Exploring Cebu, The Queen City of South

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  • Kawasan
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  • simala shrine
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  • Kuya J food
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I have often stayed in Cebu City every time I’m in vacation, it’s a big known place after the footstep of Metro Manila popular for its Sinulog Festival largest festival in the Philippines.

It is the place where Ferdinand Magellan arrived, explored, discovered, and established the spanish colonization in the country, known for its beautiful islands and tourists spots.

Cebu City

Cebu city

The Queen City of the South, Cebu City Philippines.

The first tour that I have done with my family here in Cebu was to visit a lot of tourists spots;

  • Basilica of Sto. Niño,
  • Taoist Temple,
  • Magellan’s Cross,
  • Lapu-Lapu Shrine,
  • Fort San Pedro and
  • Simala Shrine.

For the second time its with my family again. first thing to do after my flight is to eat like a monster in a restaurant called “Hukad” it’s a Cebuano word means “to serve food” popularly use by Visayan people in breakfast, lunch or dinner or anytime when they eat.

Food at Hukad

It was Holy thursday and mostly all the restaurants and malls weren’t open. so we ask the taxi driver to drop us to the nearest place where we can eat diner and fortunately Park Mall is open.

We ordered some traditional Filipino food that I’ve longed, for like pork sisig, sizzling bangus, bulalo, monggo soup, atsara, pinakbet, and of course garlic rice.

The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Cebu city inglesia

On the next day we went for a walk going to the Basilica of Sto. Niño at the city town.

According to the history, the holy child (Sto. Niño) statue was given to the wife of Raja of Cebu by the Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan upon the royal couple’s christening.

cebu santo nino       sto.nino church

On the left picture is the Pilgrim Center where devotees come to hear mass in Basilica, built for the purpose of accommodating the increasing population of devotees who come to visit the place.

View inside the place

The last time that we have visited this place. I vividly remembered that the walls and the upper part of the Basilica destroyed caused by the earthquake, I felt happy to see that it’s now repaired as good as new.

As expected a lot of people come here to attend the mass and visit Sto. Niño’s statue. but this time most of them light candles solemnly and pray.

Jollibee, Cebu

Jollibee

After a short in this holy place next to go is to fill my stomach with my favorite fast food “Jollibee” we ordered some spaghetti, fries (not french fries), and burger patties with mushrooms and rice.

Jollibee is not just an ordinary fast-food chain. it has rice based meals which suited for Asians especially Filipinos who eat rice 3-4 times a day.

It serves also burgers, side orders and desserts like other fast-foods but this one is the leading company in Philippines.

All people Filipinos rather from young to old ones knows Jollibee.

Prices are very affordable with your 2 euros you can have a meal. it’s basically known to all Filipinos wherever you go just try to ask if they know Jollibee and the answer will be “Yes” for sure.

Magellan’s Cross

magellans cross

Magellan’s Cross located just right next to the Basilica of Sto. Niño. A house that symbolizes the Christianity that Ferdinand Magellan once ordered to his people to build this chapel with a cross on it.

This place is one of the famous spots in Cebu, which people from different countries come here to take some pictures of this historical chapel.

Magellan, considered as the person who discovered Philippines. he also name it after the king of Spain on that time who is King Philip “las islas Felipinas” the islands belonging to Philip and the spreading of Christianity in the country as well as the spanish colonization for more than 300 years.

It’s a happy feeling for me to be able to take a good picture with the Magellan’s Cross and its features.

I remember the last time I visited this there was a horrible earthquake occurred in Bohol and Cebu this chapel was also affected and by that time.

Whale Shark Watching at Oslob

whale shark

On the next day we decided to go for a long trip, to start with the Whale Shark watching in Tan-awan Oslob.

It has started to be very famous in Cebu highlighting the whale sharks who come daily to be feed by the local fishermen under supervision of foreign and national environmentalists and scientists.

How to visit the place

To visit this place you really need to wake up early for the travel that may occur it’s about 4 hours from the city center.

If you are already at the nearest resort in Tan-awan, in Cebu City you need either to take a bus or to get a package tour deal from your hotel.

Fortunately with my family we have found a local taxi driver who helped us to easily get in and have some connections to make it faster access like VIP’s.

Tariffs of the whale shark watching may differ if you’re going to swim with them or not. but before everything else after the registration at the resort, you will undergo a short briefing about precautions.

Do’s and dont’s during your swimming with whale sharks, do not worry whale sharks “butanding” are very friendly but you must follow the guides and rules given by the facilitator.

Opening hours is from 6:00am to 12:00pm only, so try to be there very early to avail a slot. 500 pesos (10 euros) fee per person.

You can rent a go pro camera with unlimited pictures and videos underwater with free CD and pay a service charge to the resort.

Check it here if you want to visit Kawasan Falls Without the Crowds and On A Budget 

Where actually is Oslob?

Located in the southern part of Cebu, It may take you 3 hours or more to go here via car. Do you love diving? then I have a perfect match for you. Visit this Top 10 Best Dive Sites in the world.

Kawasan Falls

Kawasan

Kawasan Falls was our next destination after Oslob, it’s about an hour drive at Badian.

After arriving at the entrance vehicles are not permitted to continue the road so people needs to walk for around 1,5 km from then on you will see this fantastic cascade.

