Let me take you to the Queen City of The South, Cebu City. Where foreigners set their foot first and where I will begin my journey in pursuit of my Valhalla, a place in which heroes killed in battle were believed to feast with Odin for eternity.
Day 1. City tour. Take the freedom of Hotels, just like what we did, we went first to Hilton hotel, the amazing everything pink hotel; Shangri-La Mactan, I admire their classy interior and numerous restaurants; and went last to Plantation Bay, with a very nice man made lake and themed guest room and houses, I strongly recommend this one if you have the budget to spare.
Don’t forget to visit the historical places of Cebu. Mactan shrine where the statue of Lapu Lapu and the Obelisk stands that reads “Glorias Españolas”. To Magellan’s cross, Sto. Niño Church, Taoist Temple and Mr. A (overlooking Mactan island).
“Statue of Lapu-Lapu”
Inside the shrine you’ll find numerous souvenir shops that sells cheaper items compared to the shops in the mall so I suggest to buy your “pasalubong” there.
Day 2. Road Trip. Went north of Cebu to Kagsawa Falls. Spend most of our afternoon there with our packed lunch. Rode a habal-habal and chased a bus back to cebu with habal-habal.
”View from Kagsawa Falls”
Day 3 and 4. BOHOL. Rode a ferry in Cebu pier to Tagbilaran (If you’re planning to do the same, I suggest to buy your ticket a day before to avail advance booking promo). Talk to a guy who agreed to rent his SUV for 3,000php package with lots of destination. Loboc River with very timid Tarsier, Rainy Chocolate Hills, Honey Bee Farm, Butterfly Sanctuary, Man Made Forest, Great obese Python, Blood Compact with lots of tourist, Daoist Church and free Healing Water in Plastic Bottles, Gorgeous Panglao Beach, and The very cold and exciting Hinagdanan Cave, this one I enjoyed the most. Good deal for 3 person.
Day 5 (last day). INMATES. Luck is on our side this day. That day, the Inmates will be performing their youtube famous dance routines.
PASALUBONG. Before leaving Bohol on day 4 we loaded our bags with Kalamay, heavy Kalamay (the delicacy is good but if you fear excess baggage don’t buy too much). Buy your pasalubong in the local market not in malls but be wary the smell of danngit and pusit will stick to your clothes. You can avail the dried mangoes 3 pieces for 100php. I also suggest Langgonisang Cebu for appetizing pasalubong. Lucky enough we chances on post Sto. Nino Festival, free taste of danggit, dried pusit, and fish tocino! There’s a street performance too!!
The next time you visit Cebu city don’t stay in the comfort of your Hotel! Brave the outdoors! And surely I’ll be going back there to visit the islands of Bantayan and Camotes! ‘Til our next journey, get lost and trust your instinct!