Magellan's Cross

If last year's trip to Northern Mindanao made it possible to have a side trip to Iligan City and check out Ma. Cristina Falls, then this trip to Cebu wouldn't have been complete without a visit to another one of the most important landmarks in the Philippines which I only used to read about from my grade school Sibika books - the Magellan's Cross.

magellans cross

A brief background: The cross was brought in Cebu and planted by no other than Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. It marks the arrival of Christianity here in the Philippines.

Magellan's Cross is located beside Basilica del Sto. Niño fronting the city hall.

city hall

This small octagonal shaped chapel was built in 1834 to house the cross.

magellans cross

The cross you see inside the chapel is not the original one.

the cross
Tindalo wood casing

It was explained here:


These unlighted candles are offerings placed at the foot of the cross. If you have a prayer request, you can buy candles from the ladies in yellow shirt outside the chapel. They will then perform their dance ritual in front of the cross holding the candles you bought.

offered candles

the gang
the gang

 sto nino church
Basilica del Sto. Niño. 

The church grounds is very busy even on a  Monday afternoon. 

red candles


basilica del sto nino

pilgrim center
The Pilgrim Center

On our way back to the van, we bought some souvenir.

i look like a vendor here. (with matching 'bimpo')

vina's pasalubong

do people do crazy things like this in 1521?