Magellan’s Cross offers indulgence to Catholic faithful

Augustinian friar Santos Gomez Marañon, who served as bishop of Cebu from 1829 to 1840, granted the Magellan’s Cross plenary indulgence to those who pray before it every Feast of the Triumph of the Cross on September 14. The indulgence is gained by praying the Creed. For those unfamiliar with Catholic teachings, an indulgence is…

Is the original really encased inside Magellan’s Cross?

No, according to several historians. The panel placed at the foot of the cross makes two astonishing claims: that it contains the original Magellan’s Cross and that it was planted by the Portuguese explorer on that very spot. Neither claim holds up to close scrutiny. It is also interesting to note that the commemorative marker…

Cebu News Digest for Jan. 8, 2016: Labella to limit bleachers along Carousel route; Duterte visits Cebu, tells Cebuanos to look at his deeds, not words

CHANGES. The Cebu City Government will implement changes on the parade route in a bid to make the celebration safer. (Photo by Rolando Pascua, published with the permission of the Sinulog Foundation, Inc.)

Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says they will implement changes for this year’s Sinulog celebration to make it safer. The City will also form a Task Force Carousel to make sure the changes are implemented.

Cebu News Digest for Jan. 7, 2016: Thousands join Walk With Jesus to mark start of Fiesta Señor; ‘desperate love’ led to baby’s kidnapping; budget war continues in Cebu City Council

WALK WITH JESUS. The penitential walk from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño marks the start of the religious celebration of Sinulog 2016. (Photo by Anthony Leuterio)

The religious celebration of the Fiesta Señor started early this morning with a penitential walk by Sto. Niño devotees from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.

Strong earthquake destroys, damages Bohol, Cebu heritage structures

BASILICA MINORE DEL SANTO NIÑO. The belfry of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño crumbled during this morning's earthquake. (Photo by Bernie Arellano posted in his Instagram account)

A strong 7.2 earthquake hit Cebu and Bohol at 8:00 this morning and reports have been coming in of lives lost as well as damage and destruction to commercial buildings and residential houses. It’s heartbreaking. I saw pictures of collapsed or damaged public markets in Pasil and Carbon in Cebu City, Mandaue City; commercial buildings…

Cebu heritage walk showcases island’s history

This cross of tindalo wood is said to encase what remains of the cross planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan on Cebu soil when he arrived in the island in 1521.

What tourists should include in their Cebu to do list is go on a heritage walk. Cebu City’s downtown area is a heritage belt of old churches, houses, and other structures that date back to its colonial Spanish past spanning no less than 300 years. These places are of walking distance from each other and…

More people join RAFI’s 2011 Gabii sa Kabilin

ORCHESTRA. The Marigondon Public School Children’s Orchestra perform on the grounds of the Casa Gorordo Museum during the Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. Click on image to view larger photograph. (PHOTO BY RAFI)

More than 2,500 participants attended the fifth annual Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. This is a significant increase from the 1,800 participants last year, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. said in a press statement. At the same time, the Gabii sa Kabilin featured 11 museums and seven heritage sites, which are more than the…