Every few months my wife, me and our children spend some time in a first class resort in the Philippines. The last time I was there is some time ago but I just didn’t have any time to report about it earlier. But I will do so right now: This time we were near Cebu City in the first class hotel Plantation Bay. It was a dreamlike but not really cheap hotel about 15 minutes away from the airport. Those of you who love being in a nice hotel pool will just love this place. They have a really huge pool, in fact it’s supposed to be the biggest pool in the Philippines. Around the pools and in between are really nice pool villas and beach houses that are just a few steps away from the water. The cheapest room in this great hotel costs about 150 Dollar a day but what you get for that money is really outstanding. Especially families with children will be happy there. There is a pretty big SPA section, a shooting ranch and a lot of restaurants where you get really good food and can relax.
A highlight in this hotel are the live shows that you can see every Saturday and Monday Evening. On Saturday you can see the “Sahara Night” live show at the moment, this includes a huge Arabic buffet and a belly dance show. The last time I saw the Sahara Night show I didn’t have my camera with but but I did shoot some photos at another show, the “Brazil Nights”, I want to show them to you now. I hope you like them, the camera is pretty new and I still have to get used to it.
Brazil Night – Click on the photos for a higher resolution.
The Brazil Night live show in Plantation Bay is often overbooked, so if you want to see this great show you should consider getting a reservation at least one or two days in advance. Another show that is really good is the folklore show. There you get a wide range of Brazilian food and it costs 1000 Peso for one person. In my opinion this show is just awesome! What I like most about those shows is of course the food and also the shows from the Philippians.
You can get a reservation here:
Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
Marigondon, Mactan Island
Cebu, Philippines 6015
Tel. + 63 – 32 – 505 9800
Fax + 63 – 32 – 340 5988
I love the Jeepneys; in the Philippines, although I have to admit that this is nothing for me because I have a little too much bodyweight for that. Every tourist should drive at least once with a colorful Jeepney during his vacation on the Philippines, it’s really fun!
In the last 60 years the streets of the bigger cities in the Philippines were characterized by those really nice Jeepneys, more than by any other automobile. Most of the Philippines love Jeepneys because it does not cost much do use them to get somewhere and it’s fun (my wife tells me at least once a month nice stories about her rides in Jeepneys when she was young) but some Philippine people don’t like those neat little buses because they need a lot of gas and they pollute the air in the cities. The motors of those automobiles are really old and will eventually take them off the streets. The Philippine government has strict rules concerning fumes and while you can barley make tests outside the cities they do test the air i the bigger cities.
Today they still color the Jeepney really nice and if you look closely you will notice two different kind of motives. One motive is, of course, something that has to do with religion and the other motive is often a figure or figures from Disney / Looney cartoons. But you will also see their favorite brands like Coca Cola and also commercial for bigger car companies. I think you will notice a Mercedes and Ferrari commercial on nearly every Jeepney if you look closely.
I will miss those cute little automobiles, which actually are transformed military jeeps a lot if the Philippine government takes them off the streets because they are so bad for the air and very old. It in some way belongs to the culture in the Philippines though, so I hope they somehow find a way to keep them. Almost every Philippine book that I know has a Jeepney on it’s cover. Often, after my wife and me come back from traveling in another country, my wife complains about the lacking culture in the Philippines. I say a very important component of the culture in the Philippines is currently vanishing….
If you visit the Philippines as a tourist you will notice the grinding poverty which can be seen almost everywhere. In the last couple of years I saw a lot of things like little children begging for money, poor old people that were almost blind and ask for a few pennies and childcare’s homes that were too poor to send the children to school. But everybody who visits this nice country can do something about that. Of course it is nice to have a really cheap vacation since the flight alone is really expensive but mostly because of that stinginess things got worse in the Philippines in the last few years. In almost every better hotel there are money collecting container that can be fed with a few Peso. In order to sent one child to school just 5000 peso are needed (with everything they need for school like books, writing material and school uniforms). They are already happy with a few Peso, it’s not like in Germany where they look strange at you when you just spend a few coins. They like every single benefactor.
Well, some of you guys may ask yourself what the guy writing the stuff on this Philippine Blog does about the poorness in the Philippine. I help a Orphanage with about 7000 Peso a month and I hire every beggar I see collecting food rests on the street for a job on my own farm. Like this they don’t have to sleep on the street anymore can have a meal three times a day and live a normal life again. I always have to think about my parents… How would we be doing without a perfect retirement security. I don’t really like thinking about that and would be happy if this was a matter for reflection for you.
Chocolate Hills are an unusual geological formation in Bohol. According to the latest accurate survey done there is 1, 776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season hence the name. The Chocolate Hills are a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. They are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province. The Chocolates Hills is a rolling terrain of haycock hills- mounds of general shape which are conical and almost symmetrical. During the dry season the grass covered dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of chocolate kisses. The branded confection is the inspiration behind the name Chocolate Hills.
Sleeping and Eating
Chocolate Hills Complex this is the only option if you want to sleep among the hills themselves. Unfortunately the solid concrete structure does nothing but detract from the beauty of the setting, higher priced accommodation has hot water, air-con and double beds but lacks views of the very sight that visitors have came to see. The restaurant looks like cafeteria and has uninspired standard Filipino sandwiches and dishes.
A floating restaurant blasting Frank Sinatra tunes and other oldies cruise a stretch of Loboc River north of the town of the same name.
San Pedro Church (1608) the second oldest church on Bohol. Cruises take you upriver to the Tontonan Falls and the Visayas oldest hydroelectric plant. Along the bank of the Loboc there are several souvenir shops and illegally run tarsier cages where loads of visitors queue for snapshots with the cuddly creatures.
In late May to June, Loboc hosts the Balibong Kingking Festival which honors Our of Guadalupe.
Nuts Huts is a truly unique place ensconced in the jungle on the edge of the Loboc River 3km north of Loboc town. Nuts huts are completely integrated into the environment to the point that the 16 separate cottages are difficult to spot from the river. All have balconies, sweeping views and the occasional eight legged roommate. The friendly Belgian couple who run the place offer excellent travel advice and great food lots of vegetarian and Euro-Asian delights served up in the wonderful dining room.
Loboc is about 24km from Tagbilaran.
Tarsier Visitors Center
Located beyond the attractive jungle fringed town of Corella near the village of Sikatuna. This simultaneously crazy and cuddly-looking little primate can fit in the palm of your hand. The tarsier is not only one in the world’s smallest primates and the oldest surviving member of the primate group at 45 million years young, it is also an endangered species. The visitor’s center includes information boards and audiovisual displays, a captive breeding programmed, a wildlife sanctuary and hiking trail.
Bilar and Rajah Sikatuna National Park
Bilar is popular for Logarita Spring a public swimming hole over looking rice fields. The town was about 40 kilometers of Tagbilaran, holds its annual fiesta in the middle of May.
