Category: Cebu (page 1 of 2)

Whale Shark’s Acquaintance

My snorkeling gear was in place and my life jacket was securely tightened before I had the go signal to jump onto the water. That very moment, I was hesitant to take that chance as I saw their dorsal fins rise from the surface. Read more →

How to Spend 12 Grueling Hours via Sea?

You hop on board, find your deck, put down your things, get some blankets, and then it has been only 15 minutes. What happens for the rest of the 11 hours and 45 minutes on a 12-hour boat ride to somewhere amazing? Iloilo to Cebu takes exactly that long to travel via sea. 😀 Read more →

Marvel Cebu’s Twin Bridges: Mandaue-Mactan

I have passed under and crossed over these magnificent bridges several times already and I could not help but notice it when I come to Cebu. They are simply majestic! These two bridges connect the islands of Cebu and Mactan. Other than being called “First” and “Second” Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, the latter is also known as the “Marcelo Fernan Bridge.” Both of these have become popular landmarks of Cebu – connecting two cities, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. Read more →

Cebu Seaport Sea Gypsies aka Badjao

Seven in the morning and the ferry was about to dock at the Cebu Seaport – I was wondering why the people were flocking on the far side of the vessel. I asked my friends from California as to why and they simply shrugged their shoulders with no clue at all. I went to check and asked what was the commotion about and one guy with a white V-neck shirt pointed his finger to the little ships below… That was the first time I laid my eyes on the “Badjaos.” Read more →

Asa man ang Larsian?

Where in the world could we find “Larsian?” It has been said that you haven’t seen and experienced the whole of Cebu if you failed to visit Larsian… Is it a beach? Is it a monument? Well, no. It is something we all think about, though. Morning, noon and night. Indeed. It’s all food! Read more →

Lapu Lapu Monument: The Mactan Shrine

Of course, when I was younger, I made fun of Lapu Lapu because his name is similar to that of a fish. But anyway, I should know better than to pay more respect to these people. Lapu-Lapu or Kali Pulako or Cali Pulaco, was the ruler of Mactan, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted the Spanish colonization. Read more →

Embracing History: A Look at Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

The Basilica de Santo Niño de Minor is a 16th Century Church in Cebu City which was the first to be built out of earth, nipa, and hard wood. Later, it was remodeled with hard stone. The church was built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus found by Spanish explorers in 1565, which was preserved in a burned wooden box that was left behind during the 1521 Magellan expedition. Read more →

Under Magellan’s Cross

March 16, 1521: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed on Cebu and on April  21, 1521, he planted the Christian Cross, now known as “Magellan’s Cross” to signify the conversion from paganism to Roman Catholic faith. It is found inside a small chapel or a “kiosk” along Magallanes Street, near the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and across the City Hall of Cebu.  However, the original cross is encased in another wooden cross to preserve it. Read more →

Getting There: Taoist Temple With my Red Shoes

I was not in Cebu City mainly to tour the place. I just got lucky that the event of Younglife ended early – consider this as a sidetrip rather than the main trip alone. So, I guess a few hours before riding a 12-hour boat to Iloilo should be maximized. Hey! An awesome walk to the Taoist Temple is… “maximizing time” haha! Read more →

A Peek at The Taoist Temple in Cebu

“Beverly Hills, Philippines” – sounds odd, right? Haha. Well, the Taoist temple, found in Lahug, Cebu, was built in 1972 along the Beverly Hills Subdivision, a wealthy residential suburb north of downtown Cebu. This temple is the center of worship for “Taoism” – a religion following the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. Read more →