Historical and cultural attractions in Cebu
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is located in Lapu-Lapu City, known as the Historic Resort City in Cebu. In and around Lapu-Lapu, you will find remnants of the country's history from Datu Lapu-Lapu's famed battle in Mactan to the beginning of the Spanish colonial period.
Cultural and historical tours can be arranged through a local guide, stationed within the hotel's premises.
Lapu-Lapu Shrine and Magellan's Cross
In Punta Engaño, Lapu Lapu City stands a 20-foot bronze statue in honour of Datu Lapu Lapu, a native chieftain who defeated Spanish soldiers and killed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan in 1521. This monument stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery.
Magellan’s Cross was placed in Magallanes St. in Cebu City on 14 April 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan. It is believed to be the spot where the first Christian Filipinos – Rajah Humabon, Queen Juana and about 400 followers were baptised by Fr. Pedro Valderama.
Churches in Cebu
The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, commonly known as Basilica del Santo Niño, is a 16th century minor basilica located in downtown Cebu. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, built on the spot where you can find the image of Santo Niño de Cebu. It is a statue depicting the Holy Child Jesus that was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The statue is permanently encased in bulletproof glass, is clothed in a distinctive red manto, and bears a regalia that includes a gold crown, globus cruciger, and a sceptre.
Casa Gorordo Museum
Located in 35 Lopez Jeana St, Cebu City, the Casa Gorodo Museum was home to the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu. The museum takes you on a journey of the Filipino lifestyle from 1860 to 1920. The place features notable paintings, museum relics, antique household items and furniture pieces.
Events in Cebu
Be part of Cebu's most festive celebrations that are also attended by tourists from different parts of the globe.
- The Sinulog is an annual festival held every January in Cebu City. The festival commemorates the Visayan people’s history and transition to Roman Catholic faith. One of the main highlights of the festivity is a street parade in honor of the Sto. Niño, wherein participants come in bright colored costumes, paint their faces, and dance along the rhythm and beat of the drums, trumpets and native gongs.
- The festival of Kadaugan sa Mactan, celebrated in the month of April, pays tribute to the Cebuano history and culture, which dates back to Magellan’s defeat by Lapu-Lapu in Mactan Shrine.