I grew up in Cebu, and when I talk about my city, I usually take pride in its warm and friendly people, although this describes us Filipinos in general. I could list thousands of reasons why I am a proud Cebuana. However, among those thousands, I am most proud of my city’s colorful history. Cebu is the first Catholic city in the Philippines and in Asia. When the Spaniards planted its Catholic cross in my island in 1521, it gave birth to a culture very distinctly and uniquely Cebuano evident in our food, language, religious practices and grand architecture.

Hence, it didn’t surprise me when I felt very comfortable walking around Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. It felt like Fort San Pedro in Plaza Indepedencia, only on a more massive scale! The structure, built of coquina which is a type of limestone made from seashells, is impressively well-preserved. The castillo’s walls were enormous and looking down, re-enactors and historians in period dress roam around the grounds.

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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.
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View of Castillo de San Marcos grounds from above.
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The shops along the streets of St. Augustine, Florida.
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One of the shops around St. Augustine, Florida.
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The oldest wooden school house in St. Augustine, Florida.
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The shops around St. Augustine, Florida has a distinct Spanish flare.
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

 

The fort was packed with kids on a school tour the day we visited. While most people found that annoying, I thought it was incredible. It is always hopeful to see kids visiting museums and invest their interests in learning history and culture. Their excitement over the scheduled cannon firing was contagious.

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The cannons on top of the walls of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Waiting for the re-enactors and historians to fire the cannon at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.

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The fort walls at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

Castillo de San Marcos is said to be the oldest masonry fort in the United States. It was constructed by the Spanish to fortify the garrison town from English attacks. It is now more than 300 years old and is listed as a National Museum.

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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

Traveller’s Note: What made this trip stood out from the rest was our barbecue lunch at Mojo BBQ. Hubby and I both agree that the barbecue tips we had was our absolute favorite and nothing yet had top that culinary experience.

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Barbecue lunch in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

 

 

 

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