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Cebu : Religious Tourist Attractions

IMAGE OF STO. ÑINO
Considered as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. It was on April 14, 1521 that Magellan gave the image to Queen Juana as a baptismal gift. Forty-four years later, on April 27, 1965 when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi arrived, Fr. Andres de Urdaneta who formally christianized the Cebuanos, found the natives hostile. Legazpi besieged the settlement and set the village on fire. It was on one burnt houses that Juan Camus, a soldier, found the image of Sto. Niño unscratched. Since then, the miraculous image has been venerated by the Cebuanos as its patron saint. At present, the miraculous image is kept in the parish convent, and a replica is adorned with gold and precious stones and enshrined in glass. It is housed in a side altar inside the Basilica Minor del Santo Niño.

BASILICA MINOR DEL SANTO NIÑO
This church was built by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Fr. Andres Urdaneta on the site where the image of Santo Niño was found in 1565. The first structure of the church was, however, destroyed by fire on November 1, 1568. It was rebuilt in 1602 under the administration of Juan Albaran and was rehabilitated in 1740. On May 1965, the church was conferred the title of Basilica Minor del Santo Niño by Cardinal Antonuitte, Papal Legate during the Fourth Centennial celebration of the Christianization of Cebu.

MANDAUE-MACTAN BRIDGE
Built in 1972 at a cost of P 65 million. This 864-meter bridge connects the islands of Mactan and Cebu.

TOPS
Situated on top of cool Busay Hills, an excellent sight seeing spot which offers a breathtaking view of Metro Cebu and the islands of Mactan and Olanga. Cottages are available for daytime picnics and instant evening parties.

PARADISE VALLEY
Located in Paril, Barili, 61 km. south of Cebu City. Take off for a perfect weekend and simply bask in the awesome and natural splendor of Cebu's only Mountain Resort. Only 90 minutes drive away from the city life, passing through scenic and picturesque terrain and seaside towns of the south.

BEVERLY HILLS
A scenic subdivision on Lahug Hills commands a breathtaking view of the entire city.

LILOAN LIGHTHOUSE
Found in the municipality of Liloan, around 18 kms. north of Cebu City. Built by the Ameicans in 1904.

THE NEW CEBU COLISEUM
A sports center located at Sanciangco Street where concerts and ball games are usually held.

YMCA
Along Osmeña Blvd. is a sports comples equipped with body building equipment, swimming pool, bowling lanes and ball game courts. Accomodation is also available.

 


Southern Philippine Cuisine

In Mindanao, the southern part of Palawan island, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, dishes are richly flavored with the spices common to Southeast Asia: turmeric, coriander, lemon grass, cumin, and chillies — ingredients not commonly used in the rest of Filipino cooking. Being free from Hispanicization, the cuisine of the indigenous Moro and Lumad peoples of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago has much in common with the rich and spicy Malay cuisines of Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Indonesian and Thai cuisines.

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