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  • Address: Colon Street, Parian Plaza, Cebu, Philippines

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Cebu Heritage Monument Tours

Conceptualized by local award-winning sculptor Eduardo Castillo and unveiled in 2000, Cebu Heritage Monument is a brass, bronze, and steel monolith that showcases the country’s history in giant form. Telling a story of colonization and occupation, visit the monument to learn about the Philippines’ centuries-long struggle for freedom. 

Dominating the heart of the monument is the sculpture of the Spanish galleon ship that carried explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew to 16th-century Cebu. Magellan’s arrival marked the beginning of the colonization of the Philippines, though on the night of April 21, 1521, local chieftain Lapu-Lapu ended up killing him in the Battle of Mactan, and Cebu Heritage Monument depicts this event too. 

From Spanish sailboats to men preparing for battle, Cebu Heritage Monument is hyper masculine, though there are touches of color, with the red, white, and blue of the Philippine flag splashed across one corner of the monument. 

Based in Plaza Parian in front of the Chapel of San Juan Bautista, the Philippines’ religious history is also carved into this monument. See the the conversion of Rajah Humabon — one of the first indigenous converts to Roman Catholicism — to Christianity. Spot a statue of the blessed Saint Pedro Calungsod, a giant cross, a representation of Cebu City’s first Mass, and depictions of Cebu City’s Basilica del Santo Niño, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and San Juan Bautista Parish Church.

Practical Info

A short walk from Colon Street in the center of Plaza Parian, there is no fee for entering the enclosure housing the statue, but donations are welcome.

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Half-Day Cebu City Tour, Cebu, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Half-Day Cebu City Tour

This 4-hour tour allows you to discover the charm of Cebu's major landmarks and churches, in addition to the fantastic shopping.

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Private Full-Day Cebu and Lapu-Lapu Cultural Tour, Cebu, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Full-Day Cebu and Lapu-Lapu Cultural Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover Cebu Cultural and History by taking this private Cebu and Lapu-Lapu day tour. Learn about the history of Philippines at Fort San Pedro, Museo Sugbo ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Cebu City Tour with Fort San Pedro and Hotel Transport, Cebu, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Cebu City Tour with Fort San Pedro and Hotel Transport

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

Tour Cebu's rich past with century old churches, the iconic Magellan Cross and Fort San Pedro. Drive thru the country's oldest Colon Street, Cebu Heritage ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach, Cebu, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

This afternoon Cebu city tour includes visits to some of Cebu's most famous landmarks. View important areas such as Taoist Temple and Cebu Provincial Capitol ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Cebu City and Mactan Coach Bus Tour, Cebu, Bus & Minivan Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Cebu City and Mactan Coach Bus Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Touring around Cebu City and Mactan now made easy and inexpensive in a air-conditioned coach bus. Make new friends while on the tour, enjoy the city's ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.00
3-Hour Small Group Cebu City Tour, Cebu, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

3-Hour Small Group Cebu City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Touring around Cebu City made easy and inexpensive. Make new friends while on a shared tour, enjoy the city’s historic, religious and cultural sites. In Cebu ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.00
Private Half-Day Cebu Landmarks and Historical Tour, Cebu, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Half-Day Cebu Landmarks and Historical Tour

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

Join the private half-day tour during your holiday in Cebu and visit the historical places and notable landmarks with the experienced English-speaking guide. ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.33

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