Saturday. We got nothing to do at home and so the thought of visiting old places hit me. I decided to convince my mom and my nephew to have a little adventure by visiting some of Cebu’s most historic places. We were still arguing about where to go while we were getting ready and decided to visit Fort San Pedro as our first stop.
I remember when I was little, we used to visit here wit the family. I remember running around, horse playing with my cousins inside this very fortress.
Fort San Pedro – The Oldest Fort in the Philippines
Fuerza de San Pedro or most commonly known as Fort San Pedro in Cebu is said to be the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines. It was built originally with wooden logs by the Spanish and Cebuano laborers, led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, as a military defense structure against the Muslim raiders on the year 1565.
Years later, it served more than a military defense. It was then an army garrison, the American Warwick barracks, and even a classroom for the Cebuano’s formal education in 1937.
The Fort San Pedro covers 2,050 square meters with walls that rise up to 20 feet high and 8 feet thick. It is located in Plaza Independencia, near Pier 1 of Cebu City.
Fort San Pedro Now
As of this writing, the Fort San Pedro is considered as one of Cebu’s Heritage Place that holds so much of the island’s history. Inside is a fortress for local strollers and foreigns who wants to learn more and experience the feels of Cebu’s history.
Just before you enter the Fort, a gallery of pictures hung on the walls at the entrance that depicts the history of Spanish invaders in Cebu. There is an entrance fee of Php 30.00 per pax. Note that Senior Citizens and students are eligible for discounts.
Just when we set foot inside the fortress, we have greeted with music that is played by a blind old man. The fort has a museum full of paintings, sculptures, spanish artifacts, and other bric a brac of the era. My favorite part of the visit was when I entered a room full of photographs of ancient Cebu. I was really amazed seeing the scenes from a long time ago on the parts of Cebu that I’ve been to.
My favorite part of the Fort San Pedro
The triangle shaped fort has 14 cannons installed inside, still there in their respective places, and on each corner stands a turret that then serves as a watchtower.
The overall structure of the fort is simply amazing. It was reconstructed to stones and mortar from the original structure of wooden logs.
How to go there?
If you are coming from the airport, you can hail a taxi to take you to Fort San Pedro. But if you want to commute your way to the fort, you can ride a yellow multicab (PUJ) inside the airport to Opon Mercado and ask your driver to drop you off at the ferry boat dock. Fare from airport to the ferry port is Php 10.00.
The Metro Ferries will transport you from Lapu-Lapu City to Pier 3 in Cebu City. The fare would be Php 14.00 for regular commuters plus Php 1.00 terminal fee, senior citizens and students have discounted fare. The ferry ride will take appoximately 15 to 20 minutes.
As I’ve mentioned, the Fort San Pedro is located just near the port area. A walking distance from Pier 1,2, and 3.
Here’s a location map of the Fort San Pedro.
The trip was actually satisfying and educational. I went home with more knowledge about Cebu’s history and wished that I was as attentive and interested in history when I was still at school. All the exhaustion because of the City’s traffic, dust, smoke from vehicles, and other cirumstances was actually worth it.
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