I moved to my new home last June this year at kagaya ng mga bagong lipat, mejo nagaadjust pa ako sa environment ‘ko. Unang una, hindi ako marunong mag-bisaya. Ang lakas ng loob lumipat ng Visayas hindi man lang marunong magsalita ng dialect dun. Haha. Some of my friends asked me, Why Cebu? and I answered Why not?
Cebu is the first capital city of the Philippines. Colon St. na nandito ay ang pinakalumang street sa buong Pilipinas which is named after Cristobal Colon. Kung job opportunities naman, madami ‘nun para sa mga tao dito kaya dinadayo din ‘to ng mga galing sa mga kapit-bahay na provinces ng Cebu gaya ng Leyte at Bohol. Here are few things to appreciate about my so-called Manila of Visayas. (Photo in Cebu Port)
I must admit, masarap talaga ang pagkain dito sa Cebu. From their famous Lechon, sea foods, street foods at napakahaba pang listahan. They really have so much to offer when it comes to food. If you’re looking for buffet at a reasonable price, I recommend Puso Restaurant at Quest Hotel. They offer around Php800 per person which is not bad for a decent buffet. You can also try Vikings Restaurant in SM Cebu that offers Php688 (+5% service charge) per person for lunch and Php888 (+5% service charge) for dinner. If you love exotic food, Larsian is the best place for you. The last time I went here, dalawa na kami tapos nagastos namin Php300. Pasok sa budget! Restaurant with a great view of the city? You can visit Lantaw Native Restaurant in Busay. I suggest na magpareserve before pumunta dito para makakuha ka din ng magandang spot.’Nung huli akong pumunta dito, sobrang daming tao at medyo matagal naghintay to have a seat pero worth it naman sa food. Casa Verde is one of my favorite here in Cebu. Hindi sobrang mahal ng food nila at maganda din ang place. Hindi rin makokompleto ang trip mo sa Cebu kung hindi mo natikman ang babe ng lahat – Lechon. CNT Lechon and Zubuchon ang mga napuntahan ko palang na restaurants since mas paborito ko pa ‘din ang manok. Haha. Foodwise if you are here in Cebu! (Photos in CNT Lechon, Lantaw, Larsian and Casa Verde)
Botanical Garden in Baguio City? No. It’s Sirao Flower Farm in Busay, Cebu. This is a place up North which is a bit far from the craze of the city. Hindi naman sobrang laki ‘nung farm pero enough na ‘yun to be this picturesque. (Entrance Fee: Php30 per person) Pede mo narin isama sa itinerary mo ang pagpunta sa Tops Lookout and Temple of Leah.
Tops Lookout offers a panoramic view of Cebu city and the surrounding islands. At night you can get quiet cool up there, kaya magdala ng jacket. (Entrance Fee: Php100 per person)
Temple of Leah is a museum built for the love of Mr. Teodorico Adarna (father of actress Ellen Adarna) to his wife Mrs. Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. Perfect ang lugar na ‘to para sa mahilig sa magagandang architecture, a taste of Rome. (Entrance Fee: Php50 per person)(Photo in Sirao Flower Farm)
Tick off the bucketlist, here’s a chinese temple in Cebu, the Taoist Temple. It offers serene and calm environment, extremely different from the noise in the metropolis. If you’re planning to visit this place, please observe silence at all times and you are not allowed to take photographs inside the worship area. This place offers free admission as well.
Osmeña Peak is one of the overrated tourist spots in South Cebu. It is situated in Dalaguete, Southern Cebu. ‘Nung time na pumunta kami, hindi kami nagkaron ng magandang view sa taas kasi covered ng fog. Bad timing!
Anyway, the trail going to the peak is easy kaya kung hindi ka mahilig mag-hiking, no worries. Along the trail, may nakasalubong kami na local na may dalang basket. According to our guide, naghaharvest sila ng mga gulay to sell in bagsakan. Sa registration area palang merong sumalubong samin na mga bata at nag-aalok ng kanilang service para maging guide. The first thing I asked, “Marunong ka magpicture?” Haha! Nakakatuwa kasi halos lahat sila sanay na gumamit ng mga cameras dahil din siguro madalas talaga silang gawing photographers ng mga bisita. Registration fee at the tourist assistance center is Php20 per person. Walang fixed na bayad ‘yung mga guides but please give a token of appreciation to them.
The South Cebu is littered with dozens of natural spots that are just too beautiful to ignore. Chase waterfalls here and Cebu won’t fail you with its countless beauty. I haven’t explore their waterfalls yet but hopefully I’ll be able to do that in the coming months.