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LIVING IN A CULTURAL HUB

The Philippines is an archipelagic country that consists of more than 7000 islands. In this tropical country you will find plenty of beautiful places; one of them is the province of Cebu– a place ripe with employment and entertainment opportunities. In result, plenty of Filipinos decide to visit or live in this province; and most of them prefer to stay in high-rise luxury condominiums in Cebu.

Rockwell Land Corporation established 32 Sanson to create an environment that integrates city living with the serenity of nature. Through 32 Sanson, Rockwell aims to provide Filipinos with a luxurious living experience that can only be accomplished in this province. Cebu – fondly called the Queen City of the South (Hara nga Dakbayan sa Sugbo) – is the country's main domestic shipping port. The province prides itself to be a significant centre of trade, industry, and education in the whole of the Visayas region.

Aside from various businesses, this province is also rich in historical sites. Learn about the province’s story to help you appreciate the place and get to know the locals better.

PRE-COLONIAL CEBU

In the early days, Cebu City was a fishing village and a farming settlement. Back then, it was a port of trade with neighbouring South East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. It was governed by native Visayan kings and was the location of the Rajahnate of Cebu – an Indianized kingdom that was founded by Sri Lumay, a half-Tamil and half-Malay prince of the Hindu Chola dynasty of Sumatra. Sri Lumay was sent by the Maharaja to the banks of the province in order to establish a base for the dynasty. The Maharaja's strategy was to set up a base to better deploy expeditionary forces in order to conquer and subdue the local kingdoms and expand their empire. However, the prince rebelled against the executive order and began to establish his own independent Rajahnate instead. Later on, he became known as Rajamuda Lumaya.

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Cebu's ancient name is Sugbo, which in Cebuano means "scorched earth" or "great fire". It refers to Sri Lumay’s ‘scorched earth tactics’ which he used to defend his people against Moro raiders. Over time, its name changed to a melodious derivative of its ancient name perhaps because the port of the Rajahnate became so busy with trading. Its current name comes from the Cebuano word sibo or sibu which literally means "trade". It is a shortened form of sinibuayng hingpit which literally translates to "the place for trading". Cebu's ancient trade port was set in a strategic location, a harbour that was always buzzing with activity even today. In fact, roughly 80% of today's domestic shipping companies are based on the island.

MAGELLAN'S CROSS AND THE BATTLE AT MACTAN

Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer that landed and attempted to conquer Cebu in 1521. He was responsible for organising and commanding a fleet of five vessels and 250 crew members. Magellan's arrival in the provicne on March 15, 1521 was commemorated with a Cross that is today housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. This Cross later on became a symbol of Catholicism in the country.

The Portuguese explorer met an unfortunate end at the famous Battle at Mactan when one of the Rajahnate's subjects, Datu Lapu-Lapu, refused to be subjugated to the Castilian conquistadores. Magellan's work and discovery was not in vain, however. The route that Magellan mapped out was often used by the warring Portuguese and Spanish fleets in order to further explore, conquer, and spread Christianity and Catholicism in the South East. Mexican explorer Miguel López de Legazpi arrived on the shores of Samar using the route carved out by Magellan's expedition 40 years after Magellan's death.

Magellan's Cross is one of Cebu's main attractions. A sign beneath it explains that the original cross is encased inside a wooden crucifix that can be found in the centre of the chapel. However, there are some who believe that the original cross was destroyed in the aftermath of Magellan's death and that the now-standing cross is merely a replica made by Spaniards after successfully subjugating the country.

CEBU CHURCHES

Cebu is home to some of the country's long standing and beautifully constructed churches. The city is considered to be the Fount of Christianity in the Far-East. The Philippines has been a Christian community ever since the arrival of the Mexican explorer Miguel López de Legazpi with a band of Jesuit priests who successfully spread the Word of God throughout the local people. In the wake of Spain’s 300-year rule in the country, they left the country with lasting structures that bespoke of the skill and innovation of the Filipino people. These churches are constructed by the locals and commissioned by the friars during the Spanish rule. Over time, these structures have been rebuilt in hopes of keeping the faith alive in the country.

The province of Cebu is not only the centre of trade, it is also filled with tourist destinations that are rich in history. If you choose to live here, stay in one of 32 Sanson’s luxury condominiums in Cebu. It offers several amenities, an amazing structure, and lush greeneries; plus, it is surrounded by prominent establishments to ensure that everything you need is within reach!