Timed with the epic celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, eight 40-meter-high crosses are rising 100 meters over the Mactan Channel and most of Cebu City in April this year.
The observance harks back to that memorable event when Christianity was first introduced to Cebu by the planting of a cross and the baptism of its people by Spaniards led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. It happened a few weeks after they arrived in the Philippines in March 1521.
The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) through its subsidiary Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), builder of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), has already began building eight structures in the shape of a cross, inspired by the cross planted by Magellan 500 years ago. The crosses symbolize Cebu being the cradle of Christianity in the region.