It has been such a long time since I visited, but I'll try to remember as much as I can. Here are typical tourist sights and some "things-to-do":
1.) visit the Taoist temple in the Beverly Hills area
2.) visit the rose farms in Busay (if they're still there)
3.) go to the famous look-out spot called "TOPS" in Busay Hills that gives you a wonderful vantage point of Cebu and surrounding areas
4.) take a picture of Mactan Bridge en route to the airport
5.) frolic in some of Mactan's beaches
6.) try the many wonderful restaurants in Lahug
7.) try Cebu's famous "lechon" (the locals will lead you to the best in town)
8.) visit the Lapu-Lapu shrine
9.) visit Magellan's cross
10.) visit Santo Niño church & the Cebu Cathedral
11.) stop by at Casa Gorordo
12.) visit Colon Street (the oldest street in the country)
13.) visit Fort San Pedro
14.) stroll along Fuente Osmena
15.) try street food (barbecue) sold in Larsian
16.) try Filipino oriented restaurants (e.g., Lantaw, Chikaan, Lighthouse, etc.)
17.) visit Kawasan Falls
18.) diving adventure in Moalboal
19.) frolic in the white sand beaches of the south
20.) visit the idyllic sea-side towns of the north
21.) visit the wildlife sanctuary in Olanggo island (about a 15-min. boat ride from Mactan island)
22.) visit nearby islands: Bantayan, Camotes, etc.
23.) try the sweet delicacies of "torrones," "rosquillos," "bibingka," "otap," etc.
24.) try the rich & delicious treats of Car-Car
Good Luck & Enjoy Beautiful Cebu!
Fondest memory: The pristine white sand beaches of the South, Cebu's famous lechon, and other delicious island specialties.
Here are some famous food treats from Cebu and where to get them:
1.) Buy danggit sold in Carbon Market.
2.) Buy the famous Chorizo de Cebu in Carbon market or other local markets.
3.) Cebu's famous lechon is ubiquitously found in the city. Try any of the vendors around Mango Avenue or Fuente Osmeña.
4.) For the best Otap, we almost always bought from Shamrocks. Others buy theirs at Titay's.
5.) Try the "pochero" (pork stew) from local restaurants especially the ones around F. Ramos Street.
6.) Find a local vendor specializing in "calderetang kanding" (goat stew). We got ours from some off-the-beaten path location somewhere in the city. Alternatively, you can find it at some of Cebu's finest restaurants serving local cuisine (e.g., Chika-an, etc.).
7.) Try some "barquillos," "rosquillos," "ampao," etc.
8.) Buy the world-famous Cebu dried mangoes from Guadalupe OR try the regular mangoes sold everywhere in the city. They are truly the sweetest in the world!
Good Luck & Enjoy Beautiful Cebu!
If you are mailing a postcard or a package to any part of the world, make sure you have it ready when you visit Fort San Pedro. Why? Because the post office in Cebu City is just a stone throw from the Fort.
In fact, I took the photo I posted here from the top of the Fort San Pedro. I am posting this tip for your convenience.
On reaching the top of the Taoist Temple, there are a couple of things that you can do so that going up 81 steps will be worth the climb.
First, you can light joss sticks, have your fortune read, or do some self-comtemplation. Better still, after doing all this, enjoy the beauty of the view of the city of Cebu. When I went there recently, I took not only the temple, but the view of nature.
Fondest memory: Beverly Hills, Cebu City
I am posting here pictures on some processes of guitar making. I also have a display of the different materials used coming from local source and wood from other countries.
You will see here that the guitars were hand made. All these you will see at the Alegre factory in Cebu City. They will show it to you.
Visit Alegre Guitar factory, and have a look!
Fondest memory: The memories of the local people. Most of them are very pleasant, most especially our tour guide Eugene, whom I met for the first time. I am sure it won't be the last.
Hire a local taxi (for group 2 to 4) and decide on locations to visit and haggle for a price. Ideal cost for itinerary below is P1500.00
Take a guided tour of Cebu City, including Fort San Pedro (a fine example an early Spanish fortress) the Magellan Cross (shrine of the first Christian cross in Asia), the Basilica de Santo Niño (built to commemorate the miraculous rediscovery of a Christ-child statue in early Spanish days), Tops (a breathtaking lookout point), the Taoist Temple for a glimpseof Cebu's Chinese cultural legacy, Gorordo House (a restored turn-of-the-century archbishop's villa), CAP Center (with mementos of WWII era President Osmeña), and Carbon public market.
Get souvenirs from the Sto. Nino Church, danggit (dried fish) from the market, and take lots of pictures!
