Plaza Hamabar.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


6. Colon Street Obelisk



heritage sites Cebu City

The obelisk stands silently at the end of the oldest street in the country.


Continuing with the tour, I walked around 300 meters along the road between Plaza Hamabar and the Cathedral Museum to get to the Colon Street Obelisk. The obelisk stands at the end of the oldest street in the Philippines. The marker features a short history of the street named after Christopher Columbus or Cristobal Colon.

The obelisk is on an island in the middle of a major intersection, so do watch out for passing jeepneys.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


7. Cebu Heritage Monument



heritage sites Cebu City

The Cebu Heritage Monument is best viewed at night.


The Cebu Heritage Monument was my next stop. It is located right across the obelisk. The monument showcases some significant events in the history of Cebu. The larger-than-life sculptures were made by local artist Eduardo Castrillo. Among the scenes depicted on the monument are the baptism of Rajah Humabon and the Battle of Mactan.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


8. Jesuit House Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The Jesuit House Museum can be found inside Ho Tong Hardware.


After the Cebu Heritage Monument, I walked to the Jesuit House Museum or the Museo de Parian. It is housed inside the warehouse of Ho Tong Hardware. The museum is one of the oldest structures in the country. The galleries house Spanish-era artifacts, pre-and post-war items, and antiques showing the rich Filipino-Chinese history of Cebu. The Jesuit House Museum was once the residence of the Jesuit Superior in Cebu.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP50


9. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House



heritage sites Cebu City

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House offers a glimpse of the past.


The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is a bahay na bato (stone house) which has stood the test of time. The structure is the ancestral house of the Yap-Sandiego family which was converted into a museum. It houses antiques from the Spanish period. The structure itself is a sight to see. Made of a combination of hardwood and coral stone, the house gave me the feeling of being transported back in time.

Operating hours: 9:00 to 5:30 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30


10. Casa Gorordo Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The four walls of the Casa Gorordo Museum are silent witnesses to the history of Cebu.


The Casa Gorordo Museum is located just around the corner of the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. This Spanish-era structure was once the home of the first Cebuano bishop, Bishop Juan Gorordo. Visitors can join a guided interactive tour of the museum. The museum is now owned and managed by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and is one of the mainstays of the annual Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage).

Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays
Entrance fee: PhP50 for Filipino adults, PhP70 for foreigners, PhP15 for students


With its artifacts and centuries-old structures, visitors can learn a thing or two when they go on a walking tour of Cebu.


* Click the heritage site names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.
* Prices may change without prior notice.

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After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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November 02, 2017

10 Heritage Sites in Cebu City You Can Visit in One Day

Relive history in these landmarks, old houses, and museums in Cebu City.
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Cebu has more to offer than white sand beaches. It is also home to some historically significant structures and items. Many of these structures and artifacts are located close to each other. One fine sunny morning, I decided to go on a walking tour of the Queen City of the South.


1. Fort San Pedro



heritage sites Cebu City

Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fort in the archipelago


My first stop was Fuerza de San Pedro or Fort San Pedro, the smallest and oldest fort in the country. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi originally built the triangular fort with wood. Aside from having old metal cannons and coral stone walls, the fort is also houses a museum with Spanish-era artifacts on display.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP20 for students, PhP24 for senior citizens


2. Magellan's Cross



heritage sites Cebu City

A mural depicting the first mass in the archipelago at Magellan’s Cross


After roaming around Fort San Pedro, I decided to walk to Magellan’s Cross. The kiosk is located in front of Cebu City Hall, which is less than a kilometer away from the fort. Magellan’s Cross is the Christian cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan after Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana were baptized in 1521. The original cross is housed inside the wooden one you can see in the kiosk. The ceiling features a painting of the first mass in the Philippines.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


3. Santo Niño Church and Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The oldest Roman Catholic Church can be found in Cebu City.


After Magellan’s Cross, my next stop was Santo Niño Church and Museum, which are a few steps away from the kiosk. Santo Niño Church was built on the spot where Juan Camus, a sailor in Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s fleet, found the original image of the Child Jesus in 1565. Right in front of the church is the Pilgrim Center, where novena masses are held for the annual Sinulog Festival. The Basilica del Santo Niño Museum is located at the basement of the center. The museum displays centuries-old church documents along with relics and statues of different saints.

