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4 Benefits to Going to Ireland


There is no doubt that Ireland is one of the best and sought-after travel destinations in the world. This island brings a breathless charm to any person who visits and would usually entice to keep coming back for more. For those who have not yet caught the travel bug to Ireland, this one's for you. Ireland may be an island, but it is easy to explore as you can go about it in different modes of transport. Get yourself familiarized with the sights and fun encounters you may have in mind and count yourself to be on one of these trips to Ireland. Read on for the benefits going to Ireland might bring you.

1.  Explore the whole of Ireland
Ireland is a small island famous for breathtaking views which you can enjoy more when you take a self-drive vacation. The benefit of a self-drive tour in Ireland is that you can explore and make your own way around the country at your own pace. You can also plan your itinerary with the freedom to choose which places you deem important to visit. You may also customize your tours around Ireland according to your budget, be it a luxurious weeklong trip or just short getaways.

2.  Experience the best outdoor and adventure activities
Ireland is not only known for its elegant and picturesque sceneries but is also famous for its adventure activities inspired by the country’s mountainous terrain. This country is perfect for hikers and bikers because of its many postcard-worthy and incredible sceneries almost everywhere you look. It is also dubbed to have the best golf courses in the world, so you can tee off just like the best golfers that Ireland has produced. Outdoor and adventure activities in Ireland are not only about hiking, biking or driving the rugged slopes, sporty types can also try water activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. If you are a person into surfing, Ireland has three surfing hotspots that you can choose from.

3.  Enjoy the company of friendly people
Ireland is known around the globe for its friendly people. Famous for its hospitality accompanied by their love to party and music, no doubt you’ll have the time of your life in this country. There is also a string of festivals during the year where you might catch the infectious carnival atmosphere. The beautiful scenery of Ireland comes with helpful, witty and friendly people.

4.  Taste the best-selling and best-tasting beers
Ireland also equates to pub culture. It is, in fact, the location of the famous Guinness Storehouse with the best-selling and best-tasting beers not only in Dublin but is known across the globe. City tours often include a visit to the Guinness Storehouse where you get to see how the glorious beer is made and have a sample pint of it, too. And if a sample pint does not satisfy you enough, you can visit the bars and pubs in Dublin and enjoy the city vibe as well as the live music jamming.

The beautiful things to say about Ireland is as endless as the stunning coastlines you can find in this charming island. So, the next time that your feet are itching to go on an adventure, snag a ride and give in to the allure of this picturesque island called Ireland.

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    The demolition of Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

    Ecclesiastically, Parian Parish existed separately from ciudad at the start of the 17th century. By the second half of the 18th century, Parian developed in affluence becoming the most prominent district of the port area. By 1830, following the death of Father Vasquez, the new bishop of Cebu, Father Santos Gomez Maranon, petitioned to have the Parian parish suppressed and incorporated into the Cathedral hence reducing Cebu city to only one parish.
    One reason for the suppression was the threat of the dominating Chinese mestizo community of Parian and their dominating Chinese mestizo community of Parian and their elaborate church. Other reasons were jurisdictional powers over its land and inhabitants by Parian and the Augustinians. After years of legal dispute, Parian Church was re-established in 1839. However, the civil and ecclesiastical jurisdictional struggle continued which led to the abolition of the parish in 1849.
    Despite the move to cease its independent existence from the Cathedral, Parian parish continued to function with limited capacity until it was finally demolished in 1878-1879. The church was condemned and destroyed leaving the plot of land in Parian vacant which served as the Mestizo Tribunal until the end of Spanish rule in 1898. The convent of te church was spared and used later during the American regime as a public library and fire station.
    This miniature replica is an artist’s rendition of how the Parian of Cebu may have looked like in the 1870’s, based on maps, books, old photographs and other historical information.
    The early years 1565-1614
    The Spanish settlement of Cebu, then called Ciudad, was established in 1565 when conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived on the island. It was built in the port area exclusively for the Spaniards. Legazpi segregated it into two divisions: one for Poblacion de Naturales, which is present day San Nicolas and the other is the Pari-an, which rose on the northern side of the settlement around 1590, when Chinese traders and artisans occupied the area as their home, market and trading center.
    By the end of the 16th century, the Spaniards began to define the Cidad as Intramuros or “walled city”. However, historians discovered that instead of walls, pantanos or swamps defined its borders. This distinguished the “intramuros” from the “extramuros”, the spaces outside the ciudad where Pari-an district belonged. Spanish residents invited Jesuit priests to Cebu to establish a school for their children. They built the Colegio de San Ildefonso (present-day University of San Carlos), an escuela, casa and iglesia at the northern part of the Fort. The priests were tasked to Christianize Pari-an’s Chinese residents and learn the Chinese language and culture so they could expand their mission to China.
    Encomienda System and the Parian District: The Chinese Dominated District
    The Encomienda De Cebu was established in 1570 five years after the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The system was part of economic policies of the Spanish colonizers to organize the colony and to educate and indoctrinate Catholicism to the Natives (Indios). However, this system became a tool for abused Encomenderos. Moreover, for some time after the establishment of the Encomienda de Cebu the Chinese