Cebu Adventure Day 4: WHOLE DAY TOUR!

Ok. Good Morning! It’s already 6am and some of the girls are already prepared to go. My legs are still aching from yesterday’s shoot. I just want to sleep….

7am. I finally woke up. They’ve decided not to go to Kawasan falls. They want to go to Mactan Island for a swim. Ok, fine. I just wanna go the falls. Of course, not all will agree with you. Only the adventurous will!

After breakfast and preperation, We got into the taxi @ around 8am. Fortunately, the driver (i think the name’s Manong Joy) was pretty talkative and he became our instant tourist guide. After all the negotiations, we agreed to pay him PHP2300 for a whole day tour in Mactan and Cebu.

Along the way, we passed on the new Marcelo Fernan Bridge connecting Mactan and Cebu Island. Not so close to the Golden Gate bridge in Sanfo but still, it’s majestic.

First Stop: Big Foot studios

According to manong, this is where some of the filipino movies are produced. Included in the building is a workshop for artists and a school for inspiring directors.

Second Stop: Lapulapu Shrine

Mactan Shrine

Lapu, Lapu.

Mactan Beach.

According to them, this is where Magellan docked and was confronted by Lapu-lapu. A historic battle was done here which leads to the death of Magellan.

3rd Stop: Hadsan Beach

Ok, they are looking for a cheap but good looking beach and white sand. Manong leaded us to Hadsan beach. Entrance is only PHP40 but you have to pay PHP50 per use shower. Cottage also costs PHP700. So we left our bags on the taxi and we had a swim w/o taking a shower (budget wise!).

We enjoyed the coolness of the water and flour-like sand. Only comment is that sea shore is almost full of seaweeds. Not that harmful but It gives me the creeps everytime I step in.

We left the beach @ around 12pm.


4th Stop: Alegre Guitars

Still at Mactan. I was curious about this coz I keep hearing stories that guitars from Cebu are with good quality. Especially coming from Alegre. So I asked manong to take us there and see what’s in store.

The place is like a factory of guitars. You can see how guitars are made and crafted into perfection. Inside the store, you can see different sizes, colors of guitars. Although they are a bit pricey, they are really of in good quality.

Now im really getting hungry…

I asked them to try the famous CNT lechon. But since I’ve already tried (the girls are not into “lechon” thing) we asked manong where the good dishes (food) are located.

5th Stop: Lunch Time @ Triple AAA

He brought us to Triple A, restaurant (or should I say, big carinderia). Their specialty are “Inihaw na sinugba/situkil and Tinolang bariles.”

The food was great! Our hunger is worth the wait! If ever I’d go back to Cebu, I would not want to miss the dishes on this resto. Also I tried a lump of rice which pretty much like “mais”. Not the typical rice that we eat daily.

After the sumptuous meal, Manong told that he will bring us to “TOPS” which is the highest vantage point in Cebu City, Overlooking the whole city and even it’s nearest islands.

6th Stop: TOPS of the world

The road to tops reminds me of baguio and tagaytay. A lot of zig-zags and the air was soooo cold. It took us around 30-45 mins before we reach Tops, which is the highest vantage in Cebu. The scenery is breathtaking. A good place to relax, read a book or just spend a time with your love one.

About 15-30 mins, we decided to have the next stop. It is already around 4 and there are lots of places that we need to cover.

7th Stop: Climbing the Taoist Temple

What I’ve read about the temple is true! It’s like climbing a mountain with those steps. I’ve tried counting our steps and I think It took around 80+ before reaching the top! Not so much to say here since this place is the haven for Taoist. You can see a lot of Buddha Statues and scrolls.

8th Stop: Casa Gorordo

Going down we are! Already at downtown around 5, I remembered Casa Gorordo and manong dropped us there. It has an entrance fee and unfortunately we can’t take pictures so we decided to let it go. Well, this area is a collection of antique and artifact from the Gorordo Clan.

9th Stop: Fort San Pedro

I really want to see Fort San Pedro. Accoring to what I’ve read, this the smallest fort ever built here in the Philippines. It was almost 5:30 when we get there. From the entrance, we can see the earlier pictures of the fort which is pretty much made in bamboo! I came inside and it was just small compared to Fort Santiago in Manila. It was like a triangular shape with a couple of cannons on every side.

10th: Magellan’s Cross & Basilica de Sto. Nino

It was really getting dark when we arrived at downtown Cebu. Unforunately, the gates on the cross are already closed but I was still able to get a picture of it.

Want to know a secret?

The cross erected on the “Magellans Cross” is not the actual cross but just a replica. The actual cross is already buried “underneath” the replica. In this way, It will be preserved for years and years to come. (that explains the surface of the cross shown which is still shiny and almost new assuming that it is more than 500 years old)

After checking the cross, we walked a few meters and arrive at the Basilica. There was a mass on-going so we silently went in. The place was so big and you can easily get lost. I took a few shots of the church and the Sto. Nino. There are lots of people in line just to be able to touch the Sto. Nino. Unfortunately, we don’t have much time so after taking photos we left.

Final Stop: Tabo-an Market

After the long journey, it’s time to buy some pasalubongs for my love ones and of course my colleagues at the office. Lots of danggits and dried fish/squid but at a high price! If I can remember it’s 425 per kilo of boneless danggit. I bought half a kilo of danggit and squid. Some dried mangoes and chorizo is included in my pasalubong box too.

After the tireless shopping. We decided to call it a day and manong drop us home.

Whew, I was too hungry that time I ride a jeepney to Larsian and ordered some food for take home.

After dinner and a little talk. We slept early since we have an AM flight. 4:30am!

Up Next: Cebu Adventure Day 5: I Shall Return


~ by Administrator on February 12, 2008.

8 Responses to “Cebu Adventure Day 4: WHOLE DAY TOUR!”

  1. yup, Bigfoot prod is also known for international movies…gusto ko sana magapply jan but hello cebu!? goodluck naman saken…hahaha. ayus sa trip ha seems like sinusulit mo vacation mo. kaiinggit! buti ka pa nakarating ka na ng Cebu unlike me, cebuanas/os pa man din grandparents ko! 🙂

  2. hi rachelle! 😀 try mo din malay mo naman diba? ok nga sa cebu mura pamasahe. haha. 6 petot sa jeep. sinulit talaga vacation kaso yung bulsa slit na. 😀 wag kang magalala makakarating ka din cebu. ako inde pa nakarating iloilo. hometown ng mother side ko yun e. pero next year baka dinagyang naman ako. hehe

  3. thanks for sharing. we’re thinking having a day-tour in Cebu then hed to Bohol the next day. are the places you visited near from each other? please reply. thanks!

  4. hi honney. hmm they are not really that close to each other. we need to hire a cab to visit all of the places. we took one day to visit all the places that i’ve mentioned on my blog. enjoy ur trip 🙂

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  6. @ Maxi Adrian…..Hello..baka naman pwedeng makuha yung telephone number ni manong Jay….pupunta rin kami sa Cebu eh..thanks

  7. @ Maxi Adrian……maybe you can tell us how to contact this manong jay…..ty again

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