The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary
A fascinating place showcasing the extensive butterfly collection of the late Professor Julian Jumalon, including a small butterfly breeding area and his works of art. The so-called sanctuary is just the old residence of his family, where his daughter still lives and who now is in charge of the collection. His butterfly collection is vast and impressive, and the "paintings" he did using butterfly wings are unique and interesting. The latter are housed in a separate structure from the main house.
When we visited, we had the fortune of speaking with the professor's daughter who kindly gave us a tour of the place. We found out that despite its being quite known as a local attraction, and always a destination for school's educational trips, and being subject of various studies, the sanctuary has not received support, including financial, from the local government to maintain or expand the place. The minimal fee, which is around one dollar, we were told, is barely enough to keep the place running. With a treasure such as this in the city, serving both touristic and educational purposes, there should be support from government to maintain this important heritage. It is a very admirable effort from the part of the family to keep this endeavor going despite the almost nonexistent outside support it gets.Related to:
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University of San Carlos Museum
Step into the old campus of the University of San Carlos (oldest college in the Philippines and in Asia, 1595 - Jesuits)and visit their museum.
The museum has 4 small galleries: Spanish artifacts (religious images made of ivory, wooden retablos), Archaelogical finds (prehistoric hunting and gathering tools), Ethnographic collection (boat burials, burial jars, loincloth of various tribes), and Natural Science (preserved butterflies and insects).
08:00 - 12:00, 13:30 - 17:30 Monday-Friday
08:00 - 12:00 - SaturdayRelated to:
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Visit the Fuerza San Pedro
This fort is considered to be the smallest, oldest, most well preserved fort in the country. It was built by the soldiers under the command of the Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in 1565 and was completed in 1738 after much refurbishment. It has a museum which features, paintings, sculptures and other artifacts. The fort had a school and gardens.
The Department of Tourism Office in the fort accepts tourism students as apprentice tourist guides so there is no lack of eager cicerone to take you around the place.Related to:
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Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Sleep, relax, special time with your wife and family. Costabella Beach has several things to do. If swimming in the ocean isn't what you like they have two pools to choose from. One pool has a really neat slide and the other has a childrens shallow section.
Boats can be rented, jet skis are available and some of the locals will take you to neighboring islands for snorkeling or fishing. These guys are entreprenuers. They seem a bit shady, but we understand they're OK, just really rough around the edges.
Nearby there is parasailing. I wanted to try it, sort of. I don't do real well with heights, and that would probably cause me to fill my shorts with bricks!!!Related to:
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There's nothing like really, really relaxing about 1/2 way through your trip. Not that the other parts wern't relaxing, but to just relax and do nothing at your own pace is really GREAT! We spent several days at Costabella Beach Resort near Cebu.
Fort San Pedro
Fort Santiago is to Manila while Fort San Pedro is to Cebu.
Fort San Pedro has served its life in various roles throughout the years since first constructed. Built in 1738 at the initiative of Juan Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, it is the smallest and oldest bastion in the country built to repel Muslim raiders. At times, it served as a stronghold for Filipino revolutionaries, as a US Army barracks, and as a prison camp during the Japanese occupation.
Restored and preserved, Fort San Pedro now is a historical park w/ a museum on its 2nd floor. This triangular-shaped fort has a well-maintained lush garden at the center open area where visitors could take a refreshing break when touring the fort under the shades of age-old trees and vine-covered trellis-pathwaysRelated to:
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Marcelo Fernan Bridge
One of only 2 bridges that connects Cebu to Mactan Island and the newest, M. Fernan Bridge has a cable-stayed design structure with 3 spans. The 2 main towers being erected a distance away from the banks. Btw, the 2 bridges built across the Mactan Strait were designed high enough to accomodate even big ships to pass under, considering that the Cebu Seaport is practically within the area and being the busiest in Central Philippines.
The construction of this bridge relieved the once heavy vehicle traffic between Cebu and Mactan as served by the other old bridge. Named after a former SC Justice and son of Cebu, this new bridge structure design adds fresh look of emerging Cebu as a busy business center.Related to:
Climb the 99 steps of the Taoist Temple
This temple follows the teachings of Lao Tze. Devotees climb the 99 steps of the temple, light joss sticks and have their fortunes read by the monks. They undertake ritualistic activities on Wednesdays and Sundays. When climbing the steps you may want to rest a bit and gaze at the scene of downtown Cebu and if you're lucky, a glimpse of Mactan and maybe Bohol.
There is a souvenir shop in the compound where you can get objects which are guaranteed to bring you fortune, change your luck and keep you safe! I got suckered in and bought an antique chinese coin which i promptly lost on my way back to Manila. So much for luck!!!