About 500m past the Bilar town hall on the right hand side is the turn off for Logarita Spring and the poorly maintained Rajah Sikatuna National Park, an immense 9000 hectares native molave forest and grasslands, kilometers of haphazardly marked trails more than 100 caves and a dubious camping area.
Sagbayan Peak this is the place for those who like their nature with side helping of 3m-high replicas of dinosaurs and cartoon characters and loud disco music.
Antequera is about 20km from Tagbilaran. Mag-aso and Inambacan Falls the largest falls on the island as well as some of Bohol’s best caves. Cave guides can be tracked down in Antequera. The town has its annual fiesta in early October but comes alive every Sunday, when basket weavers from nearby hills bring their woven creations to market.
This small coastal town is well known for its magnificent church and belfry, built in 1886. There are also several waterfalls on the edge of the town. Fiesta time is early May.
Baclayon is about 6km from Tagbilaran. Baclayon was founded by a pair of Spanish Jesuit priest in 1595. Baclayon church the countries oldest built from the stone was built a year later. The town fiesta is in early December and boats go from here to nearby Pamilacan Island.
At Bo-oll about 3km east of tagbilaran, you’ll find a monument to a blood compact mateship ritual known as sanduguan. This is where on 16 March 1565 Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Boholano chieftain Rajah Sikatuna downed a cup of each other’s blood in one of the first symbolic gestures of Western- Eastern accord in the Philippines.
Bohol’s Coastal Road
The ramshackle fishing town of Tubigon in the middle of Bohol’s lush northwestern coast is well served by daily fast craft to and from Cebu City.
Tinagnan Beach Resort and Lodging House is set upon stilts and has a rickety bamboo floor. It’s among the intertidal mangroves, a five minute tricycle north from the central bus and market area.
Buenavista has a friendly and picturesque market on a mangrove inlet. From here or at the river crossing 3km south on the main road you can buy the local delicacy-urchin gonads.
For something more special you can go on a Cambuhat Village Ecotour a cruise up the mangrove lined Daet River from Buenavista to the village of Cambuhat where you’ll see an oyster farm and raffia weaving.
Talibon on the north coast is one of Bohol’s busiest centers.
Sea view Lodge on the main street is probably the best accommodation in town. It’s not well signposted- the entrance is to the right of behind Chelsea’s bakery.
Petong’s Place a couple of doors up from Sea View Lodge, has a cheap and decent seafood meals.
At the opposite end of Bohol to Tagbilaran remote overgrown Ubay is the island’s largest metropolis after the capital. It has a lively market on the sea, just near the wharf, selling everything from woven goods to ice cream. There are plenty of cheap Filipino eateries on the water’s edge. Ubay offers uncharted tourism territory around nearby Lapinig Island.
Guindalman, Anda, Candijay and Jagna
Through the coastal road from Guindalman to Candijay is almost completely sealed, it’s still in bad shape making this remote mountainous headland out of the way for most tourist. At Guindalman there are healthy coral reefs good for snorkeling or diving.
Anda is a blink and you’ll miss it town situated on a stretch of sandy beach. As surrounding hilly land is suitable for rice, corn is the staple food amd you’ll see copious quantities growing and drying on the roadside.
On the top of the headland at Candijay there are 32 species of mangrove here and a thriving ecosystem full of mud crabs, oysters and birds.
Jagna is a largish fishing village on Bohol southern coast about 63km east of Tagbilaran. It has vaguely sandy beaches and a colorful flower filled Market. Jagna’s fiesta kick’s off on 29 of September.
Coco White Beach Resort landscaped complex has nipa hut and larger brick and thatched bamboo cottages, suitable for families or group, with large bamboo bed and modern bathrooms. A bar and restaurant set on a cliff overlook a narrow beach. There’s a diving facility on the ground.
Flower Beach Resort set on a beautiful white sandy beach good for snorkeling. The concrete and thatched bamboo rooms have clean tiled floors and wooden furniture. There’s a full service dive center which takes advantage of the 14 km offshore reef.
Like Balicasag and Pamilacan Islands to the south, the island of Cabilao in the waters off loon, (low-on) is an impressive dive site.
Cabilao’s water are home to seven species of shark and are full of micro-life including the high profile pygmy sea horse (hippocampus bargibanti) which at only 8mm long may be easier to spot in a diving magazine than in the wild, where it’s camouflaged among the surrounding red coral. The celebrity sea horse is found on the house reef but there is diving, the island‘s top reef is off the northwestern point, near the lighthouse
Cabilao Beach Club the German and Swiss managed Cabilao Beach Club on the north eastern tip of the island has simple and clean concrete and thatched cottages with tiled modern bathrooms. The restaurant has therapeutic sea views.
Polaris Resort the accommodation at the Polaris ranges from simple tree house to more modern concrete cottages though all are sparsely furnished. Most expensive rooms have hot water.
La Estrella several basic bungalows some A-frame with cold water bathrooms and electricity from 6pm to midnight.
Loon is 27 kilometers from Tagbilaran. To get Cabilao Island you must head several kilometers north from Loon to Macpoc.
Pamilacan Island is a small island which is part of the municipality of Baclayon. It is between the deep sea of Bohol and Mindanao. It is only a 1 hour pump or outrigger boat ride from the town of Baclayon. The tiny island of Pamilacan is about 23 km east of Balicasag is cetacean central; home to whales and dolphins. Since the 1992 ban on capturing these creatures, Pamilacan’s descendants of three generations of whalers, have had to find other ways to earn a living. Many locals are willing to take you to see them there are 12 species known to visits this water.
Pamilacan Island Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours which uses old converted whaling boats and local crews. The best time for spotting whales is from February to July.
There are several sets of nipa huts offered on Pamilacan, all providing basic meals.
Nita’s Nipa Huts the cheapest and most well establish. Huts range from double to family sized- the double with views on the water’s edge is the best positioned. All have fan and shared bathroom.
Their livelihood is fishing and in the past has gone after whale’s manta rays and dolphins. Their houses are often decorated with large whale jaws and bones and these relics add to the interesting facet of the island. In the local dialect Pamilacan means resting place of the mantas though some local folks say that the name of the island was derived from the word pamilac or harpoon a common fishing implement used to capture the whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins.
Balicasag Island Balicasag Island is a 1.5 acre island that is famous as a marine sanctuary and place for snorkeling and diving. Balicasag Island is a bout 30 to 45 minute boat trips from Alona beach.
One perimeter diving spots in the Philippines, Balicasag is a bout 6km southwest of Panglao, is ringed by a pristine reef that has been declared a marine sanctuary. It drops away to impressive submarine cliffs as deep as 50m. Soft and hard corals can be found around the cliffs as can travelly, barracuda, wrasse, and the occasional white-tip shark.
