When I was in Cebu City earlier this month we stumbled upon the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It is near the Basilica del Santo Nino and its steeple can be seen from the main entrance of that old historical church. In contrast, The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is a modern building, splendid with golden trim. Gold paint or actual gold, I do not know. It is a beautiful building, especially on the inside of the church.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
We walked over to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral from the Santo del Santo Nino. Often there are many street vendors along the way but there were not as many this time as I’ve seen in the past. Possibly it is a slower time of the year. I did buy Jessie a rose along the way, complete with thorns. Very sharp thorns I might add. I had gone for a walk alone the other day and wanted to surprise her with one but I didn’t bring my wallet so I was unable to do so. She usually has all my money so I tend to forget my wallet. 🙂 It is a very short walk to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
Churches are always a great place to observe Filipino culture in practice. Most Filipino really do take their religion very seriously. You should not underestimate this and if you’re judging those that you know as they do not seem to be following the path the claim to believe in, I would suggest you learn a bit more about the path.
The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral serves as the seat for the ecclesiastical Archdiocese of Cebu. They had a lot of delays in getting this building. Most of these delays were caused by funding problems but also due to changes in leadership.
When you enter the sanctuary of the The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the first thing you are likely to notice is that is covered in gold. I do not know if the gold is real. I’m sure some of it is and no doubt, some of it is paint. In any case it is a beautiful sanctuary.
When we arrived, a was wedding ongoing but I entered anyway. There was beautiful singing but I never saw the choir. Jessie assured me there was one of to the side but I never found it. I waited for the wedding to be over to take a few pictures. Then headed outside to take more pictures of the grounds. The church sits in a nice park.
For a list of other things to see in Cebu follow this link. I have been to most of those places but not all of them.
More Pictures of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
I did not know it but I’ve now read that there is a mausoleum in the rear of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. If I had realized it was there, I certainly would have tried to visit it. It is probably open tot he public. It was added in 1982. The last major renovation at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was in 2008 through 2009. There is still a sign in front of the building proclaiming that the is the future home of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. In any case, the next time I’m at the Basilica, I will also return to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. I have to see the mausoleum and find out what I have missed. The gold tones of the sanctuary are reason enough to visit but it is also nice to relax in the part of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral as Jessie and I are doing in this last picture.
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