Last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel south of Manila, to Cebu City and the neighboring Mactan Island. The Philippines is pretty much known for its fine sand, blue water beaches and there were numerous options, but I chose Mactan because of its beautiful resorts and ease of access, it did not disappoint.
I was joined by Stephen who was visiting from NYC and it was great being away from the hassle and stress of Metro Manila. It was a quick two-day trip and we stayed at the Crimson Resort and Spa with its beautiful private beach, villa-style bedrooms and amazing cuisine.
Cebu City was the port of entry for Spanish occupation back in 1521 so it also encompasses a lot of Filipino colonial history. We visited a few of these colonial sites;
Magellan's Cross which is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on 17 March 1521.
Santo Niño Basilica, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The present building was completed in 1740.
Fuerte de San Pedro, a military defense structure in Cebu, built by the Spanish dating back to 1565.
Malacañang sa Sugbo, the Presidents residence in the Visayas.
Before our flight on Sunday, we ended up at the Ayala Mall in Cebu Business Park, an ultra-modern master planned development in the City.
Christmas comes early in the Philippines!
Stay tuned for my historical tour of Metro Manila 😊