Balicasag Island Dive Resort has large cottages with a fan, bathroom and veranda in duplex nipas. It has a friendly staff, a good restaurant and a coral sand island all to itself.
Panglao Island is an island in the Philippines that located in the Central Visayas. It is divided into two municipalities: Dauis and Panglao, part of the Bohol province. Panglao is located in southwest of the island of Bohol and east of Cebu. Panglao is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, famous for its beautiful dive spots and its coral reef as well as many several islet ideal for beach bathing like the islets of Gak-ang and Pontod. Panglao was known to Chinese, Malay, Siamese and Indonesian traders.
Panglao Island is generally associated with Alona Beach, a congested strip of resorts and dive centers on the far west side. There are several other pricey resorts scattered along the coastal strip surrounding this mostly flat island which is separated from Bohol by a narrow channel.
Diving is what draws the tourist to Panglao. Snorkelers can experience the refreshingly cold waters of Hinagdanan Cave at Bingag on the islands northern coast.
Alona Beach is just about all the beachside resorts either has dive centers or is closely affiliated with one and most have restaurant and bars. The resorts are so closely packed together that shopping around for food or diving deals is no problem. Most resorts have cold water bathrooms.
Peter’s House a nipa hut complex with a friendly and laid back communal vibe. A few rooms especially the top floor attic are airy and have a nice view, all rooms share a well kept cold water bathrooms.
Alonaville Beach Resort a good budget deal. Rooms are small and rundown and noise form the restaurant and bar scene might keep you awake but you won’t find a place much cheaper to the action.
Alona Pyramid has two storey huts with two double beds.
Alonaland is a better budget option for those who cope with a 50 m walk into the beach. Alona Tropical at the quieter eastern end of the beach, this is a good choice if you want something a cut above budget accommodations. It also has a popular restaurant with lunch and dinner buffets.
Alona Kew White Beach a prominent hotel, the first one you approach from the access road. Alona Kew has a range of accommodation from small, basic rooms in a thatched bamboo and concrete building to larger stand alone cottages to beachfront rooms with balconies.
Bohol Divers Resort this is popular resort is set just off the beach around a nice freshwater swimming pool. There’s a wide range of accommodation from inexpensive nipa huts to pricier concrete villas. There’s a pleasant open air restaurant and tennis court.
Charlotte Dive Resort anchoring the northern end of the beach is this white two storey building with several cavernous, airy rooms with balconies and large tiled bathrooms.
Tierra Azul has a large clean midrange rooms on the western end of the beach away from the scene bar. The restaurant doesn’t serve evening meals but has a lovely view and the home style management is very friendly.
Mondsee Land Resort a pleasant peace and quite. Has a pleasant swimming pool with coffee and drinks bar and large rooms with private bathrooms.
Eating and Drinking
Most of the resorts and hotels have restaurant and bars along the beach.
Trudi’s Place a lovely open bar restaurant where you can dine on the beach and enjoy cheap food.
Kamalig on the road that runs up between Alona Kew and Sunshine Travel.
Flying Fish Bar, Safety Stop bar and Oops Bar have live music and drinking.
Around the island
Anna Yana a remote Duljo Beach, has a stylish Filipino rooms on 3km of white sandy beach. It has swimming pool diving and good Italian influenced restaurant add to the luxury.
Panglao Island Nature Resort one of the more beautifully integrated resorts on the island. All have wooden floors bamboo furniture and private verandas. A pool and Jacuzzi front the beach and there’s an open pavilion restaurant serving European and Filipino dishes, Wi-Fi is available.
Dumaluan Beach Resort has a large range of accommodation meets the needs of most visitors and swimming pool, spa, diving and good restaurant are available to all.
Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. It is consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation is the most popular attraction.
Bohol is derived fro the word Bo-ho or Bo-ol. The island was seat of the first international treaty of peace and unity between the native king Sikatuna and Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi on March 16, 1565 through a blood compact alliance known today by many Filipinos as the Sandugo.
Crossing the street in the port of Tagbilaran, the name is derived from two words meaning to hide from the Moros is like playing a real life vision of the video arcade game Frogger. In the heart of town have a look at huge St., Joseph the Worker Cathedral that is also known more simply as Tagbilaran Cathedral. It was built in 1767, burnt to the ground in 1798 and rebuilt and enlarged in 1855.
Festivals and Events
Bohol Fiesta, Tagbilaran is the headquarters of this giant festival celebrating St, Joseph. The town’s own fiesta kicks off proceeding on May 1 with led-ups from April 22.
Sandugo Festival this festival held in the first week of July celebrates the March 1565 blood compact. It is followed by a string of other festival that turned the whole of July into party month.
Everglory Lodge and Restaurant is a short walk from the wharf. The rooms are clean but the furniture is old, while all have bathrooms, the toilets are seat free and street noise can be an issue. The wharf facing rooms and the 4th floor restaurant have a good view.
Nisa Travellers Inn is popular because of its central location and cheap rates however the fan rooms are nothing are only bare cells and their air-con rooms are slightly more appealing. The vibe is friendly and familiar and there’s a spacious and clean balcony area and restaurant.
Via Bohol Tourist Inn a modern hotel close to the ferry terminal with spick and span tiled rooms and bathrooms that are especially nice. Fancy TV’s are in each room some with videoke.
Villa Alzhun Tourist Inn and Restaurant an old style villa 2km south of the town overlooking the Tagbilaran Strait. Wood floored rooms are heavy on the chintz but are well kept and have nice sunset views.
Hotel La Roca the longstanding La Roca at the quite northern end of the town that has large and light rooms with big windows and a mix of wicker and wood furniture. The restaurant and pool area out back are especially nice when lit up at night.
Taver’s Pension House this pension house is business like and professional, rooms resemble the cabins. Each room has a bathroom with hot water and cable TV.
Chriscent Ville Pension House located in the heart of the city, it has tiled rooms that are generally clean and tear. All have hot water bathrooms and cable TV and staff will assist with ticketing tours and transfers. There is a restaurant and bar on the 4th floor.
Bohol Tropics Resort it is the closet seaside resort to the city. There’s no beachfront and standard rooms are surprisingly basic and ill kempt for a resort with luxurious pretensions. The newer rooms are much nicer and more expensive, with modern amenities and sea view balconies and sea pools, three restaurants and dive facilities.
Metro Center Hotel the tasteful at this ritzy eight storey hotel are more luxurious and the service more attentive than at Bohol Tropics.
Garden Café this place with a country and western theme and it serve up juicy steaks from Australia and New Zealand. Chili, pizza and other American meals can be dialed into the kitchen from the tableside phone.
Odysseus Steak Haus and Restaurant a small family run restaurant, is good choice it while away for a ferry. Alternatively try a full course meal of Filipino or European food.