Wow! Cebu... I've been there during our On-the-Job-Training in Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The city is so promising. A lot of experience to be watch out. Actually I'm from a Iloilo City, it's just a flight away from Cebu City. Try to visit this city to enjoy more. And experience the hospitality, and warm welcome of the Ilonggo people. Try to taste some of the famous delicacy I'm sure you will love it. From the the Iloilo International Airport, a taxi will take you for about 30 minutes to the city proper. There are so many hotels where you can check in. The hotel staff will take care of you, as if you fell at home. Try to ride in a jeepney's, that will be create another unforgettable moments of your life. A trip may lead you to Miag-ao, a neighboring town in the South of Panay Island. Take a picture of the Miag-ao Church, one of the UNESCO's world heritage site. These are some of the few that I may suggest. And there are a lot more that the Philippine Island may offer you! Mabuhay!
The best mix for me money wise in Cebu City is both cash & ATM card with a C/C for emergencies.
Cash...There are lots of places to exchange your cash around Cebu City most offer around the same rate.A tip the ones in the main malls tend to be less than a changer on the street.The exchange at SM Mall is always a couple of points under.Also don`t change money before you arrive & at the Airport only change enough to get you into town or until you can get to a decent changer.The airport F/X is always under & no value.
If you are visiting your girlfriend & need to change money get her to do it & you stay out of sight especially at a street changer.At SM it doesn`t matter who changes the cash.I went in to a changer 5 mins after my wife changed money & surprise surprise the rate was less for me.Not a big deal in the scheme of things but it`s the principle of it.
ATM`s...ATM`s are all around Cebu City and take most cards.I try to take the maximum usually 15-20,000pp not all machines accomodate this the best two I `ve found for this are PCI Equitable & Citibank
Credit Cards.....Only use where you absolutely have to and try to ensure it is a reputable well known business.
Set right in the heart of Uptown district in Cebu City, Mango Avenue, El Gecko Restobar. A popular haunt of expats and locals with great international food, the cheapest beer in town, 30 peso and fantastic people. Multi screen TVs playing music DVDs and very welcoming staff !!! Start here before hitting the clubs later in the evening.
11am - 6pm - Friday - Saturday - Sunday - Happy Hour - San Miguel Beers - 30 Peso
11am - 2pm Lunch Time 15% Meal Discount
Check it Out !!!
Favorite thing: SM has got a traveler's lounge just outside the mall where travelers can leave their luggage for a certain fee (30 pesos regular, 60 pesos for bigger compartment). Now free from handcarries and luggage you can go inside the mall and do whatever you want at your own pace less the weight.
If you`re like me and your beer has to be cold(none of this ice in your glass stuff)then do yourself a favour and visit Yayoy`s Grill and Resto.
I have been visiting Cebu City since`05 and finally i`ve found a place that serves ice cold beer and I mean ice cold.
See my restaurant review for more details for Yayoy`s
You cannot do this if you are islamic or jewish or if a member of the 7th day adventist church as pork is not allowed to be eaten. however if you are not then you must partake of this famous cebu specialty as they claimed that cebu province dishes out the best lechon (roast pig) in the philippines and Anthony Bourdain ranked it number 1 in the world with the balinese roast pig at second and the puerto rican roast pig at third. Cebu Style lechon differs from the lechon of other regions of the philippines in that they all lemongrass leaves as stuffing inside the carcass of the pig with other herbs included hence the meat is very falovorful that you hardly need a dipping sauce for it (or you can make the cebuano vinegar called "pinaklurat" as a dipping sauce) unlike the lechon from the other regions which has pig liver sauce as dipping sauce. the lechon is tasty and salty at the same time and is available everywhere in cebu.
Fondest memory: famous lechon places are zubuchon, CNT, Ayer's Lechon and Roy's Lechon Cebu but there are a myriad of lechon outlets around the city. a simple plate of lechon with rice will cost 150 pesos an order and buying a kilogram of lechon is at 450 pesos an order, you can also order frozen lechon and whole pig lechon that are boxed in corrugated boxes for air freight wioth sizes from 5 kilograms to 15 kilograms and costs from 2,500 to 5,000 pesos for the whole roasted pig.
althought the sweetest mangoes in the philippines and around the world is being contested by the province of zambales and guimaras in the philippines, the best known mangoes for tourists and foreigners around the world are the cebu grown carabao mangoes and they are the most commercially advertised and mass produced unlike in other areas of the philippines as most mango products you see even abroad are mostly from cebu province. mangoes here are available all year round and you can order them as a dessert in itself or as a cake topping or a shakle or smoothie or even dried mango varietes and mango candies too. so don't leave cebu without tasting and buying their mango and mango derived products!
Fondest memory: assorted cebu mango products
Heavy Flood in Cebu ...
Next to SM, all roads blocked, some photo shots from the inside of the taxi as trying to reach the Radisson Blu Hotel ...
Authentic Cebu lechon is a must try!
Call Mang Danny to take you around 0919-375-3071