I had the chance to go back again to Cebu City last October 19 to October 21 during our Educational Trip with some of my classmates, Class Area Heads and Tour Operators from Island Trips Travel Agency. After almost four years, I got the opportunity to go visit again the Queen City of the South. What I have seen a few years back had a lot of changes, they were more Business Buildings, a slight heavy traffic during daytime, they have even more domestic and foreign tourist coming to the city. I giggled when we first arrived from the airport because I can use “Bisaya” in the City as one of my favorite language in our country.
I didn’t have the outcome to write down/document any details of the places we had visited during the tour because I was still scrutinizing the place here and there. I mean, I wasn’t really that lethargic person during our tour; but rather, I was feeling feverish but I did enjoy the whole trip. I’d like to share a few pictures which can summarize our 4 days and 3 nights stay in Cebu. I’m going to take documentation next time and really soon to a place which I will visit very seriously. Accept my apology and please enjoy!
After we have arrived from the Mactan International Airport, we had our breakfast at Zubuchon Restaurant near the Mactan Airport. It’s not that really far, you can get there for our about 10-15 minutes. We went there around 08:30am.
We visited the Lapu-Lapu Shrine after for a long way traffic. This shrine was built to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu, which he was the ruler of the Mactan Island who defeated Ferdinand Magellan during the historic battle of Mactan in 1521. This was made by 20 meters high and made of bronze. He’s wearing a native costume with a sword of his right hand and a shield in his left hand.
The old Sto. Niño displayed at Museo Sugbo
The two photos above was also taken at the Museo Sugbo. These photos were only stolen by my camera, and honestly, this are my two favorite shots during our day one tour! I love the details and the angle of the picture. I should enhance my photography skills, even more.
Right after we had our lunch at Pino Restaurant, we headed to La Vie Parisienne, a french-themed Wine Library, and French Bakery. A must visit the place because of the ambiance itself, you can feel the place like you are in France. Not only that, the product inside the place is freshly imported from France, according to the owner. The place was like a European Style and I wish I had photos on it. The owner gave us free samples of their wine best sellers, the picture above is the Strawberry Shampellino. I thought it the taste was too strong but it tastes really good. Also, the free four Croissants which imported from France. It was very delicious and can undoubtedly get your tummy full!
A random photo from around Colon Street Area. This was taken on the afternoon. Every time I’m seeing this picture, I keep on repeating on the tour bus “
I want fries from McDonalds!” like a hundred of times. I was called my attention by my teacher adviser and forgets about it on the next day since we are on our tour. But I’ll never be going to give up my love on fries!
As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cebu, we had a quick visit to the Magellan’s Cross. This cross is planted by the Portuguese and Spanish people ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon his arrival in Cebu City in the late April 21,1521. The people believe that is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers. In which, this is only a replica of the cross because the people believed that the original cross was destroyed or got disappeared after Magellan’s death. The Spaniards planted the cross after they successfully Christianized the Philippines. This tourist attraction is only beside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.
This one is used for a candle ritual, each candle costs 10PHP. And the prayer will be offered to Sto. Niño and it will be placed on the foot of the cross. This also known for Cebuanos as one of their traditions as “Sinug“, which means “a flow of water“. Each color of the candle has its own meaning. The Red for Love of Santo Niño; Blue for Devotion to Mama Mary; Yellow for Health and Peace; Pink for Happiness and Green for Success in studies, work, and finances.
I was such a childish human being who is really afraid of heights during our challenge at Skywalk Extreme Experience at the Crown Regency Hotel. But sometimes I need to think the consequences if I wouldn’t dare to undergo this challenge, I could never have the opportunity to experience it in the future. I remained smiling and melting inside at the same time. During the putting of the Overhead Safety Harness, my fear begins arousing a little bit. I mean it was my first time. And the worst part is I was the last person during the whole skywalk. I thought it was very scary but I told myself that I can do it. I tried to open my eyes and I was amazed by the City Lights from the Hotel. We were on the 38th floor. My legs were a little bit shaking due to the strong wind and a few rain drops. But it was worth experience. In the end, I survived and conquered my fears.
My favorite dragon at Taoist Temple~
My one of my travel domestic bucket list, the Temple of Leah! a Roman Architecture in Cebu which I really liked to witness its beauty. This infrastructure is a tribute and giving the deepest honor to Teodorico Adarna‘s unconditional love to his beloved and loving wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. Teodorico is also the father of actress Ellen Adarna and owner of Queensland Motels.
“This Temple was constructed in the year 2012 A.D as a symbol of my undying love for her and my ceaseless devotion to Leah Villa Albino-Adarna”.
We also visited the Fort Santiago, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, had our ten-minute tour at Radisson Blu Hotel and had also our last dinner there. During our last tour, we stopped by Profood International Corporation Warehouse where they make their dried mangoes and other products, passed by The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, you can find very cheap branded products! I’ve seen Converse shoes on its 70% sale plus buy one take one but I’m already broke, maybe I could go back there very soon and lastly, we had our lunch at Rico’s Lechon before heading back to Mactan International Airport. We stayed at Bayfront Hotel during our whole stay in Cebu.
So this sums up our whole stay in Cebu City! And of course, my loudest shout out to my hotel roommates, Jude, Rica, and Jenny! Thank you to you guys for not giving up on my alarm tone during our first night, lol. I can say nothing more.
Thank you so much, Island Trips Travel Agency for this experience and hope to have a tour with you again very soon!
Until we meet again,