Asiatika with its white tables and uniform waiters, this restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Metro Center Hotel qualifies as fancy in Tagbilaran. It has a large menu of Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes.
The Camotes Island is a group of island that forms part of the province of Cebu in the Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island and north of Bohol Island. The Camotes is composed of the following four islands and their municipalities:
Poro; the municipalities of Poro and Tudela.
Pacijan; the sole municipality is San Francisco.
Ponson; the sole municipality is Pilar.
Tulang; is part of the barangay Esperanza, which is part of San Francisco.
The island of Pacijan and Poro are connected by a paved road called a causeway. Ponson is separated by the Camotes Sea lying about four kilometers northeast of Poro. Tulang is located of the northern tip of Pacijan.
Pacijan has the only white sand beaches on the Camotes and is where most of the places to stay are located.
San Francisco the main town on Pacijan Island stands at one end of the long land bridge and mangrove forest that runs all way across to Poro Island. San Fran has a lively market, a church, a giant basketball complex, a pretty little town square and plenty of colorful murals.
Lake Danao and Danao Fisheries
The Carmen Lake Danao Fisheries Complex is on the southern bank of Lake Danao behind the town of Union (oon-yon). The fishery performs research different water fish. The fish are farmed in floating pens by the lake’s edge, where there are nice views to be had.
Esperanza is Pacijan second largest town and has a main street lined with yellow painted pot plants. The town runs along a white sand beach strewn with fishing boats. Esperanza has a school, a church, shops and a basketball court.
Sleeping and Eating
Santiago Bay Garden and Resort has a cheerful family atmosphere with lots of locals and music. Basic rooms are on the hillside overlooking a vast, crescent shaped bay with a white beach. The water in the bay is very shallow and tides are consequently massive. The resort is fronted by a terraced restaurant with wonderful views.
Mangodlong Rock Resort it occupies a postcard perfect, private cove with a small beach and good snorkeling. it is also comprises deluxe, native style rooms, a thatched-roof bar and restaurant and cute mushroom cottages that have been built on the rocky outcrops at the water edge.
Green Lake Park and Restaurant is a friendly place with nice views of the lake and has a good Filipino food.
Poro is the best lesser of the two main island. It lacks the beaches of Pacijan and there’s nowhere really to stay or eat, though if you have an off road bike its forested hills have better touring.
AltaVista and Mount Three Peaks
Is the serene plateau that has a comfort room, a small treehouse and three other open cottages, that make up the Camotes highest region are Elijan, Kaban-kaban and Kantomaro.
There are two towns in Ponson; Pilar and Kawit. Kawit is the more picturesque of the two, lovely long, white sand beach.
The predominant industries on the Camotes Island are farming fishing and tourism. The word camotes is Mexican for sweet potatoes. Porohanon or Camotes Visayan is spoken in the town of Poro only. The dialect is very similar to the dialect of Cebuano which is spoken in the rest of Camotes islands and throughout the province of Cebu.
Moalboal is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Cebu. Moalboal is located 89 kilometers from Cebu City. Moalboal is nestled between the towns of Alcantara and Badian. The dominant language of the town is Cebuano. Moalboal is a peninsula and such as it is a town almost entirely surrounded by water. Majority of the people who live in the flat lands engage in fishing as their main mode of livelihood.
Moalboal has a spring where many of the locals get their water. Moalboal is administratively subdivided into 15 barangays; Agbalanga, Bala, Balabagon, Basdiot, Batadbatad, Bugho, Buguil, Busay, Lanao, Poblacion East, Poblacion West, Saavedra, Tomonoy, Tuble, Tunga.
The 20m high Kawasan Falls lies about 20km south of Moalboal, inland from Badian.
Most of the dive centers on Moalboal are affiliated with resorts. Like the following dive canters Savedra Dive Center, Sea Explorers, and Visaya Divers. A couple of dive centers that are unaffiliated are Blue Abyss Dive Shop and Neptune Diving.
Sleeping in Moalboal
The accommodation on Panagsama beach ranges from budget to midrange. The bigger resorts all have dive centers on site that may be contracted through the resort.
Quo Vadis Beach Resort is situated on a large lot with great beach access. Spacious and well appointed twin rooms and cottages have queen-sized beds and rattan furnishings. Top-of the range rooms have Arista Restaurant and dive center Visaya Divers.
Love’s Lodge is excellent positioning on the quite southern end of the beach. it is motel style standard rooms have hot-water bathroom and windows larger deluxe rooms have air-con. This place is affiliated with Sea Explores dive center.
Savedra Beach Resort it is bright and cherry, Spanish mansion style rooms all have starched, linen. Fridge, coffee facilities, hot water bathrooms and private balconies over the water. It’s affiliated with Savedra Dive Center.
Coral’s Palm Court it has plain, white rooms that are bit rough the edges but there’s no going past the lovely beachfront balcony with its prime views.
Sunshine Pension House is a big resort style place with large excellent value rooms and cottages.
Mollie’s Place is fronted by a relaxed little bar. It is cheap, liveable fan rooms and slightly better air-con rooms in run down concrete complex.
Pacita’s Resort is occupying a huge beachfront lot in the middle of Panagsama Beach. Pacita’s is a sprawling concrete eyesore though which you must pass to get to southern end of the beach.
Marina Beach Club Resort has cheap huts with fan and cold water bathroom and pricier ones with air-con. Big, plain, tiled rooms with hot water, fridge and coffee facilities.
Sumisid Lodge is a cozy, homely place with native-style rooms and all have views. Air-con rooms front the lobby.
Eve’s Kiosk is away from the beach. The rooms are small and plain and token pool is very small.
Asian Belgian Resort and Dive Center this is a quite, family run that has a great view, the native rooms have cold water bathrooms. The dive center has very good value open water diving course and with have an experienced instructor.
Most place to stay have restaurant, and most are open for all meals at the Panagsama beach, Hannah’s Place has the finest seaside terrace in Moalboal and easily the best seafood.
Filling Station is famous for its breakfast, the muesli with fruit and creamy natural yogurt is perfect balance restorer after a lechon overdose.
Italian Corner has good, traditional Italian pizzas.
Bantayan Island is an island in the Philippines located at the western portion of the northern tip of Cebu. It is politically a part of the province of Cebu. The Bantayan Island busy administrative center was the bantayan town. The town centers on the large plaza, close which is the market, a pier and the care-worn, coral stone Peter and Paul Church which is every Easter is the focus religious processions that attracts the faithful from all over the Philippines.
This island is composed of three municipalities: Bantayan, Madridejos and Santa Fe.
