Traveling has been very hassle for most travelers for almost a year now because of the pandemic. For so many requirements and documents to submit upon boarding the plane, even in a local destination, is really time consuming and a bit expensive. Well, of course everybody should follow health protocols and restrictions upon traveling for the safety of everyone. So for now I’ll just make another travel throwback while waiting for the tourist industry back to normal operation.
One of my favorite local travel was when me and my friends backpacked for more than 10 days in four destinations in Visayas Island, the city of Cebu, Bohol province, Dumaguete City and Siquijor Island. Actually Cebu was really not in our plan, but because of cheap air fare available, we grabbed the chance to visit the city even for a short time. Our plan was to take a ferry from Cebu to Bohol to make our trip more affordable. Our one way ticket brought us to the beautiful province of Cebu. We landed in Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City without any itinerary. We grabbed a cab going to Cebu City and there we looked for affordable room to stay-in just for a night. We decided to tour the city of Cebu for only a day. It’s good that one of my friend speaks the local dialect so we didn’t have any difficulty asking for directions or talking with the locals.
Cebu is one of the oldest province in the Philippines with a lot of historical backgrounds to explore to, not to mention the beautiful beaches around the island. Here are some of the best places we visited in Cebu City:
Tops Lookout. Here you can get the most spectacular 360 degree view of the city. Best to visit here is during morning to avoid the heat or in the evening to enjoy the sparkling night view. You can get here by cab or hire and get bargain with a habal-habal (a motorcycle) which can backride up to two passengers.
Taoist Temple. Located in Beverly Hills Subdivision of the city. Getting at the top of the temple takes you to climb steep steps and winding paths. But once you get there, you’ll experience the beautiful views of the island. Visitors are also allowed to join in the ritual infront of the shrine. Just make sure to take off your shoes before entering the temple.
Fort San Pedro. A historical fortress which was built in 1738 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. You can see the history of Spanish influences in the Cebuanos upon entering inside.
1730 Jesuit House. It is a local project that aims to preserve one of Cebu’s historic sites. This ancient house feels like you stepped a hundred years back through history as you entered the place. A lot of antiques, artifacts, carvings and a century-old furniture are found inside.
Magellan’s Cross. A large wooden cross standing under a Spanish-styled pavilion in the heart of the city. It is said to be planted by the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 when he arrived in the Philippines shores, to marked the first contact of Catholicism in the island.
There are still more to visit in this beautiful province of Cebu, but due to our limited time and unplanned side trip here, we failed to explore more. But definitely we will do someday as we get the chance to visit again this wonderful island.