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Monday, December 31, 2012

Cebu City

TRAVEL DATE: Multiple Times already :)

I've been to Cebu City and the rest of its outskirt places for quite some time already. As of my latest count, I've been there for 5 times and already visited about 5 - 6 cities and municipalities.


Cebu Province is like Metro Manila in the making and tagged as "Metro Cebu". Its capital City, Cebu City, has been very famous for its Sinulog Festival celebrated every third week of January in honor of their patron saint, Santo Nino. Cebuanos are known to have strong faith and belief in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

From my province, Negros Occidental, there are two available methods of transportation. First is you can take a night bus trip from Bacolod City to Cebu City and the travel time takes around 8 hours in total (6 hours bus trip + 2 hours ferry trip). You may drop by the Ceres Bus Terminal for more information.



 The alternative is to ride an airplane via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific Air and the travel time is only 30 minutes! Whatta difference, right? If you're in a hurry, ride the plane, but if you want to enjoy the scenery, don't hesitate to travel by bus!


Cebu's famous Church is the Basilica de Sto. Nino Church. Beside it is also the well-known Magellan's Cross. 

Magellan's Cross 

 Basilica de Sto. Nino

TRAVEL TIP: Another must-see destination in Cebu City is the Taoist Temple. Taoist Temple is one of the most famous Chinese Temple in the Philippines. Just a note, please come in your proper attire, long pants and closed shoes, to show respect to their religion.


 

The economy of Cebu has boomed over time and the global competitiveness of the place is very evident in terms of infrastructures and business establishments. We dropped by The Walk in Cebu IT Park, in front of Cebu Waterfront Hotel.We ate at "Casa Verde" which boasted their affordable Baby Back Ribs that was only PHP 210! After a round of back ribs, we ate some cakes at a dessert restaurant beside it.





Ayala Mall Center is also a perfect way to relax and unwind. The setup is like a garden + mall which fused the modern structures with refreshing landscapes.




Ayala Mall Cebu
When we talk of guitars, Cebu's definitely one of the consideration. They have here a local factory, Alegre Guitars, which is making high-quality and world-class export guitars. Guitars only cost aroud PHP 800 - PHP 3,000+ depending on the quality.


 
Alegre Guitars

TRAVEL TIP: Philippines has a lot of National Heroes and one of them is Lapu-Lapu. Lapu-Lapu is believe to have killed Magellan to protect the locals from foreign conquerors. To show gratitude to his courage and constantly remember his greatness, a statue of him was built in Mactan, Cebu. Mactan is about an hour drive away from Cebu City.

Shrine of Lapu-Lapu



TRAVEL TIP: Mactan Island, Cebu is rich in seafoods so don't forget to have a detour at their "Sutukil" Restaurants which means "Sugba + Tula + Kilaw". Your eyes and mouth will surely feast with their wide range of fishes, shrimps, crabs, etc.


Transportation in Cebu is a bit hard though since you need to memorize the Alpha-numeric signboards of the jeepneys and what the route of that signboard is. Their jeepney version is like a multicab which can accommodate about 10 - 12 persons.

Cebu is a huge province and there are still a lot more tourist spots to visit like the Camotes Island, Bantayan Island, Moalboal, etc. Make sure to tick Cebu City in your travel checklist!

Just some mirror-images taken at Crown Regency Hotel:



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