Yooneek Beach Resort in Bantayan Island is definitely one of my favorite beaches. Fine powdery white sand which you can walk barefooted. Very safe for children coz no sudden depths. I can sit whole day gazing at the blue horizon with a cool drink. The scenery is just so breathtaking. The colors of the sea with the sky is spectacular. Bancas just adds beauty to the scene. The sound of swaying palm trees lining the beach can lull you to sleep. Don't miss the sunset. You can't just help but admire it's beauty.
Mactan Island is one of the major tourist haven of Cebu, boasting with a diverse collection of tourist activities and attractions. Mactan offers some of the best diving experience in the Visayas.
The dive sites around Mactan and nearby Nalusuan Is.( home of the Blue spotted stingray) and Hilutungan Is. teeming with big schools of Trevally's, Batfish and Yellow ribbon Sweetlips.
For hardcore and well experience divers, Marigondon Cave suites your crave for extreme diving. A cave in a wall has it's entrance at 30-40 meters, penetration is approx. 40 meters( bring torch). Inside the cave is teeming with, Lion fish, Paddle fin Cardinal, Flashlight fish and soft sandy crater in the bottom( watch your fin strokes).
Mactan Shrine is a top tourist attraction. Here you can find the monument of Lapu Lapu, the first Filipino hero. In the vicinity, you can find shops selling souvenir items ranging from local crafts to guitars. Nearby is the popular sutukil offering yummy seafood cook to perfection. This place is touristry so expect a high price for the food. You can also walk to nearby Shangrila Mactan Resort & Spa & take a look at Cebu's top resort.
Mountain View Resort is located in Busay on your way to trancentral highway. It is just a few minutes from Cebu City. If you love nature, this is the place to be. Be warned though that your car must be in good condition for those steep roads. This place requires a demanding physical hike up to the top where the cross is. You can bring food & have picnic inside the resort. Also quite nice during evening to view the city lights. Entrance is P50.
For the City tour:
Fort San Pedro
Magellan & Lapu Lapu Shrine then eat at Sutukil
Market for Danggit :)
Relax at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
Its towering facade blends Muslim, Romanesque, and neo-classical architecture, this church of the Señor Santo Niño de Cebu–which translates literally as “holy child of Cebu.”
Cebu’s oldest Roman Catholic Church, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, also still retains the original stone texture and natural color it had in 1735.
t is widely believed that the Santo Niño image is the same one given by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Queen Juana of Cebu in 1521, that same year when she, her husband Datu Humabon, and several of their followers where baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. When it was found, it was burnt so bad it was hardly recognizable and its survival was considered as nothing short of a miracle.
The Santo Niño image’s reputation as miraculous is buoyed by reports of basilica helpers that it sometimes goes out of its glass case to take long walks at night. They point to grass stains on the hem of its dress as evidence. The stories are dismissed as superstition but they strengthened beliefs of devotees that the Santo Niño de Cebu, “Cebu’s holy child”, watches over Cebu.
Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to come to the Philippines in 1521. Also known as Fernao Magalhaes or Fernando Magallanes, he was a Portuguese navigator working for the King of Spain in search of the spice islands (now part of Indonesia, known as Maluku or Moluccas islands). When he and his crews landed on Cebu island, a native chief, Rajah Humabon, met and befriended him. Rajah Humabon, his wife and hundreds of his native warriors agreed to accept Christianity and were consequently baptized.
Magellan planted a cross to signify this important event about the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith in what is now Cebu, in central Philippines. The original cross is reputedly encased in another wooden cross for protection, as people started chipping it away in the belief that it had miraculous healing powers. This prompted the government officials to encase it in tindalo wood and secured it inside a small chapel called "kiosk." Some say, however, that the original cross was actually destroyed. The Magellan cross displayed here is said to be a replica of such cross. It is housed in a small chapel located in front of the present city hall of Cebu, along Magallanes Street (named in honor of Magellan).
Sadly, Magellan met his death under the hands of another Visayan chief, Lapu-Lapu, when he went to the nearby island of Mactan. Mactan is also part of today's Metropolitan Cebu. There, both the statues of Magellan and Lapu-Lapu proudly stand to commemorate the tragic meeting of east and west in this part of the world.
