Cebu City is regarded as the oldest city in the Philippines and is rich in historical attractions that serve as monuments to the city’s tumultuous past. One of these is the Fort San Pedro or the Fuerza de San Pedro in Spanish. It is said to be the smallest and oldest triangular stronghold fort in the Philippines. It’s apparently a small version of the Intramuros in Manila that was built to ward off Muslim raiders who would plunder the coastal villages in the island.
The fort started under Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s rule in 1565 with logs, wood and mud to hold the fort together. It took 200 years to completely finish construction in 1738. It then became home to many Filipino revolutionaries, an American Warwick Barrack and acted as a fortification to Japanese soldiers. From that alone, you can sense the beauty of the old and ruined monuments of the fort. In 1950, the Cebu Garden Club took over the fort and turned it into a garden with their upper deck for government offices. By 1968, two towers were the only things left that made the fort recognizable. Tedious and timely restoration efforts started as coral stones were hauled from under Cebu’s coastal areas to be used as match the original appearance of the fort. By 1970, the entire facade, main building, walkway and the observatory garden were fully restored. [Read more…]