Operating hours: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays (church); 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM, 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM Thursdays to Tuesdays, closed on Wednesdays (museum)
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP10 for children and students, PhP15 for senior citizens


4. Cebu Cathedral Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The structure of the Cebu Cathedral Museum survived the World War 2 bombing.


Just a block away is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu. Right across the road is the Cebu Cathedral Museum. It was one of the few structures to survive the bombing of Cebu in World War 2. The museum houses religious artifacts from the Spanish era up to the present.

Operating hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesdays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP25 for students, PhP50 for Filipinos, PhP100 for foreigners


5. Plaza Hamabar



heritage sites Cebu City

Rajah Humabon is depicted sitting on his throne while surveying his kingdom.


My next stop was Plaza Hamabar, which is located in front of the museum. Sri Hamabar or Rajah Humabon was the native chieftain who welcomed Magellan to Cebu. He was considered as the bravest and wisest man in Cebu. A statue of the rajah stands in the middle of Plaza Hamabar.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


6. Colon Street Obelisk



heritage sites Cebu City

The obelisk stands silently at the end of the oldest street in the country.


Continuing with the tour, I walked around 300 meters along the road between Plaza Hamabar and the Cathedral Museum to get to the Colon Street Obelisk. The obelisk stands at the end of the oldest street in the Philippines. The marker features a short history of the street named after Christopher Columbus or Cristobal Colon.

The obelisk is on an island in the middle of a major intersection, so do watch out for passing jeepneys.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


7. Cebu Heritage Monument



heritage sites Cebu City

The Cebu Heritage Monument is best viewed at night.


The Cebu Heritage Monument was my next stop. It is located right across the obelisk. The monument showcases some significant events in the history of Cebu. The larger-than-life sculptures were made by local artist Eduardo Castrillo. Among the scenes depicted on the monument are the baptism of Rajah Humabon and the Battle of Mactan.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


8. Jesuit House Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The Jesuit House Museum can be found inside Ho Tong Hardware.


After the Cebu Heritage Monument, I walked to the Jesuit House Museum or the Museo de Parian. It is housed inside the warehouse of Ho Tong Hardware. The museum is one of the oldest structures in the country. The galleries house Spanish-era artifacts, pre-and post-war items, and antiques showing the rich Filipino-Chinese history of Cebu. The Jesuit House Museum was once the residence of the Jesuit Superior in Cebu.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP50


9. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House



heritage sites Cebu City

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House offers a glimpse of the past.


The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is a bahay na bato (stone house) which has stood the test of time. The structure is the ancestral house of the Yap-Sandiego family which was converted into a museum. It houses antiques from the Spanish period. The structure itself is a sight to see. Made of a combination of hardwood and coral stone, the house gave me the feeling of being transported back in time.

Operating hours: 9:00 to 5:30 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30


10. Casa Gorordo Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The four walls of the Casa Gorordo Museum are silent witnesses to the history of Cebu.


The Casa Gorordo Museum is located just around the corner of the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. This Spanish-era structure was once the home of the first Cebuano bishop, Bishop Juan Gorordo. Visitors can join a guided interactive tour of the museum. The museum is now owned and managed by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and is one of the mainstays of the annual Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage).

Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays
Entrance fee: PhP50 for Filipino adults, PhP70 for foreigners, PhP15 for students


With its artifacts and centuries-old structures, visitors can learn a thing or two when they go on a walking tour of Cebu.


* Click the heritage site names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.
* Prices may change without prior notice.

Peter Parcon

After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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November 02, 2017

10 Heritage Sites in Cebu City You Can Visit in One Day

Relive history in these landmarks, old houses, and museums in Cebu City.


Cebu has more to offer than white sand beaches. It is also home to some historically significant structures and items. Many of these structures and artifacts are located close to each other. One fine sunny morning, I decided to go on a walking tour of the Queen City of the South.


1. Fort San Pedro



heritage sites Cebu City

Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fort in the archipelago


My first stop was Fuerza de San Pedro or Fort San Pedro, the smallest and oldest fort in the country. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi originally built the triangular fort with wood. Aside from having old metal cannons and coral stone walls, the fort is also houses a museum with Spanish-era artifacts on display.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP20 for students, PhP24 for senior citizens


2. Magellan's Cross



heritage sites Cebu City

A mural depicting the first mass in the archipelago at Magellan’s Cross


After roaming around Fort San Pedro, I decided to walk to Magellan’s Cross. The kiosk is located in front of Cebu City Hall, which is less than a kilometer away from the fort. Magellan’s Cross is the Christian cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan after Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana were baptized in 1521. The original cross is housed inside the wooden one you can see in the kiosk. The ceiling features a painting of the first mass in the Philippines.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


3. Santo Niño Church and Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The oldest Roman Catholic Church can be found in Cebu City.


