Cebu is located in the Visayas region of the Philippines and was tagged as the Queen City of the South because of its huge potential when it comes to economy, tourism and infrastructure. A lot of foreigners ravaged Cebu not just for a visit, but also to migrate and study English in the Island.
I’ve visited Cebu several times in the past, but it’s more of a business purpose, this time I travel to Cebu for leisure and for exploring purposes. 🙂
So, here’s my Cebu City guide for a wet and dry day tour.
In the Philippines we only have two seasons; the dry season and the wet season. And these seasons are always unpredictable as there are times that it’s summer, but it will rain and vice versa. We travel on the first week of June, and it’s the start of the wet season, but we still dare to go because the sun is still blazing. True enough, we had a wet and dry trip in Cebu.
Around Cebu City
From the airport, arrived at 7am in the morning, we have the whole day to go around Cebu City before going to Oslob. But since we have our back packed with us and we don’t have any hotel booking in the city, we go to Traveler’s Lounge in SM City Cebu to deposit our bags for a fee of 30 pesos for 2 bags until 8:30 pm. We can go around the city w/o the weight of our bags, what a relief!
1. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
From SM City Cebu, ride a jeep with 12I code; it will pass by Cathedral.
2. Basilica del Sto. Niño
From the Cathedral, exit on the left gate if you’re facing the Cathedral. Cross the street and turn left for a street with a lot of vendors selling religious items and some foods. Go straight and you will find the Basilica del Sto. Niño.
There’s an ongoing morning mass outside when we get there, because they don’t use the Basilica structure for a mass anymore as they’re preserving it, people can just go inside to pray and reflect. This place is also known for the famous religious festival called ‘Sinulog’, it happens every January, and one of the highlights is the street dance with the Sto.Nino icon and it will last for 9-12 hours. Many tourists preferred to visit this event by reason of witnessing the religiosity of this Island and to express their devotion for the Sto. Niño.
3. Magellan’s Cross
From the gate you entered in Sto.Niño church, go straight to the next gate and upon your exit you will see the house of Magellan’s cross.
This cross was planted by Magellan’s troops upon arriving in the Philippines. What you saw in the picture below is not the original cross, it was encased inside that wooden cross to preserve and protect it from people who get a piece of the woods as a souvenir.
4. Taoist Temple
Took a taxi from Magellan’s cross going to Taoist temple, it is located in a subdivision of Beverly hills and was built by a Chinese community in Cebu, there’s no public transportation going inside the subdivision except taxi . This temple is open to the public, just make sure that you observe the rules inside the temple, such as ‘taking photo of the altar is strictly not allowed’ and ‘silence must be observed all the time’ among others.
5. SM Seaside City Cebu
From Taoist, took taxi again to SM Seaside, it is the newest mall in Cebu and I think this is also the biggest in the Island.
We go for Lunch at Jonie’s Sizzlers and Roast, not because my name is Jonie too haha 🙂 we just wanted to eat there because we saw their spacious place and variety of foods available plus the flaming chicken w/c they will put on fire in front of you. Seriously speaking.
6. SM City Cebu
Take a taxi from Seaside to SM City.
Since our bag is with the traveler’s lounge in SM City Cebu, that is our last stop for the city tour. We just stroll around, had some refreshments and by 8 pm we go to claim our bags.
While in the mall, we saw a bridal fair wherein many of the famous wedding coordinator are there and I saw Jason Magbanua in the crowd; he’s known for being a celebrity wedding photographer.
Then by taxi, we headed to South bus terminal, where we will wait for our bus ride going to Oslob.
Indeed, t’was a long day, tiring because of the many walks we had but its alright because a very beautiful paradise is waiting for us in Oslob. 🙂
Check my next blog about our Oslob experience. I’m excited!