Magellan's Cross, Cebu City

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    The Cross Planted By The Conquistadors

    by machomikemd Written Apr 10, 2013
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    This is the alleged Cross Planted by the portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magallanes (spanish name is ferdinand magellan) during his first visit to Cebu Province in april 21, 1521 whereby he claimed the islands for the spanish empire (an irony as the philippines was part of the portuguese sphere of influence as negotiated by the Pope for Spain and Poprtugal in the 1500's) and another irony is that a portuguese explorer under the employ of Spain will claim the islands as part of the Empire of Spain. Again, Ferdinand Magellan, erected the original large wooden cross at this location where Cebu's Rajah Humaton, his wife Juana, and 800 followers (who were moslems) were baptised on April 14, 1521 and the first Catholic mass in the Philippines) was celebrated.


    The Cross is located in the Santo Nino Park Area, Facing the Basilica Minore De Santo Nino and the Cebu City Capitol Grounds.

    opens 24/7 and no entrance fee.

    according to wikipedia:

    This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the Spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.[3] Some people, however, believe that the original cross had been destroyed or had disappeared after Magellan's death, and the cross is a replica that was planted there by the Spaniards after they successfully colonized the Philippines.[1][2][4]

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    Picture Taking in Magellan's Cross

    by danyelspips Written Mar 11, 2013
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    This is a special place for me because I have been into a historical place called the "Magellan's Cross"

    It felt like I was with the colonizer "Ferdinand Magellan"

    Little key chains are being sold here by the locals.*

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    Take your souvenir pic at the Magellans Cross

    by paolodecastro Written Oct 10, 2012
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    This is perhaps the most iconic place in Cebu......I always go here everytime i went to Cebu......Its just at the back of PNB Cebu along the Jackosalem Street.....for me thats my Landmark because i use the public transportation here..:)

    There's so many Koreans tourist everytime I go there....so what I did for a change was that I had my picture taken together with too Korean girls...shouting KOREA...:):)

    And with the candle girls...hahaha

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    Magellan's Cross

    by asiantraveler Written Mar 29, 2012

    another interesting spot in Cebu is the Magellan's Cross. Located just across the Bacilica Minore del Sto. Nino along Magallanes St. The original Cross was encased within the wooden cross that is found inside the gazebo like structure chapel. A painting on the ceiling depicts the history of what happened way back. Try to light a candle and say your prayer.

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    Magellan's Cross

    by theguardianangel Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    You should not miss the Magellan’s Cross being the famous landmark in Cebu and having its contribution in the history of the Philippines. This cross was planted as a symbol of the arrival of the Portuguese and Spanish explorers headed by Ferdinand Magellan upon arrival in the city.
    The cross is enclosed on a small hall that stands at the center infront of the City Hall.
    The hall's ceiling has a canvas that portrays the historical event of the cross.

    We recently found out that there's a cheaper souvenir store across the street of the Magellan cross. It's 50%-75% cheaper than the Souvenir island store, but the shirts' quality aren't the same.

    We were residing in Mandaue City, our friend from Cebu advised us to take a cab instead so we can get back on time before the baptismal ceremony of our goddaughter (yeah, she's already my 4th goddaughter).

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    by TrendsetterME Written Feb 8, 2012

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    Located next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street, Magellan's Cross is one of the most popular religious spots in Cebu City .... A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. There is a belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers, and many locals and tourists visit the Cross and light some candles and make wishes for the future ....

    The cross is being ordered and set by Ferdinand Magellan upon his arrival in Cebu in the Philippines ...

    The about 500 years old cross, called Magellan’s Cross is standing in a small chapel cross Cebu City Hall and along Magallanes Street.

    One of the "must see" see places of Cebu City ...

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    Cross my Heart in Cebu

    by IamPam Written Dec 28, 2011

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    Visiting Cebu is not complete without passing by this historical relic which made the Philippines the largest Catholic country in Asia. According to History, upon 1st arriving in the Philippines, Ferdinand Magellan put up a cross in Cebu as a sign of Spain's sovereignty and Christianity as it's new religion.
    It has been said that the original cross that was put up is inside the new one that you can see today. We may not know if it's real or not but it is pretty cool nonetheless.

    The cross is situated near the Basilica De Sto. Nino church so expect a lot of tourist here. It is enclosed in a medium sized gazeebo like structure. Back when I was in elementary, I thought the whole place was huge but that was back then. Anyway, there are ladies holding candles inside the place and will dance for the saints so that your prayers will be answered.

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    Cebu - Magellan's Cross

    by suroyista Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    A wooden cross marks the spot where the first baptism of Filipinos led by Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana were performed in 1521.

    The cross was planted by Spanish navigator Ferdinand Magellan, and it was named after him.

    The cross is not miraculous, of course, but surprisingly some locals are offering flowers, lighting candles and even praying in front of the cross. Hhmm... I wonder what made them do these things?

    This spot can be found right behind the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino. And just few steps from it is the Cebu City Hall.