After Magellan’s Cross, my next stop was Santo Niño Church and Museum, which are a few steps away from the kiosk. Santo Niño Church was built on the spot where Juan Camus, a sailor in Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s fleet, found the original image of the Child Jesus in 1565. Right in front of the church is the Pilgrim Center, where novena masses are held for the annual Sinulog Festival. The Basilica del Santo Niño Museum is located at the basement of the center. The museum displays centuries-old church documents along with relics and statues of different saints.

Operating hours: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays (church); 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM, 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM Thursdays to Tuesdays, closed on Wednesdays (museum)
Entrance fee: PhP30 for adults, PhP10 for children and students, PhP15 for senior citizens


4. Cebu Cathedral Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The structure of the Cebu Cathedral Museum survived the World War 2 bombing.


Just a block away is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu. Right across the road is the Cebu Cathedral Museum. It was one of the few structures to survive the bombing of Cebu in World War 2. The museum houses religious artifacts from the Spanish era up to the present.

Operating hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesdays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP25 for students, PhP50 for Filipinos, PhP100 for foreigners


5. Plaza Hamabar



heritage sites Cebu City

Rajah Humabon is depicted sitting on his throne while surveying his kingdom.


My next stop was Plaza Hamabar, which is located in front of the museum. Sri Hamabar or Rajah Humabon was the native chieftain who welcomed Magellan to Cebu. He was considered as the bravest and wisest man in Cebu. A statue of the rajah stands in the middle of Plaza Hamabar.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


6. Colon Street Obelisk



heritage sites Cebu City

The obelisk stands silently at the end of the oldest street in the country.


Continuing with the tour, I walked around 300 meters along the road between Plaza Hamabar and the Cathedral Museum to get to the Colon Street Obelisk. The obelisk stands at the end of the oldest street in the Philippines. The marker features a short history of the street named after Christopher Columbus or Cristobal Colon.

The obelisk is on an island in the middle of a major intersection, so do watch out for passing jeepneys.

Operating hours: 24/7
Entrance fee: None


7. Cebu Heritage Monument



heritage sites Cebu City

The Cebu Heritage Monument is best viewed at night.


The Cebu Heritage Monument was my next stop. It is located right across the obelisk. The monument showcases some significant events in the history of Cebu. The larger-than-life sculptures were made by local artist Eduardo Castrillo. Among the scenes depicted on the monument are the baptism of Rajah Humabon and the Battle of Mactan.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: None


8. Jesuit House Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The Jesuit House Museum can be found inside Ho Tong Hardware.


After the Cebu Heritage Monument, I walked to the Jesuit House Museum or the Museo de Parian. It is housed inside the warehouse of Ho Tong Hardware. The museum is one of the oldest structures in the country. The galleries house Spanish-era artifacts, pre-and post-war items, and antiques showing the rich Filipino-Chinese history of Cebu. The Jesuit House Museum was once the residence of the Jesuit Superior in Cebu.

Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays
Entrance fee: PhP50


9. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House



heritage sites Cebu City

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House offers a glimpse of the past.


The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is a bahay na bato (stone house) which has stood the test of time. The structure is the ancestral house of the Yap-Sandiego family which was converted into a museum. It houses antiques from the Spanish period. The structure itself is a sight to see. Made of a combination of hardwood and coral stone, the house gave me the feeling of being transported back in time.

Operating hours: 9:00 to 5:30 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP30


10. Casa Gorordo Museum



heritage sites Cebu City

The four walls of the Casa Gorordo Museum are silent witnesses to the history of Cebu.


The Casa Gorordo Museum is located just around the corner of the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. This Spanish-era structure was once the home of the first Cebuano bishop, Bishop Juan Gorordo. Visitors can join a guided interactive tour of the museum. The museum is now owned and managed by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and is one of the mainstays of the annual Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage).

Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays
Entrance fee: PhP50 for Filipino adults, PhP70 for foreigners, PhP15 for students


With its artifacts and centuries-old structures, visitors can learn a thing or two when they go on a walking tour of Cebu.


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