“Cebu City is the most religious place in the whole Philippines.” I remember those words uttered by our tour guide Kuya Renz when we had our Cebu City tour during college.
He gave examples to prove his statement. One, Cebu City celebrates Sinulog Festival in honor for Sto. Niño, a young Jesus Christ and two, first Catholic baptism happened in Cebu. Portuguese and Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan baptized Rajah Humabon and his men in 1521. This marked the beginning of Philippine Christianity. I don’t know if Kuya Renz’s proof was wrong or correct. One thing for sure, Cebu City has many landmarks that capture early Catholicism. One of the famous landmarks is the Magellan’s Cross.
According to them, Magellan’s Cross is a symbol of Cebu. It was planted last April 1521. The current cross is made of Tindalo wood in which the original cross is encased. Magellan’s arrival in Cebu City represents the first attempt of Spain to convert Filipinos into Roman Catholics. The story goes that Magellan met with Chief Humabon of the island of Cebu, who had an ill grandson. Magellan (or one of his men) was able to cure or help this young boy, and in gratitude Chief Humabon allowed 800 of his followers to be ‘baptized’ Christian in a mass baptism. Later, Chief Lapu Lapu of Mactan Island killed Magellan and routed the ill-fated Spanish expedition. (Source: http://www.seasite.niu.edu/crossroads/russell/christianity.htm)
So I recently visited Magellan’s Cross and Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu Pilgrimage Center. It was Sunday so there were many people. Magellan’s cross is always written in Philippine history books. I first knew the place during my grade 2 elementary days while learning the subject called Sibika at Kultura. The subject was interesting back then. I only saw the pictures on books. And now, I literally can’t believe that I was on the actual site and was able to take a picture of the said place.
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One thing remarkable about Filipinos is that they love to barbecue raw foods. Am I correct? To prove it: Is Lechon Baboy called a Barbecued Pig? Is Lechon Manok called a Barbecued Chicken? And to top it all, we have Lechon Baka, a roasted beef. And FYI, Lechon Baboy is our national food.
bar·be·cue [bahr-bi-kyoo]?verb (used with object) to broil or roast whole or in large pieces over an open fire, on a spit or grill, often seasoning with vinegar, spices, salt, and pepper. (Source: Dictionary.com)
Larsian located near Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City is a place for barbecue lovers. It has many different stalls selling the same foods: grilled chickens, fish, pork, beef etc. Since it has many stalls, competition is really tight. Just to warn you upon entering the said place, several vendors would scream at you just to get your attention and convince you to eat at their stall. You would become like a celebrity for a short while where vendors are like fans screaming for your attention.
Eating at this place would not matter if you are rich or poor. Each basically gets the same treatment. You can eat using your bare hands or you can use a spoon and a fork. Lovely because most Filipinos would prefer to eat without a spoon and fork. They just use a cellophane to cover up their hands. Pretty Pinoy culture!
Pictures of Larsian sa Fuente, Cebu City:
For only PhP 53.00, I was able to satisfy myself and felt good. My stomach did not complain after eating the foods. So I can say the foods are definitely clean. The place is for people who does not have enough budget and who wants to hang-out for the whole night. The place is not for people who are maarte. Larsian is not for complicated people but for simple people. Foreigners who have tried eating balut can visit this place. Overall, this place is 100% Filipino.