Bantayan is a 2nd class municipality on Bantayan Island in the province of Cebu. It is the island’s most populous town. It is bordered to the north by Madridejos and to the southeast by the Santa Fe. Bantayan Island is geographically in the center of the Philippines. It is located at the northwestern side of Cebu and northeastern of Negros Oriental. It is a town of Cebu and is about 80 miles from Cebu City. The Bantayan dialect is a mixture of native Cebuano, Ilonggo, Waray, Masbateño and Boholano, but it has words it can call its own such as “kakyop, sara, kag buwas” means yesterday, today and tomorrow. Bantayan Island is considered as Cebu’s fishing ground where shiploads and boatloads of the fish are transported daily to Cebu City and Negros. Bantayan is administratively subdivided into 25 barangays; atop-atop, Baigad, Baod, Binaobao, Balidbid, Kabac, Doong, Hilotongan, Guiwanon, Kabangbang, Kampingganon, Kangkaibe, Lipayran, Luyongbaybay, Mojon, Obo-ob, Patao, Putian, Sillon, Sungko, Suba, Sulangan, Tamiao, Bantigue, and Ticad.
Madridejos is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu. It is one of the three municipalities that make up the island of bantayan located on the western [portion of the northern tip of mainland Cebu. It is bounded on the south by the municipality of Bantayan and on all other side by the Visayan Sea. Lawis was the old name of Madridejos. The town feast day is celebrated annually on December 8. The main industries of madridejos are fishing, poultry and tourism. Madridejos earned the name of Little Alaska of the Philippines and as the matter of fact the first canning factory in the country was established in Madridejos. Madridejos is associated with the name Bantayan being a part of Bantayan Island as it shares only more eight square miles of the total land area of Bantayan Island. Madridejos is administratively subdivided into 14 barangays; Bunakan, Kangyawan, Kaongkod, Kodia, Maalat, Malbago, Mancilang, Pili, Poblacion, San Agustin, Tabagak, Talangnan, Tarong, Tugas.
Santa Fe is a 5th class municipality on Bantayan Island province of Cebu. The town can be reached by ferry from Hagnaya Wharf in San Remegio Cebu. Santa Fe is one of the most crowded municipalities during Holy Week; it caters to a number of tourist and locals that spends their holiday in the island of bantayan. Santa Fe is administratively subdivided into 10 barangays; Hagdan, Hilantagaan, Kinatarkan, Langub, Maricaban, Okoy, Poblacion, Balidbid, Pooc, Talisay. People will come to relaxed, bucolic little town of Santa Fe on the southern coast of Bantayan Island, for its exquisite white sand beaches and low key resorts.
There is no decent snorkeling around Bantayan Island although you will go to the Virgin Island.
Places of sleeping and eating in Santa Fe
St. Bernard Beach Resort on a narrow lot in the middle of Ocoy village. This resort has wonderfully eccentric, circular thatched-roofed cottages with polished wood, throw rugs and lace curtains. The view across to Hilantagaan is superb.
Joy Beach Resort a little out of town this is the Robinson Crusoe option it has four very simple and rudimentary cottages and a rickety tree house are right smack on a lovely stretch of beach.
Hoyohoy Villas it is six rice granary inspired stilt houses combine traditional design principals, a Japanese aesthetic, antique, furnishing and modern comforts.
Marlin Beach Resort has a terrific location, a great stretch of sand and luxe rooms but lack real character. Air-con rooms have cable TV and sea view balcony.
Kota Beach this is mixed bag. Rooms as opposed to cottages are in a drab. The cottages are plain but well kept, the front row have air-con and beach views while the back row are set in a lush, green garden. The restaurant serves reasonable Filipino dishes.
Budyong Beach Resort has a pleasant nipa huts under the palm trees on the sand, with balconies facing the water. It is very popular with local tourist and groups.
Yooneek Beach Resort it is next to Budyong this is a flash newcomer has two blocks of motel like rooms with cold water bathrooms and balconies that face the opposite block rather than the beach.
Sugar Beach Resort it has basic beach shacks in the shade, set back from the beach on a vast allotment. There is no restaurant.
Ogtong Cave Resort is a semi-exclusive resort with guard on the gate and a high perimeter fence. The crowd puller here is the Ogtong cave a small subterranean cave with fresh water bathing has standard cottages vary in size, but all are well appointed and have a hot water bathroom. The air-con rooms have sea view. The ambience is slightly diminished by a rubbish heap in clear view restaurant.
Fairview Resort known by locals as Far view because it sits inland on a hill in the southern fringes of the town, this is not a place for beach lovers or the gregarious the value proposition here is great views, cheap, super-sized rooms and free use of a motorbike.
Bantayan Cottages is a newly established cottage. It has five cottages, four cottages that good for two and one cottage for good in family and group. It is surrounded by the tropical plants and different kind of plants and orchids. It is 1 minute walking into the beach and 5 minutes walking into the market. The rooms are well maintain clean and has air con and has ordinary water in each bathroom. It good for relaxing due to the quite ambience and wonderful surroundings. You can also bring food and can cook in the main building for free.
Balikbayan Restaurant probably the best food in the town center at the best prices, balikbayan has a good range of salads, pastas and pizza and cozy booths for dining.
Marisquera O’ Portuguese Bar and Restaurant on the main street opposite in the Blue Ice, this is a cheery restobar decked out with Christmas lights and flags.
Blue Ice is in the main street, it is a Scandinavian owned. This restaurant has a decent seafood and a pleasant shaded courtyard for drinking.
Malapascua Island is situated in the Visayan Sea located across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island. The island was first known for its wide sand beach.
This little island off Cebu’s northern tip has been growing steadily more famous over the years for its long white beaches, has great food and low key approach to tourism. Divers are spoilt with three wreck dives, the marine sanctuary of Gato Island a famous sea snake breeding ground and almost daily appearances of the otherwise rarely sighted thresher’s shark off Monad Shoal. The simple villages of malapascua blend seamlessly with resort and are big factor in the island charm. The people of the town are almost invariably friendly and welcoming.
There are two main beaches on Malapascua both are located at the southern end of the island on the southern and western flanks of the main town of Logon and both have beautiful, long stretches of white sand.
Bounty beach is where the majority of resorts and dive centers are located.
Poblacion beach has only one resort and a couple of restobars. A couple of resorts occupy the rock coves between the two beaches.
The most popular dive off in Malapascua is Monad Shoal here you can see the thresher sharks. The plateau where the sharks congregate is at 25m depth, 15 minutes by pump boat from Bounty Beach and the best time for sightings is early in the morning.
Sleeping in Malapascua and Beach Resorts
Logon Beach Resort it is located on a high rocky point overlooking a private cove. This is an ideal honeymooners resort. Balconied huts face the sunset and have a wonderful view.
Blue Corals Resort it is tiled monster with bright flashing lights that is completely out of sympathy with its surroundings but it views over the water. It could be a foretaste of things to come.
