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cebu


INTRO:




my hometown....

On April 8, 1521 Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu and discovered the island for the Europeans thus opening a route that would be followed by sea traders until today. Magellan planted a cross in the island that would become Cebu's most famous landmark. While in the island, Magellan picked a fight with Cebu's local chieftain Lapu-lapu that led to the now legendary Battle of Mactan. Magellan was killed in the battle and most of his men were annihilated by the locals that marked one of histories most stunning war reversals. Spain was a world power at that time, dividing the world with Portugal, while Cebu was an unknown remote island in the Pacific.

In the picture you will see (from left to right) the Taoist temple, some beach I have visited at Boljoon, Cebu, the Mactan cross and the Sto. Nino church.

if you want to visit cebu city you may want to visit this site:
http://www.bestofcebu.com/reasons.htm


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MUST SEE/ACTIVITIES:


Sites:

clear waters of cebu
clear waters of cebu
beaches of cebu

Description: cebu is famous for a lot of white sand beaches...bantayan island and malapascua are just two of the famous beaches in cebu.....


Cebu City - taoist temple
Cebu City - taoist temple
taoist temple

Description:


Directions
take a lahug jeep.....ask them to drop you off at the st going to beverly hills subdv...... once there take a motorbike to take you to beverly hills entrance gate..... walk your way to the taoist temple after that.....

magellan's cross
magellan's cross
magellan's cross

Description:

Directions
take any jeep bound to sto.nino...
ceiling of sto nino
ceiling of sto nino church
sto. nino church

Description:
don't forget to hear a mass here at sto.nino church (if you're a catholic that is)

Directions
take any jeep bound to sto.nino...
magellan's cross
magellan's cross
magellan's cross

Description:

Directions
take any jeep bound to sto.nino...
fort san pedro
fort san pedro
fort san pedro

Description:
the smallest and oldest spanish fort in the country.... it was built in 1565 by miguel lopez de legaspi and served as the core of spanish settlement in the philippines. ...........admission fee is P10.00 daily from 9am to 11pm...........

Directions
near sto nino church
mactan bridge
mactan bridge
mactan bridge

Description:
the bridge that connects mactan and cebu city....

Directions
you'll surely pass this on your way to the airport or from the airport to cebu city....


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FOOD and RESTOS:
city grill
city grill
cheap "eat-all-you-can"

Restaurant Name:
city grill

Type:
Local

Description:
i like this restaurant so much because of it's cheap buffet..... it's for Php99.00 for buffet w/o the "talaba" (something like an oyster) and this includes bottomless drinks and desserts....

Favorite Dish:
i like everything!

Prices:
99/pax for a buffet lunch...includes dessert and bottomless juices/iced tea ...125/pax if u want the talaba....


Address:
along maxillom ave. ...

Directions:
maxillom ave.... almost infront of national bookstore..... also near fuente osmena circle.....
cheap dinner
cheap dinner
a dinner for Php11.00

Restaurant Name:
i call it the bbbque street

Type:
dinner/snack

Description:
this strip opens only at night...... this is where i had my cheapest dinner....


Favorite Dish:
pork/chicken bbque and puso (rice wrapped in pandan)

Prices:
pork bbque for Php3.00 each and puso (rice wrapped in pandan) for Php1.00


Address:


Directions:
along fuente osmena there is a street there at the right of shamrock, near a chinese hospital where you will see a line of bbque eatery....
tong's grill
tong's grill
cheap dinner buffet

Restaurant Name:
Tong's grill

Type:
dinner

Description:
opens at 7pm...buffet dinner is at Php125/pax...excluding drinks and dessert


Favorite Dish:
everything is good....

Prices:


Address:
mabolo

Directions:
infront of sarossa hotel


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HOTEL and ACCOMODATIONS
c'est la vie's
c'est la vie's
C'est La Vie

Description:
with a/c, hot/cold shower, cable tv....the room is clean and comfortable and most of all it's cheap!

