Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UP Diliman: Fallen Fire Trees

I went to UP Diliman last Friday to enroll myself as a special student once again. I knew I had to bring my camera with me because I had been wanting to photograph the campus' brilliantly red fire trees. I think it's the closest thing we have to Japan's cherry blossoms.

I found the fire trees, yes. But due to the strong winds during the past couple of days, the blooms of the trees had already fallen to the ground. Still, I clicked away. And here be the results.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Cebu: Fort San Pedro

The third destination in what turned out to be our historical tour of Cebu City is Fort San Pedro. The fort is in an area now known as Plaza Independencia, just walking distance from the Basilica de Sto. Niño and Magellan's Cross. Facing the front entrance of the basilica, walk down the street to your left. After about three blocks, you'll find the plaza and the fort's walls.

Fort San Pedro, Cebu

There is an entrace fee of 21 pesos. Well worth it, I think. The place is well-maintained (too maintained, if you ask me). They've developed the interiors into some sort of a park. Good thing the structures are still there. One old-looking building has been turned into a museum. Pity it was closed when we visited.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cebu: the Cross and the Basilica

After visiting Bantayan Island in northern Cebu province, we made sure we also visited some of the more touristy sites of Cebu City proper. Hey, it has to be done. My goal was to find as much old Spanish Cebu as I can get. It is a very historical city this one. In fact, Cebu was for a time the capital of the Spanish colony here. Luckily, it did not disappoint.

Basilica de Santo Niño, Cebu

First on our list, is, of course, Magellan's Cross. The first time I saw this landmark was in grade school, in a history textbook. So, walking into the small stone kiosk that houses it was actually the first time I was beholding it. Well, I expected something taller, but hey, it's tall enough.