CITY, CEBU ISLAND
...Mactan Island, next to Cebu, had a history. It was where
Ferdinand Magellan was killed. He was credited with being
the first person to circumnavigate the globe. Well, his boat
did just that but he was sort of left behind. Somewhere in
the city of Lapu-Lapu, there was a cross to mark where he was killed.
I didn't see it, but if it was like the cross of Magellan in Cebu
where the first baptism of the Philippines occurred, I didn't miss
a whole lot.
One of the best things about
Cebu was how colorful its jeepneys were. They had multiple
flags streaming all along the back of the trucks. The front
of the vehicles and the cab roofs were lined with yellow headlights.
The hoods had usually at least three ornaments. For some reason,
horse ornaments were popular. I still preferred taxis but
you couldn't beat the colors.
Cebu City offered a busy
marketplace where I found a basket that looked like a rice fanner
from Liberia but more oblong. I asked if it was for rice.
No, it was for lechon. That didn't help any. What was
lechon? Well, it was a roasted pig. I knew I wouldn't
be serving a lot of that. It was the entire pig -- head, feet,
1998 by Phillip Martin All rights reserved.