This trip was really unforgettable for me. One of the reasons was the thing about me being able to ride an airplane for the first time in my 20 years of existence in this world! And It was really a new experience for me. I’m not kidding and I was really afraid when the plane was about to take off, I felt my knees tremble and my palms became sweaty cold. And when the plane was high soaring up, my tummy felt like there were hundreds of butterflies inside it, so good I did not vomit inside the plane, it will be embarrassing. In Cebu City, we traveled from town to town to visit various churches, unfortunately, some of them are under reconstruction because of the earthquake that ruined them. Most of the churches in that place were hundred years of age and was built decades ago. I saw the cracks and the ruins of some belfries, a proof that the quake was so devastating. Seeing the cracked buildings, roads, and some homeless individuals made me realize that I was lucky enough to not experience a terrible thing like that. despite I cannot help them through material things, a prayer will always be powerful. Now, the people of Cebu were doing their best to reconstruct and restore the damaged buildings. I believe that they can surpass that challenge because they have a strong faith to the Creator.
Three days worth of walk is really tiring but at the same time fulfilling.
I love the peace sign yey! Sitting in front of a church was such a nice thing to do. I was only able to see this place on TV, but here I am! 😀
He was standing in front of a church wherein the belfry was being reconstructed.
Most of the churches in the city were greatly damaged by the earthquake last year. Even the church of Sto.Nino was not spared.
The actual image of the Sto.Nino that was brought by the Spaniards from Spain to the Philippines. According to Philippine history books, the king of Spain gave this image to the wife of Haring Humabon (Carlos) and baptized her with the name of Juana from Amihan. The image was said to be miraculous that when the whole tribe was burned, it remained whole.
A detailed carving on cement was beautifully placed on the walls at the back of the church. This was prettier than the ones carved near my place. Filipinos were really talented.
This plaza became the grounds for the holy mass, it was outside the Sto. Nino church which was still under construction. It was filled with hundreds of people that attends the mass.
It is a pain in the heart to see this church like this. It was old and damaged. The cultural heritage of Cebu was threatened by a natural disaster.
The church of Guadalupe, with me in front of course.
This cross of Tindalo wood encases the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan on that very site on April 21, 1521. Amazing. Really. At first, I forgot that we were in Cebu, and also forgot this thing, but there I saw it with my very eyes and not from textbooks or internet.
(Dates of Visit: April 10-12, 2014)