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Walking tour of Downtown Cebu City
« on: January 30, 2013, 06:29:20 AM »
For your walking tour,
 
  • Catch a taxi or walk from your accommodation to Pier 1.
  • Start at Pier 1. Just to get a glimpse of the shipping. You will see fast ferries and roll on roll off ferries. If you walk far enough along Pier 1, sometimes you will see motor yachts docked.
  • Fort San Pedro is right next to Pier 1, so check it out next. It is the original site of Spanish occupation in the Philippines, Originally a wooden fort built in 1565, it is now made of stone. It has a museum on site. It has toilets inside. Bring your own toilet paper.
  • In front of Fort San Pedro is the Plaza Independencia. It is crowded with Filipinos on Sunday but relatively empty every other day. You won't notice it but there is a tunnel under Plaza Independencia to assist with the flow of traffic from Cebu City to Talisay City on the SRP, otherwise know as the Cebu Coast Road.
  • From there you can walk to Carbon Markets, passing Malacañang of the South on the way. Malacañang of the South is on the other side of the road to Plaza Independencia on M.C. Briones.
  • Carbon Markets is along M.C. Briones. Shop for bargains if you want. In the Carbon markets area, you will see Calesas, otherwise known as Tartanillas (horse drawn carriages). You can pay to go for a ride.
  • Back track slightly along M.C. Briones and go along D. Jakosalem Street. Until you can see the Magellan's Cross dome to the right. The original cross was planted there in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, just before he popped over to Mactan island and got himself killed by Lapu Lapu. The original cross is still there but is now encased in tindalo wood to protect it.
  • After checking out the cross, move inside the adjacent Sto Niño Basilica. The original church was built in 1565 but burnt down twice. The current church building was constructed in the 18th Century. There is a huge amount of artwork to check out plus it is the location of the Sto Niño doll. The doll of the baby Jesus. There is always a long line up of Filipinos waiting to pray in front of it. If it is a while since you have been to the Basilica, you will not know that they moved all the prayer candle holders out of the open square inside the church and relocated them outside. The open square inside the church has been redeveloped with statues, seating and a fountain. There is a museum on site. There are toilets near the museum and toilets inside the church on the far side of the open square from the Sto Niño doll, at the end of the corridor where most of the painted art work is located. Bring your own toilet paper.
  • After Sto Niño Basilica, walk out the main entrance and straight along the short Zamora Street to Legaspi Street. You will then be at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. To get inside turn right into Legaspi Street and go in the nearest entrance.
  • After Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, you can stop off at the Archdiocesan Museum next to the cathedral.
  • Continue past the Archdiocesan Museum along Mabini Street street until it becomes Sikatuna Street. This occurs on the corner of Colon and Sikatuna. At this corner, you will be able to see the Heritage of Cebu nearby.
  • The Heritage of Cebu is a huge statue in the shape of a ship's bow. With statues of historical figures on the sides.
  • From Heritage of Cebu, you will be able to see Sandiego Yap Ancestral House. It is an old wooden building on the corner. It houses a huge amount of historical artefacts.
  • After Sandiego Yap Ancestral House turn the corner into L Jaena Street. Walk about one block and you will be at the Casa Gorordo Museum. It is the home of the Philippines first Filipino bishop, Bishop Gorordo. The house is set up as it may have been in the nineteenth century. It has toilets and a gift shop in a separate building on the grounds. Bring your own toilet paper.
It is an easy walk.

Distance to walk from Pier One to Casa Gorordo is about 2 kilometres or a bit more than a 1 mile.
 
How long it takes will be completely up to you! If you take the time to stop and read every sign and look at every artefact, it will take all day. If you want to just breeze past everything, you may take as little as an hour.
 
I have personally tested the route several times. By myself and in a group. In a group, the tour was 4 hours, with a 40 minute lunch stop at Sunburst, which is a restaurant near the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It specialises in fried chicken but has many other cheap dining choices. If you want to go to Sunburst, turn left into Legaspi Street instead of turning right, after walking along Zamora Street. 
 
From Casa Gorordo, if it is inconvenient to walk back to your accommodation, walk back to Colon. There are many taxis on Colon that will use the meter. Do not walk back to Pier 1, even though you will have noticed many taxis there. The taxis at Pier 1 will not usually use the meter.   However, if you want to walk back to Pier 1, continue along  L Jaena Street to the end. Turn right into M.J. Cuenco Avenue. Walk along M.J. Cuenco Avenue to the Plaza Independencia. Turn Left into the Legaspi Extension and walk down to pier 1. The total length of this trip, from Pier 1 back to Pier 1, will be about 3 kilometres or 2 miles.
 
Use this map to help you with the walking tour
 
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Re: Walking tour of Downtown Cebu City
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 03:02:58 PM »
Thanks for the information and the map.  I copied the map for my info.
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Re: Walking tour of Downtown Cebu City
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 08:57:32 PM »
Thanks for posting the map.

Here is a link to an interactive map of Cebu City where you can put your mouse on it and pull it around to find your way around. http://www.ilink.ph/view_map.php
I have also found this map very helpful in finding my way around.
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Re: Walking tour of Downtown Cebu City
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 01:53:45 PM »
Thanks for posting the map.

Here is a link to an interactive map of Cebu City where you can put your mouse on it and pull it around to find your way around. http://www.ilink.ph/view_map.php
I have also found this map very helpful in finding my way around.

 
Thankyou!
 
I personally don't need it as I have a map of Cebu City in my head. But other may use it
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