March 4, 2012

Fuerza de San Pedro

Another must-visit historic site in Cebu City is Fort San Pedro. It is the smallest and the oldest fort in the Philippines. It is now located inside the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City, Philippines.

According to, "Fort San Pedro served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. It has a total inside area of 2,025 sq. meters. The walls are 20 feet high, 8 feet thick and the towers are 30 feet high from the ground level. Work was first started on May 8, 1565 with Miguel Lopex de Legaspi breaking the ground. After the battle of Manila Bay, Commodore George Dewey turned the fort to the local Cebuanos, then it became an American Warwick Barracks during the American Regime which was later converted into classrooms where the Cebuanos received formal education. During World War II, from 1941 to 1945, it served as fortification for Japanese soldiers, when the battle for liberation was fought, the fort served as an army camp."

The entrance to get inside Fort San Pedro is PhP 30.00 with discounts on students and senior citizens.

Together with my friends, Alner, Roger, and Roy we toured around Fort San Pedro on a fine, sunny afternoon.

Inside, we saw historical paintings about Cebu. Then, we passed by Pozo dela Virgen. Indeed, its walls are tough and thick. Here we saw the History of Cebu and Fort San Pedro. Canons surround the fort.

As we walked around, we were dazzled and amazed by the beautiful Fort San Pedro Historical Park.

Fort San Pedro is still a living example of the rich history of Cebu and of the Philippines.

How to get there?

Fort San Pedro is located inside the Plaza Independencia near Malacañang sa Sugbu and Pier 1. So, you can ride a jeepney that will pass by Pier 1 or the Plaza. Minimum fare of the jeepney is PhP 7.50.


  1. OLD STRUCTURE! Cebu has so much to offer!!!! I love this!

    1. Yeah, there are many historical sites here in Cebu. That's why, I really like it here! You can really see your lessons in Philippine History here in Cebu! :)