I remember, during my elementary school years, a popular field trip destination was Fort San Pedro, the oldest, smallest and one of the best preserved Spanish fortresses in the Philippines. Located in Plaza Independencia within Cebu City’s pier area, this triangular military outpost was originally built in 1565– the beginning of Spanish colonization in the archipelago–with logs and muddy earth to protect conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his men from violent attacks by native Cebuanos and Muslim pirates. The fort was named after Legaspi’s flagship “San Pedro“. After years of construction and renovations, the present-day fort of stone and mortar was finally finished in 1738.
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Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap is a freelance travel writer and photographer from the Philippines who enjoys capturing people, places and perspectives whether it's on or off the beaten path. Read more here.