Malapascua Blue water Resort situated in a large lot stretching a long way back, Blue water Resort has stale-smelling cottages on the beach and generator infused cheaper rooms out the back. It has 24 hour electricity.
Cocobana Beach Resort is in the middle of Bounty Beach it has comfy cottages, 24 hour electricity, a bar and a decent restaurant.
Hippocampus Beach Resort has a rather crowded conglomeration of cottages just off the beach as well as 2nd storey rooms out of the front is a little bar with a lovely pergola that’s a perfect place for watching the boats come in.
Malapascua Exotic Dive and Beach Resort it is located in the quite easterly beach, exotic is very much a self contained resort and as luxurious as it gets on Malapascua.
It houses is the oldest and probably the dive centers on the island. A beach front is a restobar and a 24 hour generator.
Mangrove Oriental is a handful luxurious Mediterranean style cottages spaced out on a lovely terraced hillside. The hillside is planted with lush, tropical garden and affords a good view over the water. On one side of the property is a modest beach; on the other is a tiny lagoon of mangrove trees.
Los Bamboos this is a simple place, cheerful, largely bamboo resort is on promontory on the northern tip of the island.
Sunsplash Resort is also into the hotel business, it is comfy, Spanish mission style rooms are back from the beach and are a bit pricey as such but are not a bad option if you like your comforts. Rooms have TV and hot water.
Eating and Drinking in Malapascua
La Isla Bonita the food here are rated the best on the island. It serves up a range of fresh, quality ingredients cooked in a variety of styles but always in care.
Ging-ging’s Garden Restaurant set in the pretty garden in Logon village. It is offers the very best economy dining in the island.
Coco Maldito it is a loungy, tropical style restobar the size of z barn that sticks to the tried-and true formula of pizza, beer and shooters, loud music, sports telecast, pool tables and skimpily dressed bar staff.
The story of Olango Island is a familiar one in the Philippines: a fragile and diverse ecosystem under very enormous pressure from human predation. Much of the reef on the western side of Olango was buried by a typhoon in 1993. Dynamite and cyanide fishing is never gave it a chance to regenerate. The Province of Olango Island is the marine sanctuary off neighboring Hilotongan Island. South of the Hilotongan Island is the private resort island of Nalusuan has the best preserved coral in the Olango Reef.
The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary has the Chinese egret Egrette eulophotes and Asiatic dowitcher Limmodromus semipalmatus.
Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary a tiny island in the southern reaches of the Olango Reef, a private marine sanctuary has achieved the miraculous and preserved a stunning coral outcrop. This wonderfully relaxed island resort has seven native style cottages on stilts, each furnished with fan, bathtub and freshwater shower. There is also an open air restaurant specializing in freshly caught fish, and activities include island hopping, diving and kayaking.
Mactan Island is connecting to Cebu City by the Mandaue- Mactan Bridge the old bridge and the Marcelo B Fernan the new bridge. This island is one of the improbable sites of the defining moments in the Philippines. There is you can see the Mactan Shrine that the symbol of the fight between Magellan and Lapu-lapu. You can see also the Lapu-lapu statue the chief rajah of Mactan that defend the island into Magellan.
Mactan is famous for its handmade guitars and for its diving. There are many dive sites that you can contact. There are two districts in Mactan’s accommodation the east and the west that nothing in between. Abundo is the guitar town in the center of Mactan.
The West Coast
The west coast is where you can find the Mactan Cebu International Airport and the Mactan’s main metropolis of Lapu-lapu. There are also many hotels that can offer you a good accommodation.
Hotel Cesario offers budget rooms with a great peak, there is sauna and pool that is free for use.
Bellavista Hotel is the next door to Hotel Cesario it is a rooftop bar, restaurant and health club. They served also Filipino and international meals in their restaurant.
Days Hotel the rooms are large and there is also spa, a continental breakfast and a daily newspaper is also included.
Majestic is favorite with locals for the seafood’s and Chinese cuisine, featuring also the salad that is having a great value.
Gaisano Mactan Mall it is the town center.
The East Coast
Club Kon Tiki it is owned and operated by the 7 seas Aquanauts, it is the best budget option on Mactan and has a great dive facilities. They have Spartan rooms with fibro walls and a nice bar with sea views and the house beach that for snorkeling.
Bahia Resort Hotel it is offers fusty motel style rooms and there are also a private three pools and lagoon.
Plantation Bay Resort and Spa this is spectacular designed private paradise that is sited on a 3.5 hectare artificial saltwater lagoon, big enough to house living coral ponds, waterfalls, beaches and a floating restaurant.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort is a best camp for the honeymooners, conferences, a package tourist and the super rich and most of all it is the most luxury resort living. These resorts are a 350m private beach cove, six holes golf course, multilevel swimming pool, shopping arcade and the famous grande buffet.
Sutukil this place is offers the freshest sea food on the island.
Argao is 1st class municipality in the province of Cebu. The municipality of Argao is located at the southeastern portion of the province of Cebu. Argao is exactly between Cebu City and the southern tip of the island. Argao is administratively subdivided into 45 barangays; Alambijud, Anajao, Apo, Bala-as, Balisong, Binlod, Bogo, Butong, Bug-ot, Bulasa, Calagasan, Canbantug, Canbanua, Cansuje, Capio-an, Casay, Catang, Colawin, Conalum, Guiwanon, Gutlang, Jampang, Jomgao, Lamacan, Langtad, Langub, Lapay, Lengigon, Linut-od, Mabasa, Mandilikit, Mompeller, Panadtaran, Poblacion, Sua, Sumaguan, Tbayag, Talaga, Talaytay, Talo-ot, Tiguib, Tulang, Tulic, Ubaub, Usmad.
The incongruous attractions as Spanish colonial-era building and the endangered wrinkle lipped bat that make Argao a little special.
Bamboo Paradise Beach Resort this is a friendly place. Inside is a pleasant courtyard with garden furniture, potted plants, throw rugs and sea views. Homely rooms have private bathroom.
Alex Café is 100 south of the church in the town center, specializing in torte and tsokolate (hot chocolate) it has a quaint, bohemian ambience. The torte is cooked in a brick oven its chief ingredients are sugar, pork lard and egg yolks.
The waters around the tiny desert island of Sumilon are slowly recuperating from years of dynamite fishing.
The Sumilon Blue Water Island Resort features two white sand beaches. One big, one small a lagoon and a house reef. It has 12 rooms have Japanese touches such as sliding doors, combined with tasteful tropical detailing and five star comforts.
The Sumilon Blue Water Resort is 3km north of Mainit.
Bato is notable only for having the main port in southern Cebu. Fast crafts sail between Bato and Tampi on Negros.
Samboan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Cebu. Samboan is an abbreviation of the word sinamboang, the origin of the name of the town. Sinamboang is means of ritual dance commonly used by the people of the village. Samboan’s also came about from language barrier between the European and natives.
