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The Magellan's Cross

Planted by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand magellan for the glory of Spain in 1521. This marks the spot where the first Christian Filipinos were baptized. The original cross is now encased in Tindalo to protect it from the further deterioration and housed in a monument shrine.

Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on April 21, 1521.

This cross is housed in a small 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 hall of Cebu City. A sign below the cross claims that the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of this chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for sourvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Magellan's Cross is a symbol of Cebu City and the chapel's image can be found in its city seal. It is also seen as the symbol of Roman Catholicism and a tourist attraction in the Philippines




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Camotes Island - Long stretches of white sand beaches plus an exciting waterfall and Bukilat Cavern.
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Olango Bird Sanctuary, Olango, Cebu - Features the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the country and serves as a refueling station as well as wintering ground for the birds.
Nalusuan Island & Marine Sanctuary - Famous for astounding presence of marine life and is a superb area for different Olango Reef, Cordova, Cebu aqua sports activities.

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