The first thing that would greet you when you enter the gates of the Fort is, well aside from the entrance collector (LOL), a wall that hosts different paintings and sketches that tell about the history of Cebu and the founding of the Fort.
Fort San Pedro served as a nucleus of the established settlement in the Philippines. From a report submitted by Professor Marcelino Marceda, the fort is triangular in shape with two sides facing the sea and the third fronting the land/city (main gate). These three bastions were named La Concepcion (SW), Ignacio de Loyola (SE), and San Miguel (NE).
|The Battle of Mactan|
|Lapu-lapu, Warrior King of Mactan|
|Battle of Tres de Abril|
|Rajah Humabon, Trader King of Sugbu|
|Queen Juana, Keeper of the Sto. Niño|
|Rajah Humabon and Ferdinand Magellan conducting "blood compact" as a pact of friendship.|
Since then the fort has served many purposes. In the years of 1931 to 1941, it was used as schoolrooms were many Cebuanos received their formal education. During the World War II, the Japanese took refuge within the walls where they constructed trenches and dug tunnels inside the court leading to the sea. It was also used as an emergency hospital for the wounded during the war for liberation. And in 1957, the city councilor commissioned a religious sect called The Lamplighter to manage a zoo subsidized by the city within the courtyard.
In the years of 1946 to 1950 , the fort was used as an army camp. And after 1950, the Cebu Garden Club took over and fixed the courtyard into a miniature garden. These days the fort still does look like a garden where you can actually hold parties, events and such (fees may apply).