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Mactan Getaway

A February 2007 trip to Cebu by writeonthespot

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Quote: Mactan is a tiny speck in the Visayas map, but it has a large part in history.

Mactan Getaway

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Mactan may just be about 62-square kilometer small, the size of Newark, yet this small island off the shore of Cebu plays a significant role in the colorful Philippine history. If we travel back in time, Mactan created a stir when Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan docked on its shores in 1521 while on search for the “spice island”. The local chieftain then, named Lapu-Lapu, refused to bow to any king or foreigner, which led to a bloody battle and eventually to the death of Magellan. Beyond history, Mactan is a major player in Cebu’s development as well as of the whole country. This tiny bit of coral island is the gateway to the Visayas region of the Philippines. An international airport is found...Read More

Shangri-La Mactan Isl Resort

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Hotel | "Shangri-la Mactan"

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The international hotel chain Shangri-la recently built Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa that has become a favorite among tourists. It recently hosted the ASEAN Summit, accommodating heads of states and government officials from the region. International and national media were housed in Shangri-la for various global events held in this hotel.Shangri-la is popular among travelers and health buffs because of its Chi Spa which has been highly acclaimed internationally. It is isolated from the hotel giving Spa goers a relaxed and serene environment. It has two pools, the main pool found at the center of the hotel grounds and the Ocean Wing pool which is nearer the seaside. Apart from the...Read More

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Shangri-La Mactan Isl Resort
Punta Engano Rd.
Cebu, Philippines
+63 (32) 231-0288

Islands Souvenirs

Attraction | "Islands Souvenir"

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When it comes to shopping for souvenir items or delicacies to take home with you, Islands Souvenirs in the Philippines would have something available for you. It was founded by the young entrepreneur Jay Aldeguer, who is a native of Cebu. His little shop has blossomed and can now be found in major cities and malls throughout the Philippines. So successful was the concept that it has now its Islands Souvenirs shops in Singapore, Macau, Japan, and the USA. Islands Souvenirs’ bright and neon-colored shops are very attractive to tourists. Its Pasalubong Center in Mactan must be the largest there is. A big colored drawing of a girl in Hawaiian skirt greets visitors to the shop. Main souvenir ite...Read More

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Islands Souvenirs
Pasalubong Center, Marigondon Road
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
032 340 8881

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Before the only means to cross the Cebu Strait was through a small boat that will take one from the ports of Mandaue to the ports of Mactan. Then the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge was built. I remembered passing through this bridge when I first came to Cebu in 1997. Now, a decade after, another bridge is passable to get people to transport from Mactan to Cebu. The second bridge is the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, named after a statesman who came from Cebu. The Marcelo Fernan Bridge is much longer than the first bridge. It looks more modern in architectural and engineering design. Cables are place on either side of the bridge just like the European suspension bridges. From the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, motorists can se...Read More

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Marcelo Fernan Bridge

Cebu, Philippines

Santo Niño Basilica

Attraction | "Sto. Niño Basilica"

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Ever heard the story how the figure of the Holy Child Jesus, or Santo Niño, found its way in the Philippine shores? It was said that the figure was given as a gift to the wife of the local chieftain. Then, when a fire struck it was said that the figure was found unburned and still intact, a miracle that was instrumental in the conversion of the local tribes into Christianity. The said figure is believed to be the same figure that is kept inside the Sto. Niño Basilica. Locals and believers from other towns, islands and countries flock to the Cathedral to visit the Sto, Niño which is also a miraculous one. During its feast day, usually celebrated with a Sinulog Festival every first month of ...Read More

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Santo Niño Basilica

Cebu, Philippines

Magellan's Cross

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Another landmark in the city of Cebu is the Magellan’s Cross, just a stone throw away from the Sto. Niño Basilica. Magellan’s Cross is called as such because it is the original wooden cross that Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted when he arrived in Cebu. Because of the effects of time, weather and other external factors, it could not be avoided that the wooden cross would be subject to wear and tear. To preserve this historic landmark, the original cross was cast with wooden planks. At present, the cross is housed in a small octagonal shaped structure. It has wide windows that let light shine through. The ceiling has a narrative painting of that fateful day with Magellan, alon...Read More

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Magellan's Cross

Cebu, Philippines