Kawasan Falls - a treasure found
The hotel staff recommended that we visit the Kawasan falls. From our resort we took a short tricycle ride and asked our driver to just come back for us in the afternoon. At the entrance, we hired a guide but it's really not necessary because you can pretty much follow the trail to lead you to the falls, however, the guide did come in handy to watch over our stuff while we bask in the cool waters of the falls as well as take our pictures and record a video of us jumping from the rocks.
It's approximately a 15-25 minute walk from the entrance to the 1st level of the falls depending on how slow you are or if you stop and admire the surroundings. It's best to wear comfortable shoes since the path is a bit rocky and uneven.
AS we got closer to the falls you can hear the cascading waters and the minute we got to the first level it was so refreshing that you just want to jump in.... the water was so inviting and the surrounding lush scenery added to its charm. There are tables that have been set up where you can order your food and leave your stuff I think the rate is about P150 for the table rental and the food although simple is quite cheap.
Other than swimming, you can for a small fee ride on the bamboo raft that would take you inside the waterfalls... you can even get off and climb up on the rocks and dive or jump or belly flop (warning: the last one can hurt) the men who maneuvers the raft would stop and let the cascading water massage you. This is a unique and fun experience that you will really enjoy. You can also climb up to the 2 other levels of the waterfalls and there are less people since it's quite a steep and slippery climb but again the lush surroundings will amaze you.Related to:
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Basilica Minore del Santo Nino - Cebu City
The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in Cebu City is just a few walks away from Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross. It is where the miraculous Santo Nino de Cebu is enshrined - considered as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. Given By Magellan to Queen Juana in 1521, the statue survived the times and since then Cebuanos have cherished and endeared the image.
The country's oldest church, the basilica was built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fray de Urdaneta. Rebuilt and restored in due time, the church was finally conferred as Basilica in 1965.Related to:
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Mactan Shrine - Lapu-lapu Monument.
On April 27, 1521 on the actual site where the shrine is , then local chieftain Lapu-lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders killing their leader, Ferdinand Magellan. Thus, Lapulapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European agression to the Philippine Islands making him the first recognized Filipino hero.
A larger-than-life statue of Lapu-lapu bravely wielding a bolo and a shield is facing the sea at the far coastal end of the shrine's well-kept park. A 10-m 4-sided monument made of coral stones stand at the center of the shrine as a marker.Related to:
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Visit the Taoist Temple.
Taoism as a religion or philosophy is very much alive at the Taoist Temple at Busay Hills a few kilometers uphill from downtown Cebu. The temple where the teachings of the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu serves as guide to one's way of life attracts a lot of visitors. Be the local Chinese living in Cebu who do ritual activities the Taoist way of lighting incense sticks and asking for guidance for their future endeavors or the mostly curious tourists/visitors who want a glimpse of Taoism ways.
Being located at an elevated slope of Busay Hills, the place which is built with temples of spacious viewing balconies commands a panoramic view of downtown Cebu. The temples are painted in colorful Chinese colors with dragons adorning the corners of their roofs.Related to:
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Fantastic way to spend a day with close friends/& family. It is best to leave early so you're able to do a lot of islands. You have to bargain, well ask one boat and then go to the other (not really sure as I didnt do the haggling) but as there's heaps of them it shouldnt be hard to get a good rate. We paid Php 3000 and we were able to fit at least 30 people with room for a lot more!
We were only able to do 2 islands...we'll we got to set foot on one, while we swam near the other. Can't remember the islands but all you have to do is ask the boat crew what's the best islands to go to, they would know as thats what they do for a living (that's what we did anyways).
Also best to bring food with you to last the day. We brought along puso (hanging rice), lechon baboy, lechon manok & a large fish, which we got the boat crew to cook; i think they had some form cooking aparatus (i was busy swimming to take note ;-))
Also don't forget to bring SUNSCREEN! We didn't and as a result we became so DARK!!!Related to:
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In Carcar, the town plaza is a Rotunda by the center of the town's commercial area. The monuments and structures within the rotunda is revealing of its style of the Commonwealth era when it was built. The place is well-lighted at night making it a favorite place to hang-out considering it is centrally located in the town properRelated to:
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A few steps away from Fort San Pedro, Magellan's Cross is within reach. This is Cebu's most famous landmark. In 1521, Magellan planted a wooden cross on this very spot where the first Filipinos, Rajah Humabon, Queen Juana and 400 of their followers were baptized. During the 18th century, people started taking chips from the cross believing it had miraculous powers. What was left of the original cross has thus been encased in tindalo wood and was further placed inside a display area to further protect it.
The cross inside the covered dome landmark is definitely not of the original one. The painting in the ceiling of the dome depicts the history behind this cross which is basically the birth of Christianity in the PhilippinesRelated to:
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