It took another 45 years (1565) before Cebu was visited again by another European. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, under orders from King Philip of Spain, came and made Cebu the first capital of the Spanish colony known as Las Islas Filipinas. erdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on April 21, 1521.
It might seem funny to list going to a market as a fun and rewarding thing to do, but let me tell you Carbon Market is quite a great way to see and enjoy the Philippines especially Cebu. There is such a huge variety of food and about everything else. There are hogs hanging up and so many different kinds of fish and dozens of varieties of rice. Not very many tourist visit this market. To get there just catch a jeepney anwhere around Cebu City that says Carbon Market on the side. A market like this gives you the real feel of the islands. All the food is freshly picked and just caught. There is so much to see at the market. Might be a good idea to have your Filipina wife, family or friend go with you if you plan on buying anything. If not you could get charged a higher amount. Have fun at the market!
This is one of Cebu's heritage located in the Paria-an district. A beautiful Spanish colonial house originally built in the 1860's. The first Filipino Bishop of Cebu , Juan Gorordo once lived here. The house is now fully restored and furnished in the style of the period. Inside, there are still some original furnitures and wares kept. Today is a museum opened to the public taken care by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Join a guided tour and you will know more of this place. She said, securities has observed some haunted noises inside this house!
During our visit, taking photos inside the museum was not allowed.
This factory boasts not only their popular guitars but also the huge mango tree extending shades to the premises. Since i was a kid, i used to hear this line, ang sista sa Alegre maayo ug calidad! meaning, Alegre guitars have good quality! On our recent visit, we did a sightseeing trip including this itenirary. It is fascinating to see the process of making them, the various designs , good quality of material used and affordable. Ukeleles, the small ones, are the best souvenirs to buy. Well, if the luggage doesn't have any more space , the guitar keyholders or magnets will do as take away things.
Cebu's cathedral is located in the heart of the city. One of the famous pilgrimage in the Philippines. The facade of the church is a blending of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neo-Classical features. I'ved been here many times before but took some photos only this recent visit . As you may see my pictures, the outside looks like it is an old church commonly seen somewhereelse. The church is considered as the first established one in the country. The interior of the cathedral is a must to see.
Situated in the capital city of Cebu, built in April 21, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan. Here is the spot where the first Christian Filipinos, Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana and about 400 followers, were baptized by Fr. Pedro Valderema. In 1525 to 1740, the Agustinian priests built an open shrine for the cross but the natives began to take chips from the cross believing it had miraculous power so a kiosk-like structure was built to protect the cross from total destruction. To protect it further, a hollow cross of wood was made to encase the original cross which still stands today.
Santa Fe port is where your ferry will dock for your trip coming from Hagnaya port in North Cebu. Arriving here you will find plenty of tricycles that will take you to your hotel. You can also rent motorcycle for about P250 per day. Better inquire about this at the hotel to avoid being rip off.
Hagnaya in North Cebu is the kick off point for trips to Bantayan Island. This is where you will take a ro-ro (roll-on roll-off) ferry costing around P140 fare for one way trip. Discounts are given to children. Land trip from Cebu City to Hagnaya is about 3 hours.
The smallest and oldest tri-bastion fort in the country. This served as the nucleus of the Spanish settlement in the Philippines. It has a total inside area of 2,025 sq. meters. The walls are 20 feet high, 8 feet thick, and the tower is 30 feet high from the ground. Work was first started on May 8, 1565 with Miguel Lopez De Legazpi breaking the ground. After the battle of Manila Bay, Commodore George Dewey turned the fort to the local Cebuanos, and then it became the American Warwick Barracks during the American Regime, which was later converted into classrooms where the Cebuanos received formal education.
During World War II, from 1941 to 1945, it served as fortification for Japanese soldiers. When the battle for liberation was fought, the fort served as an army camp. After 1950, Cebu Garden Club took over and fixed the inner court into a miniature garden. For a couple of years it also housed the Cebu City Zoo. In 1978 to August 15, 1993, it housed the offices of Department of Tourism and the Philippine Tourism Authority. At present, it is under the care and administration of the PTA and now houses the National Museum that showcases the San Diego shipwreck & Fort San Pedro diggings. Taking pictures in the musuem is not allowed.