Samboan is a small town on a hill. Samboan is subdivided into 15 barangays; Basak, Bonbon, Bulangsuran, Calatagan, Cambigong, Camburoy, Canorong, Colase, Dalahikan, Jumangpas, Monteverde, Poblacion, San Sebastian, Suba and Tangbo.
Fantasy Beach Resort is a well run Spanish mission style resort set high on a hill overlooking the sea. It has landscaped grounds with steps that lead down to a small private beach. the rooms are larger and cheerful.
Cebu’s northeast has the most heavily developed coastline on the island. The biggest metropolises are Danao, one of Cebu’s bigger cities and Bogo, the main market town in the northern Cebu.
Danao City is a 3rd class city in the province of Cebu. It is well known as for its gun industry.
Its centerpiece, directly opposite the pier and visible far out to sea, is one of the finest church building in Cebu. The gracious, coral stone St. Tomas de Villanueva Church was built in 1755 and restored from near ruin in 1981.The austerely beautiful marble interior with its high, white, vaulted ceiling is worth a look. The backs onto a scenic mountain range which includes the Danasan Plateau, one of the few place on the island from where you can view both sides of the channel.
Information in Sleeping and Eating in the place of Danao
Elsalvador Beach Resort this resort was in the main road at the southern end of the town.
This is the best place to stay. Motel style rooms are comfy enough but the main attraction is the large grounds with two pools big and little and a fake white sand beach.
Intosan Resort is a short tricycle ride from the town. Basic rooms are good value, with double bed, cable TV, hot water and a small balcony.
Bread and supplies can be brought at all old market on Rizal Street, two blocks up from and parallel to the highway.
Sogod is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu. Sogod is politically subdivided into 18 barangay which are; Ampongol, Bagakay, Bagatayam, Bawo, Cabalawan, Cabangahan, Calumboyan, Dakti, Damolog, Ibabao, Liki, Lubo, Mohon, Nahus-an, Poblacion, Tabunok, Takay, Pansoy. The gently curving coastline of Sogod is about 70 km north of Cebu City. It is a quite town with attractive beaches where outskirts of town you’ll find the Vima Beach Resort which rents a picnic shelter along a pleasant palm-shaded stretch of white sand.
About 5km north of Sogod is the 5-star Alegre Beach Resort the place that put Sogod on the international tourist map. This resort is high-end and high security. The leafy grounds include a huge swimming pool, a dive center, a library, a putting green and a tennis court. The resort fronts a spectacular, private beach cove with a house reef.
Bogo is a municipality in the northern part of the province of Cebu.
Bogo is politically subdivided into 29 barangays; Cogon, Anonang Norte, Anonang Sur, Banban, Binabag, Bungtod, Carbon, Cayang, Dakit, Don Pedro Rodriguez, Gairan, Guadalupe, La Paz, La Purisima Concepcion, Libertad, Sentral Mindanoa, Malingin, Marangong, Nailon, Odlot, Pandan, Polambato, Sambag, San Vicente, Santo Niño, Santo Rosario, Siocon, Taytayan, Sudlon. The plebiscite for the city hood of Bogo was held on June 16 2007.
Bogo Pension House is on a residential street a five minute trip from the bus terminal, this is quite and unassuming business hotel has cheerful rooms, and swimming pool and spa, bar and restaurant.
Nailon Beach Resort is just to the east of Bogo proper, this a friendly native style place sits at the end of a prominent point and has a comfy rooms with balcony, cable TV and hot water bathroom.
Daan Bantayan is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cebu. Every year Daan Bantayan celebrates the Kandaya Festival which is honor of Datu Daya, the legendary founder of the town. The name Daanbantayan was derived from two words: the word Daan which means old in the Cebuano and the word Bantayan which refers to a place that served as a look out station for Moro raiders before the Spaniards obtained control. In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces occupied in the town of Daan Bantayan, Cebu. In 1945, the Philippine Commonwealth Army troops of the 81st, 82nd and 83rd Infantry Division entered the town of Daan Bantayan, supported by the Cebuano guerrillas and were attacked by the Japanese forces in the Battle of Daan Bantayan during the World War II. Daan Bantayan is administrative subdivided into 20 barangays; Agujo, Bagay, Bakhawan, Bateria, Bitoon, Calape, Carnaza, Dalingding, Lanao, Logon, Malbago, Malingin, Maya, Pajo, Paypay, Poblacion, Talisay, Tapilon, Tinubdan, Tominjao.
Cebu is the mostly densely populated island in the Philippines and is it
second only to Luzon in its strategic and economic importance to the country.
The language here is Cebuano that is widely spoken and also the part of Luzon.
Cebu City is the capital of the visayas. It is a magnet for migrants from all over the region.
Cebu has a most population to the coastal fringe. It has mining, logging forest, exploring the mountains and the caves and also waterfalls.
The beaches also are have the whitest sand and have the most spectacular diving spot.
Cebu City has the nation’s busiest port and it’s the second busiest airport and it is also the gateway to Visayas. Cebu City is the largest city and economic hub of the province.
This island has the most domestic air and shipping and cargo vessels in the Philippines.
The island has a major industrial, commercial, trade and education system. Cebu is an excellent industrial record and now the fastest growing economy in the Philippines.
Cebu is the home to some national international corporations like AAA Commercial Broker and Consultancy Inc, Ayala Corporation, JobsDB.com, Gaisano Group Companies, Aboitiz Group of Companies, WG and A, Norkis Group of Companies, Bigfoot International, Affiliated Computer Services, Lexmark Philippines Inc, Lhuillier Jewelers and among others. Cebu is also full of bakeshops, offering a reliable source of fresh bread rolls, cakes and buns.
Between the 13th and 16th century Cebu is known as Zubu or Sugbo was an island inhabited by the Hindu, animist and Muslim a tribal groups that ruled by the Rajahs and Datus. It was the kingdom of the defunct Rajah Nate of Cebu, was a native kingdom which used to exist in Cebu prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. It was founded by Sri Lumay or known as Rajamuda Lumaya a native prince of the Chola dynasty.
Ferdinand Magellan was sailed in the port of Cebu on April 7, 1521 and he was dead at the hand of warrior chief Lapu-lapu on Mactan Island.
Datu Lapu-lapu is a native king in the Mactan Island is a rival of the rajahs of Cebu.
The image of Santo Niño de Cebu or Holy Child Jesus of Cebu is the oldest Christian image in the Philippines is enshrined and venerated at the Basilica of Santo Niño.
The statue of the Santo Niño was given by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of the Rajah of Cebu.
Cebu has a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and has a several major of churches including the Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño de Cebu, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Santo Rosario Parish Church, San Jose Recoletos Church, Sacred Heart Church, Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rule, National Shrine of Saint Joseph, Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe of Cebu and other Christian churches, as well as several other non-catholic churches, mosque and temples.