Unique Qualities:
cheap but comfortable

Directions:
very near fuente osmena circle..... from that circle, enter maxilom avenue.... at your left is juana osmena st. (the st. where national bookstore is)...just go straight ahead until you cross a street....c'est la vie is at your right if you're coming from the maxillom ave...


Address:
juana osmena st.

Contact Nos:
+63 (32) 2532376

ns royal bldg
ns royal bldg
NS Royal pension house

Description:
the place is clean and the room is not as bare as c'est la vie (see my c'est la vie post)....... but it's a little more expensive than c'est la vie.........

Unique Qualities:
free breakfast

Directions:
from maxilom avenue turn left to where the national bookstore is........ NS royal pension house is at your right....NS is before C'est la vie


Address:
juana osmena st.

Contact Nos:
(6332)254-5358

Website
http://www.bestofcebu.com/pensionhouse.htm

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NIGHTLIFE
TOPS
TOPS
for a romantic night


Nightlife Spot:
Tops

Description:
this is like what we have in antipolo, a view of the city from the top...don't forget to bring your jacket

Directions:
it would be best if you have your own vehicle....you can also take a cab which would cost maybe around Php500.00



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OFF THE BEATEN PATH


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TOURIST TRAPS


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WARNINGS OR DANGERS


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GETTING THERE and AROUND
cebu airport b4 take off
cebu airport b4 take off
PAL


Getting TO: check with PAL (philippineairlines) for a discounted airfare.....they usually have promos from time to time..... i got my ticket for 1,250 to cebu..........


Phone:
(632) 855-8888
www.philippineairlines.com

motorcycles for taoist
motorcycles for taoist
motorcycles


TO:
this would take you up the nearest drop off point to the taoist temple...

jeepneys
jeepneys
the jeepneys


AROUND:
jeepneys would take you around cebu city....their jeepneys are usually coded (ie. 1C, 2B, etc), so don't be surprised if you asked a local what jeep to take to take you to a particular place and they give you a letter-number combination instead of the actual signage........but don't worry they also have a signage of the actual destination name ;)

Travel Time:
    from manila to cebu - 45min to 1hr by plane


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Culture


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PACKING LIST

Luggage And Bags:
ziplock bag (can be bought on outdoor shops) for your belongings not to get wet while you're walking by the beach....

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:
your normal swimwear

Toiletries & Medical Supplies:
advil (for headache), immodium (attapulgite)

Photo Equipment:
tripod, extra memory/film, extra batts

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear:
beach hat or cap....or a big hanky for your hair.....

Miscellaneous:
sunblock ofcourse!

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SHOPPING:
cebu souvenir shirts
cebu souvenir shirts
souvenir shirts


What to Buy:
souvenir t-shirts
What to Pay:
Php150 and up

Mangoes, danggit, tablea and a lot more!
Mangoes, danggit, tablea and a lot more!
Carbon Market


What to Buy:
mangoes, dried mangoes, mango puree, danggit, tablea (chocolate tablet made from cacao) and my favorite, the maryal!! (a white very soft candy made from peanuts)
What to Pay:
cheap!
Address:
Carbon market, Cebu City

Directions:
ride a taxi and ask them to take you to carbon market.... or ride a jeep that says 'carbon' on the signboard

guitars
guitars
guitars


What to Buy:
guitars
What to Pay:
depends...... but the cheapest is Php700 but you can still haggle...
Address:
try infront of the st.nino or you can go to lapulapu and ask the locals there where the famous guitar shops are located....

Directions:
ride a jeepney to take you to lapulapu or to sto.nino....

dried fish @ tabo-an market
dried fish @ tabo-an market
dried fish varieties


What to Buy:
fish tocino, fish tapa, dangget, all kinds of dried fish varieties!
What to Pay:
cheap
Address:
Tabo-an Market

Directions:
take any jeep bound to tabo-an market



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GENERAL TIPS:

some links:
     marlin's cebu gallery
     best of cebu


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