MAGELLAN’S CROSS CEBU’s ICON
Cebu’s very own lets visit.
As Cebuano how much do you know about the Magellan’s Cross?
As someone native, we only get to know fully if we investigate and through research, I only get to see the Cross, and the iconic building in the middle of the street.
This Iconic Landmark is Cebu’s icon, its importance is as huge as how Cebuanos love their religion. Tourism in Cebu is also up due to this building. Catholicism is the main religion in Cebu, and up to now ot still is,
so let’s visit Magellan’d Cross. How to get there?
Ride a Mybus from Mactan Cebu to SM Cebu City. Fare is around 40 PHP ( SGD$ 1 ,US$ 0.8, € 0.7). Travel time is around 30mins to 1 hr.
Then, Ride a jeep with a route code 12I or 10M . Hop off at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Fare is around 8 PHP ( SGD$ 0.2 ,US$0.16, € 0.13). Travel time is around 10mins to 30mins (depends on the traffic).
Then, walk to Magellans Cross ( This can be found at the back of the oldest church in cebu – Santo Nino). It is a walking distance from where you hop off. Just ask the vendors on where exactly it is or just use google maps.
About Magellan’s cross:
This is an icon to distinguished
Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on April 8, 1521.This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino on Magallanes Street, just in front of the city hall of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers. Magellan’s Cross is a symbol of Cebu, and the chapel’s image can be found in its city seal. It is also seen as the symbol of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.