after days in Bantayan island, it was time for us to visit one of Cebu's most historical structures. Fort San Pedro also called Fuerza de San Pedro in the Spanish era is the Philippine's smallest and oldest triangular bastion. this bastion stands near the coastal area of Cebu which was at that time Cebu's central district. from outside, you will observe coral stones piled to about 20feet high. the entrance displays a typical Spanish fort design with a Sto. Nino image on its center. upon entering the fort, you'll observe how thick its walls are. the wall is 8 feet thick surrounding a spacious garden. you'll be charged for a minimum fee to enter this triangular bastion.the ground area is mainly composed of a plain grassy surface with pathways and chairs on one side and a souvenir shop for tourists. when you reach the second level, there's a small museum that highlights some of the artifacts representing the trading business that happened even before the Spaniards has arrived. an impressive replica of a wrecked trading ship can also be seen. i was not able to take a pitcure of it as taking photos are not allowed. in its third level located on top of the museum, you'll have a good view of the whole triangular bastion and its landscape.
since this fort is triangular, it then consists of three bastions namely La Concepcion, Ignacio de Loyola and San Miguel. this place holds a lot of stories from the Spanish period until the Philippine independence. it was built to protect the town from the rebels in 1738. the Americans along with the Filipino guerrillas overpowered the Spaniards in 1898 and gained control of the bastion and later turned over to the Filipinos. it served as an American barrack but later converted to a school for the Filipinos in Cebu. not long enough, Japanese took control this bastion. after world war II, the Filipinos regained it and transformed it into a hospital. for several years, it has transformed to a miniature garden, into a a clinic, then to a zoo and finally Cebu city decided to restore and retain its beauty as a historical structure. i will take time to honor the officials managing this fort because when i was there, people were doing maintenance activities. it reflects how serious they are in valuing it as one the country's historical structure and not just earning from it.