Cebu Adventure: Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro

Since we arrived in Cebu late afternoon–I reported to work first!–we had no time to visit the local tourist spots. We just had dinner at Casa Verde, had drinks at some random bar and went back to the hotel to catch our zzz’s.

The next morning, we got up early as we didn’t prepare an itinerary. We randomly decided to visit Magellan’s Cross just because it’s the one tourist spot we all know in Cebu. LOL.

Magellan's Cross

Zooming in on the description.

There weren’t too much to see there except for the, well, cross. It’s nice though.

The obligatory photo op with the cross. Boy do I look fat here. Bad camera angle.

The obligatory photo op with the cross. Boy do I look fat here. Bad camera angle.

After seeing the Magellan’s Cross, we decided to walk around the area. We got lost, of course. We ended up at the local market, a church and whatnot. It was almost noon at the time so we had no choice but hail a cab to take us to our next destination, Fort San Pedro.

Hello, For San Pedro.

Hello, For San Pedro.

I learned about this placed from a friend’s recent Cebu trip. She told me to visit this place because it was pretty. For Php30 per person, one can experience the simplicity that Fort San Pedro humbly offers.

Fort San Pedro.

Fort San Pedro. The facade was really stunning.

When we were there, I was constantly thinking of Fort Santiago the whole time because I was wondering if this was how Fort Santiago looked like. You see, I’m not really the type to go visit historic places and all that stuff.

A little history lesson.

A little history lesson.

Before you enter the actual Fort San Pedro area, there are two walls filled with photos and clippings about how Fort San Pedro came about. There weren’t that many pictures to see though. Adding more photos would be tons better. (Hello, Fort San Pedro people!)

A trip to the past.

A trip to the past.

It was clean, with several cool (and beautiful) areas to have your photos taken. It was midday when we arrived so while we thought the place was nice, we were burning under the midday sun.

View from above.

View from above.

There are loads of areas though where you can take cover. Also, there are signs telling you where to go that I found really nice.

I don't understand why they're not open. Perhaps they're renovating?

I don’t understand why they’re not open. Perhaps they’re renovating?

It sucked though that “CLOSED” signs were posted on the majority of interesting-looking doors we encountered. In the photo above, I’m guessing that door is the entrance to a museum. Unfortunately, that bloody annoying closed sign barred us from entering.

Looking at this picture, I can't help but say "Taddaaaah!" in my head.

Looking at this picture, I can’t help but say “Taddaaaah!” in my head.

There was a simple wishing well tucked beside the building right by the entrance. Don’t expect a pretty wishing well because it was just a genuinely old well that had ample water in it.

They also have this tiny butterly area when you climb up the “ramp”. And when I say tiny, I mean really tiny. When we arrived, there were no butterflies but the view there is seriously stunning.

Flanked by two towers. They're so freakin' tall.

Flanked by two towers. They’re so freakin’ tall.

One of the guides (or perhaps a Fort San Pedro caretaker) offer to take pictures of us, by the way. He was really nice, encouraging us to pose some more so we could take photos. He was even directing us to pose by this-and-that area. 🙂

My favorite part in Fort San Pedro.

My favorite part in Fort San Pedro.

That picture above was taken from my favorite section in Fort San Pedro. It’s this long path of cobblestones that make for pretty pictures. I think this was a look-out platform or something.

Come on boys, how hard is it to open a door?

Come on boys, how hard is it to open a door?

Jump. It's unfair. Sam is too tall tobe my jump shot partner. LOL.

Jump. It’s unfair. Sam is too tall tobe my jump shot partner. LOL.

Kissy Kissy. LOL.

Kissy Kissy. LOL.

If you’re not so much into history and all that stuff, Fort San Pedro may be too boring for your taste. Then again, you can always spike up your experience by loading your camera with crazy and wacky pictures in Fort San Pedro, right? 😀

Clear blue sky. Such a perfect day.

Clear blue sky. Such a perfect day.

Besides, don’t you want to catch a sight of this glorious view? By the way, that is so not a phallic symbol. Haha! Every soul in Cebu knows where Fort San Pedro is so don’t fear getting lost should you want to visit this place. 🙂

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Photos were tweaked by my ever-so-amazing Graphic Artist boyfriend.

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  • shame on me i haven’t been inside fort san pedro. we’re making a music video for our P.I. 100 and i think this will be one of the places where we will shoot. hehehe