Cebu, Second Time Around

Note: Sad with the recent earthquake in Cebu, I think it is about time to blog about our 2013 vacations, starting with our travel to Cebu.

Technically, this is the 3rd time I was in Cebu, the first being just in a ship having a brief stopover at Cebu’s seaport on the way to Cagayan de Oro way back in late 90’s. The second is work-related several years back, where my companions (my boss and clients) are more interested in booze after dark. The only tourist destination we were able to visit is the Lapu-lapu Shrine in Mactan.

This year it is an official scheduled vacation with my in-laws. An apparent sequel to our Bohol getaway a couple years back.

We arrived in Mactan Cebu International Airport (13 July) almost midnight via Cebu Pacific Air and passed the night at ‘Cebu R Hotel‘. The following morning after breakfast, we headed via taxi to Maribago’s Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa. We opted to get a room though we are there just for day use of the facilities and lunch.

A relaxing view at White Sands Resort in Maribago

A relaxing view at White Sands Resort in Maribago with rolling clouds, blue water and white sands

Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa, eat all you can buffet for only P750 per person

Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa, eat all you can buffet for only P750 per person

In the afternoon, my wife’s relatives picked us up at the resort to spend a night at their house near Mactan Air Base, where the family is working in the military (airforce). The following morning we were even accompanied for a tour in Mactan, including in guitar stores, gift centers, and at Lapu Lapu Shrine.

A visit and stay for a night with relatives at Mactan Air Base.  I just love the leafy vegetables in the garden.

A visit and stay for a night with relatives at Mactan Air Base. The green leafy vegetable in the background is a breakfast item the following morning — that I do really liked!

Marker reads: "Here on 27 April 1521, Lapu Lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders, killing their leader, Ferdinand Magellan.  this Lapu Lapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression"

Marker reads: “Here on 27 April 1521, Lapu Lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders, killing their leader, Ferdinand Magellan. this Lapu Lapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression”

Thereafter we were transported back to Cebu City in ‘Hotel Stella‘ where we have a prior hotel booking, after having our lunch at ‘CnT Lechon‘ (I was actually looking towards Zubuchon’s version of lechon, but settled satisfied with CnT anyway).

The trip will not be complete without savouring 'lechon de leche' where Cebu is know for

The trip will not be complete without sampling the sinful ‘lechon de leche’ where Cebu’s version is known for

The following day, we continued our tour within Cebu City, and hunted for gifts and souvenir items for our family back in Antipolo. With plenty of tourist spots to visit but with limited time, we settled for quick stops for souvenir photos.

Cebu being a very important city and business center, that I should say next to Manila, is crowded with tourists and business visitors.

Heritage of Cebu Monument at the Parian Park, depicting early local inhabitants at the beginning of European colonization

Heritage of Cebu Monument at the Parian Park, depicting early local inhabitants at the beginning of European colonization

An ancestral house which is said to be one of the oldest houses in the Philippines built in the 17th century.

An ancestral house which is said to be one of the oldest houses in the Philippines built in the 17th century.

Basilica del Santo Niño, the oldest Roman Catholic Church established in the Philippines tracing its roots in 1565.

Basilica del Santo Niño, the oldest Roman Catholic Church established in the Philippines tracing its roots in 1565.

A group of life-sized statues in front of the Basilica

A group of life-sized statues in front of the Basilica

Marker reads: "This Cross of Tindalo Wood Encases the Original Cross Planted by Ferdinand Magellan On This Very Site.  April 21, 1521"

Marker reads: “This Cross of Tindalo Wood Encases the Original Cross Planted by Ferdinand Magellan On This Very Site. April 21, 1521”

A quick visit to Fort San Pedro in the Pier Area, Plaza Independencia.

A quick visit to Fort San Pedro in the Pier Area, Plaza Independencia.

Our last stop is the Taoist Temple. It is late gloomy afternoon with occasional rain showers and lightning flashing from the sky, but we still managed to visit the place and enjoy the beauty of the city that can be viewed from the temple with matching streaks of lightning creeping the dusking sky.

Taoist Temple, built in 1972 at Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu

Taoist Temple, built in 1972 at Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu

Early morning on Tuesday (16 July), we headed back to the airport to catch our 6:05AM flight back to Manila. Cebu is a really nice city, I am looking forward to my ‘fourth trip’ in Cebu, whether business or leisure, or both.

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Sophie's World, Rinojo's Playground. Almost crazy. Usually sane. Occasionally busy. Always lazy.

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