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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Posted on 18 October 2013, in Travel and tagged Cebu, Cebu R Hotel, Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa, CnT Lechon, Ferdinand Magellan, Hotel Stella, Lapu Lapu, Mactan. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.