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…

Yap-Sandiego ancestral home: Soul of old Cebu

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home holds the distinction of being one of the oldest houses in the Philippines and possibly the oldest Chinese home outside of China. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)

The house exudes the essence of a bygone era, a time already lived and long forgotten. You can feel it in the creaking of the wooden stairs and floorboards that sigh the burden of the years. You can see it in the second floor banggera–an extended windowsill that continues to hold a clay jar for…