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    Magellan's Cross

    by kemisteryoso Updated Sep 2, 2011

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    Around 500 years old , A cross was planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to celebrate the baptism into the Roman Catholic religion of Rajah Humabon (leader of Sugbu), his wife, and their followers on1521.It was housed in a small chapel near the Basilica of Sto Nino.
    The original cross is encased on a Tindalo wood to protect it from deterioration etc. It was also believed by many to be miraculous that’s why before people took part of the wood.
    Cebu City Hall now uses the cross as a symbol and the chapel’s image can be found in the city seal.

    You can buy colored candles here for 50 pesos and let some women wearing colorful clothes to dance in front of the cross saying some form of prayer. You will tell them first what are your intentions and their chant will begin.

    It's just hard to take a whole photo of the cross and the ceiling. You need to lie down to have a better view.

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  • Magellan's Cross: A symbol of Filipino Catholicism

    by thescene Written Nov 2, 2010

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    When the explorer Ferdinand Magellan "discovered" the Philippines in the 16th century he brought along a wooden cross which you could say represents the start of Catholicism in this country. THis cross which has since been encased in a bigger cross to protect it is now housed in a small circular structure near the Sto. Nino Basillica. The ceiling of the structure has a mural depicting the events that transpired when Magellan landed in Cebu. A true icon of Cebu and the Philippines.

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    Magellan's Cross

    by schwein Written May 13, 2009

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    Another attraction you may want to see is Magellan's Cross, on Borromeo street, right across from the city hall.

    The great Portuguese seafarer and conquistador brought Christianity to Cebu, and planted a cross.
    This cross is represented by a replica which is further encased in wood, which is available for public viewing inside a purpose built hut. This is because devout believers would often make off with bits off the cross, valued as relics.

    The cross is important because of the symbolism involved... Magellan's Cross marks the incursion of Christianity into Asia, and symbolizes the advent of Western religion and principles on these islands. Magellan's Cross is a worthy destination not because the cross looks particularly interesting, but because it is the marker of an event which heralded the formation of the only Catholic nation in Asia.

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    Magellan's Cross, a History

    by freddie18 Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    Magellan's Cross symbolizes the spot where the first Christian Filipinos were baptized. It is a replica that was planted by Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, during his arrival in Year 1521.

    It is indeed an interesting experience to visit one of Cebu's most famous landmark. There were approximately 400 people who were first baptized on this site including Raja Humabon and his wife Queen Juana.

    Magellan's Cross is a symbol of the city of Cebu and also became the symbol of Roman Catholicism.
    This is a "must see" in Cebu City and one of the most famous tourist attraction in the Philippines.
    Don't ever miss it!

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    Magellan's Cross

    by listenandlearn Written Jan 23, 2009
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    Dear VT’ers:
    Here is what it reads in that plague we took a photo off…We are retyping it as it’s not so easy reading in small prints.
    “THE CROSS OF MAGELLAN
    From time immemorial this spot has been set aside to commemorate the erection of a cross in Cebu by the expedition of Magellan. When King Humabon of Cebu and his Queen, son and daughters, together with some 800 of their subjects were baptized by Father Pedro Valderrama. This hallowed site was improved in 1735 by Rev. Juan Albarran, Prior of San Agustin and in 1834 by Rt. Rev. Santos Gomez Maranon. Bishop of Cebu. The Image of the Santo Nino found by the expedition of Legaspi in a House Near the Present site of the Cathedral of Cebu in venerated by the faithful in the nearby church of San Agustin. – 1941.”

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    Magellan's CrOSS, Sto. Niño church and museum

    by screamcheese Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    I had nothing to do one Sunday morning so I decided to check out Magellan's Cross located near the entrance of the Sto. Niño Church. An old photographer offered to take my picture with his camera but i asked him to use my camera instead. He thought i was Korean and offered to tour me around (with charge). Told him i was Tagalog, which made him tell stories about his former occupation in Manila.

    Then i went inside the Church. It was full of Sto. Niño!! haha..obviously, given the name. I said a little prayer before the mass started then headed to the museum. I was actually looking for the restroom when i saw an arrow that said To the Museum. In it were old costumes of Sto. Nino plus pictures of past festivals and even letters written during the Spanish period.

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    Magellan's Cross

    by gypsysoul73 Written Aug 31, 2007

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    The city of Cebu is the oldest in the Philippines. Among it's many claims to fame are: the nation's first street (Colon), first church (Santo Niño), first fort (Fort San Pedro), and first school (San Carlos). It was here where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan suffered his fate under the sword of Lapu-Lapu shortly after his arrival in 1521, in what came to be known as the Battle of Mactan.

    What you see in the picture is the cross Magellan left behind. It is encased in tindalo wood and housed in a shrine commemorating the early Filipino Christianization and the archipelago's first encounter with the West. Nearby is the Basilica del Santo Niño which was erected by Augustinian Fathers in 1565 making it the first chuch in the Philippines. It was built as a home for the country's oldest religious relic, an image of the Santo Niño or Holy Infant Jesus. The statue is considered miraculous and a blessed replica can be found in practically every Cebuano household, store, and vehicle.

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