Cebu City has a long history of changing its streets names.
Colon Street is the oldest street in the country.
There are also many streets, avenues, drives and boulevards using the same name such as Osmeña or Ramos.
Cebu is the main educational institute in the central region of the country. It has several large universities each with number of college branches throughout Cebu City and more than a dozen other schools and universities specializing in various courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Nautical courses, Nursing, Law, Computer and IT and other professions.
Sights in Cebu
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño is the holiest church and a real survivor, it was built in 1565 and brunt down three times, and it was rebuilt in its present form in 1737.
The church was founded by an Augustinian priest, Andres de Urdaneta on April 28, 1565.
This church is the home of Santo Niño de Cebu.
Fort San Pedro was built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi a conqueror of the Philippines. Fort San Pedro has served as an army garrison, a rebel strong holds, a prison camp and the city zoo. This days, it’s was a retired peaceful, walled garden and handsomely crumbling ruin.
Magellan’s Cross is Ferdinand Catholic legacy, a large wooden cross, is housed in a stone rotunda that is built in 1841 across the Cebu City Hall. The crucifix shows here apparently contains a few splinters from a cross Magellan planted on the shores of Cebu in 1521. A painting on the ceiling of the rotunda shows Magellan erecting the cross.
Carbon Market is the oldest and biggest produce market in Cebu where you can find racks of clothes and baskets smuggle cheek-by-jowl with stalls of fish, live chickens and drying intestines. This is an urban living place.
Casa Gorordo Museum is a quieter residential area, is one of the hidden gems of Cebu City. It is originally a private home; it was built in the 1850’s and purchased by the Gorordos, one of the leading families in Cebu. The lower part of the house has walls of Mactan coral stone. The house incorporates principals of feng shui, owing to the Chinese ancestry of Gorordo matriarch. The items that are displays are antique mostly the furniture and photos.
Butterfly Sanctuary one of the first place in Cebu residents, it is a place were you expect butterflies to hang around from branches and leaves and all over the garden. The best time in viewing is the morning and the best year of visiting is from June to February, when the butterflies are breeding.
Taoist Temple is in the northern hills overlooking into the city, it is a symbol of the city large and prosperous ethnic Chinese population. The architecture is functional and austere by the Chinese standards. It has a great view on the top.
Tops Lookout this is a modernist, fortress like viewing deck provides spectacular views especially at sunrise or sunset.
The Cebu’s biggest event is the Sinulog it was the biggest annual festival or celebration that draws pilgrims from around the Philippines. The Sinulog or Fiesta Senyor is the feast of Santo Niño. It is celebrated on the third Friday of January and is marked a colorful procession venerated image of Santo Niño.
The word Sinulog is a Visayan term for a dance that imitates the rhythm of the river.
Sleeping in Cebu
Kukuk’s Nest Pension House a tired old wooden building at the end of a long court yard offering simple rooms with paper thin walls and bamboo furnishing.
Pensionne La Florentina is an attractive older style building on a quite street around the corner from Kukuk’s. It is a family-run place that is a great uptown budget option.
C’est La Vie Pension it is an excellent value, on a quite street that has a very large comfortable rooms.
Shamrock Pension House is a perfect place for those who want cheap and charmless accommodation in the thick of uptown.
Mayflower Pension House is near in the Capitol building, the fan rooms are the best value here.
Teo-Fel Pension House offers small, aqua colored rooms with windows and rattan furnishings. On the ground floor is the little Café Felicidad.
Cebu Regal Pension House this place is very bit good value, the rooms are clean and freshly painted and all have windows.
Fuente Pension House is an imposing multistorey hotel; this is popular midrange place in the uptown area.
La Casa Rosario this is a squeaky clean establishment with friendly service and large, brightly painted rooms at a good price.
Kiwi Lodge is located on the quite street within walking distance from Ayala Center and SM City, it is clean, light rooms that are good value and there is also a restaurant-bar on the ground floor.
Diplomat Hotel is a quite, safe choice, the staff are profession and at your service. The standards rooms are well priced and spotless clean with safe and minibar.
Cebu Grand Hotel was in the east of the Capitol Site this is nevertheless a very good hotel spotless, comfortable room and has a great view.
West Gorordo Hotel is a cloying nice hotel, with pink floral wall paper in the halls and dowdy, tiled rooms with a great view.
Marriott Hotel the rooms are stylish and well-appointed, with most offering good views.
Cebu Midtown Hotel is above ion the Robinson Plaza, the rooms facing the harbor that have a great view.
Waterfront Hotel and Casino has a 24 hour casino and countless food and beverage outlets, discos, gyms, piano, bars and etc.
Our Place is located in the corner of Pelaez and Sanciangko Streets, is a favorite haunt of foreign blokes. It is a cozy, colorful, old style place with a wagon wheels on the windows, bumper stickers and license plates in the walls, as well-stocked bar and a menu ranging from triple-decker pancakes.
Eating places in Cebu
Visayan Restaurant nears in the Hotel Victoria de Cebu and it is offers a big portions of good Filipino and Chinese food.
Sideline Garden Restaurant is a large pagoda in a pretty little park; it is a delightfully ambient restobar with a cheap beers and a decent Filipino food. It is a great place to sit in the afternoon and watch the world go by.
Joven’s grill one of the Cebu better-eat-all-you-can buffets.
Café Intelleto is a great little café or book exchange where you can surf the net. Pastas are the specialty and it is the favorite with students.
Dish this is one of the new breed of slick, designer cafes they serves pan-Asian meals including pad Thai and a sensational coconut curried prawns.
Persian Palate is a popular authentic Indian and Middle East food, the menu includes a large vegetarian selection.
Bo’s Coffee Club it is the Philippines version of Starbucks. It is popular with the young Filipinos and this is the good escape from the streets.
Ayala Center is has an array of decent food outlets.
St. Patrick’s Square is a conveniently placed outdoor mall with a couple of good eateries and an Internet Café.
Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant is a great place to try an authentic native style cuisine. The service is impeccable and the food is presented on a banana leaf that is simply delicious.
Shopping area of Cebu City
Ayala Center is a six storey that you can find most banks, airlines, and tour companies represented here. There are also many boutiques like the European and American, there are also restaurants, bars, health spas, cinemas, fast-food chain and even the child center.
Robinson Place is a small time shopping mall; it has a department store, supermarket, ATM’S, ticketing agencies and a food court.
SM City is located in the north reclamation area, you can organize travel and banking, and cover all other necessities in a place big enough to have its own government and currency. You can find also much information booth to help and navigate your way.
There are also other malls include the Century Plaza Commercial Complex, Colonade Mall, Gaisano Metro, Gaisano South and the Mango Plaza.