Monday, February 23, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 1: Fort San Pedro

Located in A. Pigafetta Street.

Antonio Pigafetta is the chronicler of Ferdinand Magellan's expeditions. Uyy, may natutunan ako. :)))

It is a triangular-shaped fortress built in the Spanish colonization period under the command of the Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Oo, si pareng Miguel na naman. Si Miguel na namili kung saan itatayo ang Manila Cathedral. Si Miguel na nakalibing sa San Agustin Church nang wala man lang akong kamalay-malay. 
Ano na naman ang ni-wish ko doon? SECRET. :))))))
In the Fort are these pictures and a tour guide who once again explained the history of Cebu. That even if it was Lapu-lapu who is known to have killed Magellan, hindi siya ang salarin. 
Miniatures, whatever you call these, of the ships they used before. San Pedro ay isa sa mga pangalan ng bangkang (bangka nga ba talaga? baka barko naman) na ginamit ni Miguel nang pumunta siya dito sa Pinas.
Fort San Pedro is the smallest and the oldest fort built in the Philippines. Again, it has a triangular shape and is built near the sea. It's main purpose was to repel Muslim raiders and that's the reason why two sides are fronting the sea and the other, fronting the land.

I can never forget one thing that the tour guide told us (first trip to Cebu pa), sabi niya dun sa Plaza Independencia kung saan andun 'tong Fort San Pedro ay may color coding sa damit pag Sunday. Haha. Pag red ata, naghahanap ng ka-date ganyan. Ayun oh, nags-speed dating pala dun. Oo na. Sa lahat ng history lessons na pwede kong matutunan, 'yang lesson na 'yan pa 'yung hindi ko nakalimutan. 
Just so I could show you that this fort is built using coral stones. This is the reason why restoration of the earthquake damaged part of the Fort takes time.
These days, aside from being a "museum", the garden is open for rent for your parties, wedding receptions etc.

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