March 16, 1521: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed on Cebu and on April  21, 1521, he planted the Christian Cross, now known as “Magellan’s Cross” to signify the conversion from paganism to Roman Catholic faith. It is found inside a small chapel or a “kiosk” along Magallanes Street, near the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and across the City Hall of Cebu.  However, the original cross is encased in another wooden cross to preserve it.

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Wide angle shot of the little “kiosk” and the people around.

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A closer look.

Several locals surrounding it sell candles and other religious accessories. A plaque situated at the entrance reads “From time immemorial this spot has been set aside to commemorate the erection of a cross in Cebu by the Expedition of Magellan…”

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A sort of “nice to knows” placed on the base of the cross.

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Under Magellan’s Cross with my older brother, Chris (far right) and our friend, Nene, in the middle.

The Magellan’s Cross may not be something so spectacular for some. But its significance is important especially to the Cebuanos. It marked the beginning of something big – Christianity! 8)