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.
Location
Address: Colon Street, Parian Plaza, Cebu, Philippines
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Cebu City and Mactan Coach Bus Tour

Explore Cebu City and Mactan on this full-day tour covering the area's cultural, historic, and religious sites. Stops include Cebu's Heritage of Cebu Monument, Magellan's Cross, and the Phillipine Taoist Monument as well as Mactan Island's Minument of Lapu Lapu and the Alegre guitar factory. Midday, stop for a buffet lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cebu City included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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USD36.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Half-Day Cebu Landmarks and Historical Tour

Self-driving the Philippines’ second city is a recipe for parking hell. Discover the signature historic sights of colonial-era Cebu with a private driver/guide on this door-to-door half-day tour. See the Magellan Cross, Fort San Pedro, the Basilica del Santo Niño, the Cebu Heritage Monument, the Yap Sandiego Ancestral house, and the Taoist Temple, then enjoy a shopping stop at some handicraft stores. Please note: tour excludes entrance fees.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD37.32
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Cebu and Lapu-Lapu Cultural Tour

Avoid the parking hassles of self-drive and immerse in Philippines history on this cultural door-to-door day tour with private driver/guide—for in-depth guiding, request on booking. Start at the Basilica del Santo Niño and Magellan’s Cross; progress to Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and Fort San Pedro; visit a Taoist temple, the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, the Cebu Heritage Monument, and Museo Sugbo. Finally, tour a guitar factory and the Magellan Shrine.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Hour Small Group Cebu City Tour

The Queen City of the South is rich in history and culture, but exploring on your own can be a hassle and costly. Learn about Cebu’s heritage in this easy and inexpensive shared tour of 12 people or less. Highlights include Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, Colon Street, Philippine Taoist Temple, and the Heritage of Cebu Monument. Pickup and drop-off at a central location is included for added convenience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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USD18.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach

See the top attractions in Cebu City with an informative guide on a 4-hour afternoon sightseeing tour. Visit sites such as the Taoist Temple, Cebu Provincial Capitol Hall, Fuente Osmena Circle, Sergio Osmena Old House, Colon Street and Heritage of Cebu Monument. See one of the oldest homes in the Philippines, the Yap–Sandiego Ancestral House, built in the late 1600s. Hear about the Portugese explorer Magellan’s time in Cebu when you see Magellan’s Cross and the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, which houses a relic presented in 1521 to Queen Juana by Magellan.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD30.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Cebu City Tour

Get a comprehensive tour of Cebu city in just half a day with a guide to show you all the most important landmarks. This ambitious tour includes a carefully curated itinerary, ensuring you won't miss a single thing. Experience some of the Philippines' best shopping, as well as historical sites such as Magellan's Cross, Fort San Pedro, the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills, and others.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD55.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Cebu City Tour with Fort San Pedro and Hotel Transport

Tick off Cebu’s sights with ease on a half-day city tour by air-conditioned coach—a convenient way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll visit the colonial Fort San Pedro, the Cebu Heritage Monument, and Colon Street. For added convenience, hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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3 Days and 2 Nights in Cebu

Fly to your city destinations with fast ferries and domestic flights. The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming mega-cities, graffiti-splashed 'jeepneys', volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsier, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy people. Cebu is the hub around which the Visayas revolve.This is one of the most prosperous regions in the country – the 2016 growth rate was 8.8%, considerably higher than the national average. Tourism numbers are booming, Cebu draws almost two million foreign travellers a year. The island's prime attractions are its white-sand beaches and spectacular diving, chiefly off the northern tip of Cebu at Malapascua and down on the southwest coast at Moalboal. And don't ignore much-maligned Cebu City, which has lively bars, emerging eateries and burgeoning retail appeal. Explore the Islands of Cebu. So please ready your cameras and Go Pro for best captured pictures as to visit the places of the Philippines. Enjoy and lets go have some fun!
  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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