Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Attraction Cebu,Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
Second-time visit
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The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595.

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Why Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is special ?

The The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral or 'Cebu Cathedral', as it is popularly called, is the ecclesiastical seat of metro Cebu Archdiocese in the Philippines.

On 14 August 1595, Cebu has been established as a diocese and elevated as a metropolitan archdiocese on 28 April 1934.

The church was established as the seat of Cebu bishop when the province became one of the suffragan dioceses under the archdiocese of Manila in 1595.

Just like all the churches built during that period, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral started as a holy place built with wood and nipa palms as its structure, according to "Balaanong Bahandi, a book on the Sacred Treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu."


What to explore at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral?

Typical of Spanish colonial church architecture in the country is the squat and with thick walls to withstand typhoons and other calamities.

According to "Balaanong Bahandi", the cathedral is a Baroque-Rococo style. The facade with a trefoil-shaped pediment - decorated with carved relieves of:

  • floral motifs
  • Phonenixes (could be of Chinese influence)
  • Images of Saints peter and Paul
  • A clamshell medallion of the most Holy Name of Jesus, and
  • two fu dogs guarding the main doors of the Cathedral

At the main Cathedral 'retablo' (a devotional painting, particularly a small popular or folk art one using iconography derived from traditional Catholic church art) has the following features:

  • 'JHS' initials of the Most Holy Name of Jesus located at the topmost part - or retablo
  • central niche contains an old crucifix
  • right niche now enshrines the new saint - San Pedro Calungsod
  • left niche has the popular statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz

Then you can also observe the Spanish Royal Coat of Arms set above the main entrance that reflects the contribution of the Spanish monarch during its construction.


Selling points

  • “Beautiful Church”
  • “A Dream Wedding Venue”
  • “Ornate, impressive”
  • “Sacred Ground on the Metro Cebu”
  • “Principal Catholic Cathedral In Cebu”
A great 2 day trip to Cebu with my parents

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  • There is a pretty little garden with benches in from of the entrance and a store selling religious articles at reasonable prices.
    What to know
  • You can have your piece of silence here as long as it is not Sunday, because on Sundays it is expected that a lot of churchgoers come for the Sunday masses.
  • It would take around 40 minutes by car or taxi from Mactan Island and costs you about less than 200pesos in a metered-taxi.
  • Tand jeepneys are accessible.
  • It's located near the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino.
  • There are no candle vendors or food hawkers running around so it is quiet and solemn


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One of the nicest refurbished/modern altars I've seen. A must see & visit.

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Longest isle for any bride..

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A bit humid inside. Best to bring your fans with you. Or sit beside someone who waves their fans widely so you'd get the benefit. LOL!

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If you're not the for long traditional masses, the cathedral has daily masses that only lasts for 30 mins- including homily and songs.

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Beautiful Details :)

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Travelling to Cebu City? If you're a person who loves heritage and historical sites, I can suggest Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Few meters from Rajah Humabon Monument, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Casa Gorordo, Magellans Cross and Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino.

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It is located along P. Burgos St. It is walking distance Basilica and Magelan Cross.It was built sometime in 1595. The architecture of the church is typical of Spanish colonial churches. The facade features a trefoil-shaped pediment, which is decorated with carved relieves of floral motifs. The construction is made of cut stones and concrete plaster and is now glossed over with a simple white paint. This building has gone through many earthquakes but still stands today.The alter is also very beautiful and 2 unfinished pillars.

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I have a special affection for this church because this is where my parents got married. Although it was not as beautiful then as it is now. I am thankful that this church is now being taken cared of and given the value it truly deserved.The nice thing about this church is that it is quiet and solemn because there are no candle vendors or food hawkers running around. Jeeps and cars plying around it are not too disturbing either. You can have your piece of silence here as long as it is not Sunday, because on Sundays it is expected that a lot of churchgoers come for the Sunday masses.

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I love the architecture of this church. It's a good church for weddings. It also has air conditioning. For weddings you'll have to pay 25,000 the last time I searched in order to turn on the air conditioning of the whole church.

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One of the nicest refurbished/modern altars I've seen. A must see & visit.

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