Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro or Fuerza de San Pedro is a military defense structure, built by Spanish and Cebu locals during the Spanish regime in the Philippines.  It is located inside the park called - Plaza Independencia, near the Pier 1 of Cebu City.  
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines

It was known that Fort San Pedro got its name from Miguel Lopéz de Legazpi’s flagship “San Pedro during his voyage in the Pacific Ocean. He was the first Spanish governor of the Philippines then.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
I have so many fond memories at Fort San Pedro.  Our family used to frequent the place when we’re much younger as it was just beside another historic place we used to go  to- the Plaza Independencia .
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
We go there after Sunday masses and have lunch picnics at the Fort San Pedro grounds.  I really haven’t thought of the place nowadays as more avenues compete with the place in terms of modern attraction and entertainment.  But Fort San Pedro will always be the best place to be when you think of heritage tours.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
We went there last May 12, 2011 and it still evokes a lot of memories.  The entrance fee is now P30, just a minimal amount to be able to rediscover Cebu's rich history.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines

Upon entering the fort one can see pictures of the founding of Cebu on the right side,
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
and pictures of Fort San Pedro in the past on the left.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
After passing through the main corridors of the Fort you'll be greeted by the courtyard of the Fort.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines

and its lush gardens. . .
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines

There is a museum inside the Fort San Pedro, but it was closed when we went there.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
In the second floor, one can find one of the three Bastions; namely La Concepción (SW), Ignacio de Loyola (SE), and San Miguel (NE)
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
It still is a place that interests the foreign tourists. I saw many Koreans and Europeans grazing the grounds, taking pictures. 
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
Couples also frequent the place for budget and quiet dates.  I saw students filming an act which is part of the history of the Philippines during the Spanish era and barkadas just hanging out and taking pictures.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
After all these years, Fort San Pedro is still pretty much a vibrant place.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
With the Fort’s interesting architecture
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines

long pathways, 
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
and beautiful gardens, 
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
the place is a haven for wedding photo ops. 
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
I saw one wedding entourage on that day.  Such a romantic moment in such a romance-filled place!
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
Quite interesting too is the orange clay-tiled roof headquarter of the  lieutenant of the Fort called "Vivende del Teniente", which is reminiscent of the Spanish-themed homes in the Pari-an area of Cebu City.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
Atop the Fort, you can have a nice view of the Plaza Independencia park.
Plaza Independencia, Cebu City, Philippines
You can see lots of cannons on almost every nook too.
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
Beside the Fort San Pedro is the Cebu Central Post Office and beside the post office is the “Malacañang sa Sugbo” which used to house the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo whenever she visits Cebu.
Cebu Central Post Office, Cebu City
On the farther end of Fort San Pedro is the Port of Cebu and on the northern side you can see the entrance to the SRP tunnel (actually below these lampposts).

Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
A Brief History of Fort San Pedro
Fuerza de San Pedro 
The smallest, oldest triangular bastion fort in the country was built in 1738 to repel Muslim raiders. In turn, it served as a stronghold for Filipino revolutionaries near the end of the 19'th Century. This served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. The fort is triangular in shape, with two sides facing the sea and the third side fronting the land.

Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
In February 1, 1998, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain visited Fort San Pedro in commemoration of the Centennial Celebrations of the Philippine Independence from Spain.

Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
How to get there:
You can ride taxicabs from any point in Cebu (as of this writing the flagdown rate is P40 and 2.50 onwards). 

You can also ride jeepneys for a fare of P7.50.  If you are riding at the SM terminal take a jeepney with 08F code or you may ask the jeep conductors and dispatchers for the jeep that ply the route to Plaza Independencia or  look for the Plaza sign on the windshield of the jeepney.  Taking this route, you’ll have to take a 5 minute walk across the Plaza Independencia because there is no jeep that drops you right in front of the Fort San Pedro.

The Fort San Pedro opens at 8:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm daily.


Entrance Fee as of this writing is only P30 pesos.


You can contact them at +63 32 2562284, +63 32 4167080
or E-mail them at fortsanpedro_cebucity@yahoo.com


Adto ta bai! (Let's go bai!)

(“Bai” is a Cebuano word for Friend, pal, mate, or dude, but has become a generic or common term to denote anyone in a friendly Cebuano way)

Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines
See map below to view location of Fort San Pedro



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