The Cebu Heritage Monument on Old Pari-an Plaza

One of the more modern reminders to Cebu's rich cultural heritage and history is the Cebu Heritage Monument built on the original Plaza Pari-an at the Pari-an district which used to be the center of trade and culture in Spanish-era Cebu City.

Pari-an is also Cebu's old Chinatown district where Chinese traders abound in the past. The idea for the memorial was conceptualized by Eduardo Castrillo, a multi-awarded sculptor. The monument was constructed between 1997 and 2000. The inauguration was done on December 8, 2000.

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
The Heritage Monument on Plaza Pari-an

What You Will See at the Cebu Heritage Monument

The Cebu Heritage Monument is a mammoth structure and depicts several significant events in the very rich history of the Philippines' oldest city. These events are the Battle of Mactan, the conversion of Rajah Humabon from paganism to Christianity, the local revolt against Spanish colonial rule, the Cebuano's deep reverence and veneration to the holy image of the Sto. Nino, and the beatification of the second Filipino saint San Pedro Calungsod. There are also other elements such as Cebu's Grand Old Man and former president of the Philippines Sergio Osmena Sr., a Catholic holy mass being conducted, and the galleon trade between Mexico and the Philippines.

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
The Grand Old Man of Cebu

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
Veneration and deep devotion of the Cebuanos to the Sto. Niño

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
San Pedro Calungsod, the 2nd Filipino saint after San Lorenzo Ruiz

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
Cebuanos revolt against Spanish colonial rule

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
Catholic holy mass celebration

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
Galleon Trade between Mexico and the Philippines

Old photos of the area around the Old Plaza Pari-an are reprinted on tarpaulins and displayed on the fence that surround the Cebu Heritage Monument.

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
One of the tarpaulin prints on display around the Cebu Heritage Monument

Right beside the monument is the Pari-an Fire Station which was built on the foundations of the old Pari-an church.

Heritage Monument in Plaza Parian Cebu City Philippines
Pari-an Fire Station built on the foundation of the old Pari-an church

Around the heritage monument and nearby are other historical landmarks and other tourist attractions:

  1. Calle Colon marker or obelisk
  2. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
  3. Museo Parian sa Sugbu at The Jesuit House of 1730
  4. Casa Gorordo
  5. Cebu Archdiocesan Museum
  6. Plaza Hamabar
  7. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
  8. Museo Sugbo
  9. Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
  10. Magellan's Cross
  11. Plaza Sugbu
  12. Plaza Recoletos
  13. Plaza Independencia
  14. Fort San Pedro


Hoven Andre Encontro said...

When I was a kid, I used to have dropped jaws every time we pass by parian

Ram Kuizon said...

The thing I like the most about this place is that it tells a story which young generation may have forgot. Thanks for sharing!

cheers from

Rea Alducente said...

I pass by this place a lot yet I don't know anything about it. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl F said...

Always pass this place but never got the chance really stop by. I thought at first it's just an ordinary monument. Thanks for sharing. Naa nsad koy bag o today :)

Isabeau Jane Gomez said...

now that I work downtown, I get to appreciate the rustic feel of this part of the city. On a not so humid day, I might do my own walk about.

Rose Angelie said...

It's been a while since I last visited this place. Hopefully soon maka stop by ko. :)

Rica Lanojan said...

Its close to sandiego yap ancestral house.. the last time I visited parian was 2 yrs ago.. Im always amazed with the beautiful heritage places we have beautiful here in Cebu..

Thnx for sharing!

Rica |

Anne M said...

This monument has always made my jaw drop in awe and amazement! It's a beautiful art and a historic masterpiece as well. I always bring my relatives here every time they visit Cebu.

Hanna Frejoles said...

I will certainly visit this place soon. Daghana jud diay interesting nga lugar dris Cebu.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Sayang noh, some places weren't preserved well.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

True, and I hope this helps the younger generation appreciate the past even more.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Now you know, haha. Parian used to be the center of trade and culture in Cebu.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

There's actually a lot of places in Cebu that seem ordinary but is of great heritage value.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

There's a lotta history to discover that part of the city.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Yup, very near Yap-Sandiego house. This one's built on the old Plaza Parian.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Yup, a lot of heritage places as well as natural beauty too.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Truly a great marriage of art and heritage!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Hope you enjoy it!

Alyssa Panghulan said...

Halaa. I've always passed by here when I was studying pa. I think the last time I was here was when we had a feeding program near here for our NSTP and ReEd xD

Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan said...

Looking back is always necessary to move forward with a good heart.

Carlo Andrew Olano said...

I always want to stop by here when I am driving but I never get the chance. I might take a selfie here during the Sinulog week.

Ramzy Magbitang said...

Back when I lived around the Pari-an area, I would always take a second to look and marvel at the monument.
It really serves a great purpose in commemorating the Cebuano form of art and heritage.

Katherine Anne Cutar said...

Na amaze jud ko ani bisag sauna pa, hangtod karun! I mean nindot kaayo siya nga landmark gud plus it symbolizes pajud sa atong heritage!

x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

It looks like an ordinary place ra noh? But where that monument stands is the Old Parian Plaza dating back to the Spanish colonial era.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

True that. It is important to learn lessons from the past, not necessarily dwell on it.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I got the chance to drop by here when I attended the Mega Cebu kickoff then again when I read about that Bisita sa Parian event. Otherwise, this is a part of the city I seldom visit.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I can't help but marvel about this masterpiece too! It's just huge and I always wonder at the work it took to build this to be truly representing the heritage of Cebu.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

True that, amazing and truly representative of Cebuano heritage. I also hope they do more preserving the heritage in this area especially estero de parian and that 1920 bridge nearby.

Bjornson Bernales said...

This is a Cebu heritage that should not be known in vain.

The surrounding area bordering this heritage should be secured so tourists will often visit the site even at night.