The Beauty That Is Cebu

Hello everyone! How I’ve missed writing to you guys and sharing my stuff here on WordPress. I’ve been pretty busy lately and I couldn’t seem to find the time to even jot down an entry or two on my blog. I’m really sorry. However, this week is my Mandatory Scheduled Leave week so finally, after eons of waiting, I get to have this opportunity again to tell you about my recent adventures.

Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I travelled to Cebu together for the first time (talk about #relationshipgoals! Haha). We were so excited over the whole trip, albeit it was cut short due to some emergency that had to take us back home. But, let me just share with you some snippets of our first trip together.

DAY 1

We didn’t really have some serious itinerary planning for this trip. We were able to book a promo airfare for the both of us which only costed us around P2,500.00 (round trip). So we decided to give it a go.

(While waiting for our flight)

We stayed at Edmund’s childhood friend’s place so we were able to save some cash for our day trip on the morrow. When we arrived at Cebu, AC (Ed’s friend) picked us up from the airport and strolled us around Cebu’s two biggest malls, Ayala Center Cebu and SM Seaside Cebu. Mall games in the Philippines are still going strong, mind you.

Before embarking on our mall hopping, AC took us to a rugged mini restaurant called “Pungko pungko sa Fuente”. The main dish was fried pork insides called “Chicharon Bulaklak”. It was up to you to decide how many pieces you’ll get together with the famous Filipino rice balls, puso. 

(We’re about to use our hands to eat)

(Image from whereiscebu.com)

We then moved to Ayala Center Cebu, where one of its main attractions is its long terraces just in the middle of the mall. It is always Ayala Malls’ signature to add a little bit of nature inside its establishments.

(Image from thousandwonders.net)

After what seemed like a whole day of intensive strolling, we were able to relax our sore feet and unwind at a “night market” called “Mercado sa Sugbo” in Cebu IT Business park, where a lot of entrepreneurs who showcase their food, jewelries, bags, and more converge together on a weekly basis (usually on weekends). It was fun and people were just chilling around with their family and friends. The food was great and just right for a light dinner.

(People are settling down on long tables while waiting for their meals)

Day 2

For our second day (which was also our last day), we took a day trip around the city to visit some of the local tourist attractions in the area. Our first stop was the Basilica del Sto. Niรฑo which was located near University of San Carlos  – a school known for its top performing graduates in all fields. 

(Front view of the church)

(A local vendor displays her colorful balloons for sale)

The Basilica was a sight to behold. People were busy coming in and out to offer their prayers or simply to wander around and relax under the cool shade of the trees and buildings. We then went to see Magellan’s Cross, the famed Cross which the Portuguese explorer put on Cebuano soil.

We also visited Fort San Pedro, another must-see place if you want to get a feel of history all over again. The interior decoration was beautiful and emitted a feeling of being in the past and reliving those historic moments. All of these locations were travelled to by walking!

(Inside Fort San Pedro)

Although we still wanted to remain in Cebu, our time was cut short due to an emergency Basketball game for the local bankers’ association in Cagayan de Oro which is Orobankers. We decided to book a ferry ticket for our hometown and just got home in the morning. 

Our boat was to depart at 8 P.M., so we were still able to do some last minute sight seeing in another one of Cebu’s big malls, Robinson’s Galleria. 

(Inside Sans Rival Restaurant. What cool interiors!)

(Wandering feet)

I really wish we can go back to Cebu and probably go beaching if only Time allows. There still is so much more to see and I want to experience more of this Queen City of the South.

(My baby’s first time to ride a ferry.haha)

I’d definitely go back and visit Cebu’s neighboring places like Dumaguete and Bacolod which also have their own beautiful attractions to look forward to.

I hope you guys had a great weekend!

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