Cebu Heritage Monument, Cebu City

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Gaze upon the towering Cebu Heritage Monument, an imposing structure depicting events throughout the history of Cebu. Cement, bronze, steel, and iron form a tableau of sculptures showing important scenes from the city's exciting past. Multi-award-winning sculptor Eduardo Castrillo conceptualized the monument, which was unveiled in December 2000. Located in the same place as the original Plaza Parian, the monument portrays structures including the Basilica del Santo Niño and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as scenes from the Battle of Mactan between Lapu-Lapu and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Plan to visit Cebu Heritage Monument and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Cebu City attractions using our Cebu City travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    sculptor Eduardo Castillo died in 2016. His work can be found across the country, and some also appears abroad. Castillo was known for his work with metal, as well as non-traditional materials such as plexiglas, neon lamps, ivory and wood, according to his website. Although he was famous for sculpting public landmarks, did Castillo also functional art, jewelry, Gallery and installations.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This place is right adjacent to the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home. The whole monument can basically explain to you the history of cebu. It was well made, I have nothing but high praises to the artist o...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    To be honest nothing great to take in. Just another monument to the history of forced conversion of the locals to Catholicism.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Best for tourists. Be here and witness history as it happen.
  • December 19, 2016
    Wish there were more plaques there explaining the different sections of the monument
  • October 3, 2016
    Probably the most beautiful landmark in the entire province of Cebu. It is basically Cebuano History summarized and turned into a monument. It includes bigger than life statues of Lapu-Lapu, Magellan, Pres. Sergio Osmeña, etc... The sculpture is very accesible. It is located at the very navel of barangay Parian. If you're coming from Ayala, just simply ride a 13c bound for Colon Street and tell the driver to drop you to Parian. I hate it when people keeps saying, "there's not much to do here." Of course there is not much to do cause you are going to a monument not an adventure park. SMH. Having said that, simply ready your camera and shoot all angles of the monument. Tip 1: Each sides of the monument tells a different story... Tip 2: This is not the safest place in Cebu, take care of your belongings while taking pictures Tip 3: There are three famous old house near here. Go check em out! Hehe
  • May 9, 2016
    Walked by it on a Monday. Some impressive, larger than life statues there. They make a wonderful photo opportunity.
  • June 23, 2016
    impressive monument, high level of artistry and craftmanship

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The most popular place to stay in Cebu City remains uptown, particularly around the university district near Junquera Street station. Here you'll find a good range of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses of varying quality, but with a well-established base level representing value for money. Further north, look along Dalan Osmena to find a good number of standard and luxury hotels located north and south of the roundabout. The downtown area has more closely knitted streets, with just a few guesthouses located along primarily residential roads.
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