A few days ago, I got an SMS message from a friend, Erwin dela Cerna that the administration of Fort San Pedro under his leadership would like to have an exhibit at the fort. This will be the first time that Cebu Stamp Club will be holding an exhibit in this historic venue.
Immediately thereafter, I started to compile hundreds of my Philippine stamps that I would be using for the presentation. I also came up with the exhibit title "Selyo Ug Kasaysayan sa Fort (Stamps and History @ the Fort)". The exhibit title happens to be bilingual featuring Cebuano and English owing to the fact that a lot of local and foreign tourists visit the fort everyday.
Fort San Pedro or Fuerza de San Pedro is a military defense structure built by both Spanish and Cebuano laborers under the command of Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the Spanish Government based in Cebu. It was on May 8, 1565 when the first work was started on the fort. From the time it was built, little was known pertaining to the activity. It was only in 1739 when the King of Spain, Philip II came out with an order asking for a detailed information of the island of Cebu. Governor Tanon, who was the island's Spanish ruler during that time came out with this report:
Fuerza San Pedro, the fort is described as built of stone mortar with a terraplein where guns are mounted. The fort contains the necessary buildings. The largest of these buildings was the "Cuerpo de Guardia" where the personnel that manned the fort lived. Adjacent to it was the "Vivende del Teniente" which was the living quarters of the lieutenant of the Fort. In between the aforementioned buildings is a well. At one corner attached to the walls of the bastion San Miguel (NE) was the "Alamazaros del Rivera" (powder magazine where the fort's supply or arms and gunpowder from Manila were stored).
"Selyo Ug Kasaysayan sa Fort (Stamps and History @ the Fort)" opens at the Cuerpo de Guardia, Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Philippines on April 12 - June 12, 2013. This is a Cebu Stamp Club presentation from the collection of Richard Allan Uy.
Various stamps featuring Cebu and Philippine history as well as photos and other accents will be featured in the said exhibit.
Above is the official teaser poster of the exhibit. The second photo features me and Erwin dela Cerna posing at the Cuerpo de Guardia entrance.