Cebu - Queen City of the South


We stayed in Cebu for 3 days. Our flight was early morning of Sunday, but it was delayed for 2 hours, I didn't care! Basta push ang Cebu! I came with my cousins Maffy & Gayle, Tita Belen and Ate Sol. We really didn't have an itinerary for our visit here. All we know is we'll go to Ayala because my cousin Maff is buying a condo in Ayala Cebu (sosyal!) then we'll go to the beach and city tour.  From the Mactan Airport we rented 2 taxis going to our accommodation, Allure Hotel  and Suites in Mandaue City.

Luckily, that same taxi driver can give us a tour within the city that day so we paid him 2500 pesos for the whole day city tour.  First stop is the famous Magellans Cross. Unfortunately, it's still under renovation due to last year's earthquake in Cebu which affect the foundation and structure of the cross.


Second stop is Fort San Pedro. Looks the same as Fort Santiago in Intramuros Manila. 




Third, we went to Taoist Temple located in Beverly Hills Village. Very similar in Baguio City.



Fourth, the famous Taboan Market where we bought all our dried fish pasalubongs. Last, we went to Shamrock Store. (Will do separate reviews on Taboan Market and Shamrock Store).




 

Our whole second day in Cebu, we spent it at Be Resort in Mactan. We were supposed to have an island hopping as per request of my balikbayan cousin from Dubai (Maffy), however, we're having difficulty in finding a tourism board/post near the bay area to ask for a legitimate tourist. Some quote us for 5000, some are 3500 all without lunch.  Just the island tour and snorkeling. It was pass 12 noon when we decide to just go at Be Resort, which I recommend because my kumare Jho was there last holy week and she told me that the place is beautiful yet not so expensive compare to its nearby resort like Crimson, Movenpeak and Shangrila. (I have separate review on Be Resort)



At night, we went to IT Park to find a good place to drink, which we didn't find any because all seats in the restaurants are occupied so we find an acoustic bar &  grill called Tonyo's Bar & grill which is  just walking distance from IT Park.

Third day, my cousin Gayle and I spent our day at the hotel, just went out,  to grab a coffee at a nearby Starbucks. Sobrang galak ko at may malapit na kapehan. Nabuhay ang diwa ko, whoohoo!! Our flight going back to Manila was 8pm so we decided to go at Crown Regency in Cebu to experience the famous Skywalk (which by the way, I didn't take a chance to do it!) It's only my two cousins who were brave enough to do it. Poor me! oks lang.. walang pilitan, ayoko itakbo sa ER dahil sa nerbyos!

Overall, we all had a great time in Cebu. Cebu is already a city so you wouldn't feel that you went out of Manila. The taxi cab is everywhere, many bars & grill all over Mandaue and Cebu.

Special thanks to my best-cuz Maffy who made this Cebu trip possible. (Wow!! Special mention ka dito cuz!)

26 comments:

  1. Although a little a far out, I was going to recommend Crimson but Be Resort seems to a nice play. Is it new? 2,500 isn't bad for the tour - Cebu cab drivers in general, are more polite and are better compared to the cab drivers here in Manila. You should've done the Skywalk. Promise, hindi sya nakakatakot.Ü

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    1. I think be resorts opened around late 2012
      On my next visit to Cebu I will try the sky walk.... 50/50 chance Haha

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  2. Nice pics! Where is the next stop?

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  3. The dried fish looks amazing to purchase with varied varieties to choose from. I love danggit and squid ...and ripe mangoes. You enjoyed your stay for sure.

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  4. Cebu is such a beautiful place. I've been there once, but I didn't get to explore it. I hope to come back again.

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  5. I wish to visit Cebu too with the kids hubby frequently visited during his stint in a telecom company just before the big quake that destroyed the facade of the Sto Nino Church

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  6. Wow! So many dried fish!~ Never been to cebu but looks like it's a place worth visiting!~ Enjoy your trip!

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  7. Cebi has lots to offer talga sa mga guests nya. My folks are from Cebu nut been there 2 times lang ata. Perhaps its about time to visit this Queen City of the South. But first I'll locate muna yung Queen City of the North.

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  8. I really hope they can standardize these island hopping tours. I am surprised the hotel does not have its own accredited tour operator so tourists will not have to canvass on their own.

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  9. Cebu is known for the beautiful beaches and scenery. But here, you show me more! Love the picture of yourself in front of the Fort San pedro!

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  10. First of all, I'm glad that Cebuanos are doing what they can to restore the places and tourist spots in their area after the earthquake. I'm glad to know they're recovering. Back to your vacation, I too plan to go to Cebu for my birthday. I will check the places you've mentioned so I can include it in my planning. :)

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  11. Looks like you had so much fun! "bulad" or "daing" or "dried fish"! Panalo! I'd didn't get the chance to go there even if I've been to cebu countless times. Hmmm, Cebu just had so much to offer and I just can't get enough of Cebu. Now planning my next trip there. haha

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  12. Glad you had such a wonderful time. I adore your striped bag in the photos. Looking gorgeous :)

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  13. Oh, We would go to taboan for the dried fish, too! My friend and I will be visiting Cebu this September and I am taking notes on where you went.

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  14. Did you have Sinugba and Puso? My husband's a local there but have only been there a handful of times with our eldest (she was our only child then). We always stay at Marco Polo and it was always great. I love how inexpensive everything is there, especially the food. :)

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    1. Yes we had sinugba and their famous sizzling bulalo everyday for 3 days.. Lol

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  15. Seeing this makes me miss Cebu a lot! It's just such a wonderful place to be in the Philippines! :D

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  16. I've been reading a lot about Cebu and I would so love to visit. The more I see the more I want to visit.

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  17. Cebu is famous for its seafood and beaches. Glad you have a great time there. I hope I can visit Cebu again.

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  18. I have not been to Cebu yesterday but have quiet a few friends from there who always bring those yummy dried fruits.

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  19. It's been so long since the last time I've been to Cebu! :D Your post really makes me want to visit soon. And true! Cebu is a really nice city, not very different from Manila. So it's nice that they have a beaches and resorts nearby, and a sprawling urban jungle at the same time.

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  20. Cabu has everything from Heritage Sites, to temples to beach and even night life. I always enjoy my trips there.

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  21. Someday I’d love to see the Magellan’s cross myself, as well as the other wonders of Cebu. It seems like you had a pretty good trip, judging from the huge smile on your picture.

    I want those dried fish.

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  22. Woohoo! Cebu had been in our must visit list for the longest time. Thanks��

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  23. Wohoo! I am envious that you get to go to Cebu. I've heard so many good things about this place from my church friends. I pray that I get a chance one day.

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  24. Oooh, i'm bookmarking be resort because of your recommendation! Movenpick's too pricey so yay for an alternative!

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