The construction made of concrete, bronze, brass, and steel took a while to complete: from July 1997 to December 2000. The author is local artist Eduardo Castrillo.
Photos and historic facts about the heritage monument
"He (artist Eduardo Castrillo) and the late Senator Marcelo Fernan together with donations from other private individuals and organizations funded the construction of the monument."
"The Heritage Monument is located in the historic Parian District, which during the Spanish period was home to the residences of the most prominent families in Cebu at that time. "
"The Heritage of Cebu Monument is accessible by public transportation. If you are in Colon Street in downtown Cebu City, you can take a jeep with the signboard showing SM and Pier area. The jeep will pass by the monument. You may also take a taxicab as most drivers are familiar with the place."
Some interesting facts about the place, not so well-known
In 1602, the most magnificent church was built on the same spot where the Heritage of Cebu Monument now stands. According to some sources/studies this Parian church “has never been surpassed by any other church that has been built in Cebu, such as the Cathedral, the Seminary, and San Nicolas.” Its name was San Juan Bautista Parish Church.
Unfortunately, it was disassembled sometime in the late 1870s. And the only faint reminder of its opulence is a small San Juan Bautista Chapel across the street (see photo above and below).
Story about san Juan bautista parish church
“The church (built in 1602) was made of stone blocks, plastered together in a mixture of lime and the sap of the lawat tree. The roofs were made of tiles, and the lumber used was molave, balayong and naga.
The paraphernalia used in the mass was made purely of gold, the pews were carved by a sculptor of the Parian, the altars were covered with stone slabs with money and gold inlaid, and the church bells were big and loud. The tolling of these bells was so loud that it could be heard as far as Hilotungan ang the town of Talisay.”
“The Augustinian friars upon seeing the magnificence of the church of the Parian, got envious, and employed every shrewd means they could think of to take over the Parian church.”
To make a long story short - eventually, the Spaniards succeeded. The church was disassembled in late 1878 or 1879. Only the convent of the San Juan Bautista Parish Church was spared. It was used as a public library and a fire station during the American regime.