The place is filled with locals as well as foreigners, as we arrived in the area our guide reserved us a raft for a “pool tour” closer look of the waterfalls and a shower massage under the falling water.

Cottages are rentable from 500 pesos to 2,500 pesos depending on location plus raft rent of 300 pesos.

You can also avail some tour packages which includes canyoneering and cliff jumping adventure.

Unfortunately even if we wanted to stay more we have to budget our time.

When the tour in the raft and the shower massage ended, we directly went down and head on our next trip to Simala shrine which will take us another hours of drive.

Simala Shrine

simala church

The miraculous shrine in Sibonga known for its collection of various types of Mama Mary’s statues from all over the world.

Its winding staircase, its unique structure and faceted layout, arched balconies, jagged terraces and the castle life façade which will make you amaze.

Considered as a holy place for christians, as you visit inside countless letters from devotees will welcome you.

Photos of miraculous Virgin Mary, the thanks giving letter from all who have their wishes and prayers came true and the gifts and offerings of the people expressing their gratitude.

Second time to visit here and each time is another treasure of experience that I will keep in my heart.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

simala church

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Angels and of St. Vitales is a typical colonial spanish church which decorated with carved reliefs of floral motifs.

Cebu established as a diocese and higher as metropolitan archdiocese and an application is still pending at the Vatican for its elevation into a minor basilica.

To start our last day before going home the sky is heavy and it seems ready for a rainfall.

We have attend a mass in the Cathedral the place was full that time and nowhere else to sit so we only pulled out some random stools in the corner so we can make ourselves install and focus on the mass.

Kuya J

Kuya J

To end our vacation days in Cebu it’s always a must to enjoy the precious Filipino foods in the Philippines.

Dining in Kuya J’s house with some home cook foods like;

  • pork kawali,
  • grilled bangus,
  • bulalo,
  • adobong kangkong,
  • palabok and
  • the garlic and plain rice platter of course and
  • lastly the special desert halo-halo.

On the next day

In the next morning “direction Aéroport” destination Airport for our trip going home to Zamboanga City.

Overall it was a great and fun experience. all I can recommend to those who want to do a tour in Cebu City.

Make sure that you’ll make a list of your iterinary first, then compare prices from the different tours and travels agencies especially when you are travelling with your family.

Its kinda less expensive with packages, unless you’re travelling with a partner or alone better if you’ll commute cause it will be more cheaper.

Don’t forget to contact a local friend or try to ask more about how you can reach your desired destination, at the hotel receptionist or ask at the official websites to be sure.

Important matters

For foreigners, Cebu City is an ideal to visit its a safe place but always be careful as bad people are everywhere.

My last recommendation to all travelers, do not trust easily to strangers, and refrain from sharing your personal lives, be more vigilant and cautious.

To know about detailed information on how to plan and go this tourists spots don’t hesitate to ask me or send a message. It’ll be my pleasure to help you.

My Verdict 8/10

Don’t forget to follow my next adventure in my beloved city Zamboanga.

Exploring Cebu, The Queen City of South

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45 Responses

  1. sofeebella says:

    Im glad you like my city.. I hope to see you someday here.. 😍

  2. Hope to see you too 😄

  3. Awesome blog🙌🏼 More travels!

  4. Reblogged this on Lincoln Life Blog and commented:
    A fantastic read from lexieanimetravel

  5. it looks and sounds fantastic, I really enjoyed reading thus, great photo’s too.

  6. Thank you do much 😉

  7. John says:

    Thanks for following my site!

  8. Kamila Pala says:

    Very interesting and educative post! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Bye. Kamila

  9. Thanks to you too. I’m sure you’ve been there already, I wanted to go back there again and explore the northern part. 😉 wanna come join me.

  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog, so I could discover yours and how beautiful Cebu city is. OMG, it’s amazing!

  11. thanks to you too, you should visit there one time its really worth it 🙂 🙂

  12. Sol says:

    Welcome to ph 🙂

  13. Thank you Sol 😄 its really one of the most beautiful country in the world ❤❤

    • Sol says:

      Glad you like it really, my place is just one jeepney travel away from Santo Nino, seeing it here gives me some feelings of i dont know?.. proud i guess? 🙂

      • that’s really nice, I haven’t tried to take jeepney in the city I would love though my friend and I thought of getting a jeepney going to Mabolo (hotel place) but we realize we don’t the way. but late night having a good time from Ayala we walked til hotel and it was safe 🙂 🙂

  14. Thanks for the follow 🙂

  15. What a fantastic travelogue. Your pics are terrific and I just want to go to the Philippines and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes!

  16. Thank you, photos are products from my phone only. Hopefully next time I can bring the monster one to make more high quality outcome 😄 and you should visit the Philippines despite of what international news says, people there will keep you safe and at home for sure

  17. Marya says:

    I’ve got a lot of Cebuano friends, although unfortunately I’ve never been there. Hopefully one day, and thanks to this post I just found out that this is the first point where Ferdinand Magellan arrived. Good information! 😀

    Ps. Have you heard about Jollibee now has this Strawberry fries and Strawberry tea float package? Maybe you should try it next time you’re in the Philippines! 😉

    • Alexine says:

      Hey Marya, that’s so nice to hear that you got a bunch of cebuano friends. I’ll be coming back there soon. I’ll surely try that Strawberry tea float package.

  18. Distherapy says:

    Look at those stunning falls- would love to visit!!

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