Day 3 – Wandering Cebu

We left Panglao early in the morning to catch the ferry boat. Our bad, we’re not able to avail round trip ferry ticket. It’s cheaper by few bucks if you avail it. Just like in Bohol we didn’t have any itinerary, we plan to get the city tour the day we arrived at the port. There’s a lot offering day-tour packages the moment you stepped out the port. Just learn how to haggle. First thing we do was to find a place to stay for a night. Our tour guide brought us to some hotels in the city. We ended up staying at Hotel de Mercedes. They’re the cheapest accommodation we can find that can allow 6 persons in one room. It’s an old hotel. Poor lighting but nevertheless clean and centrally located. Just in downtown.

First on our list was Magellan’s Cross.

Located on Magellanes Street in Cebu, this is the place where Magellan planted a cross to mark the beginning of Christiandom in the Philippines. Several Filipinos were baptized at this very spot, including the provincial Rajah and Queen. Around the area are ladies in yellow. They ask around if you’ll be interested to avail the traditional Sinulog for a fee. They’ll perform a prayer while dancing and waving candles. 

Magellan’s Cross

Basilica Minore del Santo Nino

Outside the Sto. Nino Basilica. The church was packed. We’re not able to enter the church coz there’s an ongoing mass when we arrived since its Sunday. We just say a lil prayer. Took some pics then left. 

It is said that the basilica was where one of Legazpi’s soldiers found a small statue of Jesus among the burning ruins of the city, and proclaimed it a miracle. The statuette was retained and became basis for the Cebuano festival, “Sinulog.”

Fort San Pedro

This is more like of Intramuros of Cebu. Fort San Pedro is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines. Visitors pay a nominal 10-peso fee to enter the tourism landmark. The fort is located in Barangay San Roque in Cebu City. 

After Fort San Pedro we went to Heritage Park then checked with Crown Regency regarding sky walk. We decided to just do it the following day before our flight to Manila due to time constraint. 

Heritage Park

Located near the Parian Fire Station. The Cebu Heritage Park in Parian is composed of multiple monuments of different people who had contributed a lot in the Philippine history.

We then head to CNT Lechon as what our tour guide suggested when asked who’s offering the best tasting lechon in Cebu. Cebu is known for many things and one of them is their Lechon Cebu. 

CNT Lechon

A lot of people were having lunch when we arrived, maybe because its Sunday. The place was jam packed. We waited for a while for a table to become available. It’s worth the wait. Their lechon indeed taste good. 

Taoist Temple

Was built in 1972. It is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City. Temple is open to worshipper and non worshipper. Within its premise has many attractions such as statues, colorful dragons, replica of Great Wall of China, mini library and souvenir shops. 

view from afar

where Taoist Temple is located

upon entrance you will see this

replica of Great Wall of China

there are 99 steps to reached the temple

After Taoist Temple we asked our tour guide if he can bring us to Plantation Bay. We want to go there because of the good reviews we heard about it. Since we’re already in Cebu why not visit it. It’s 30 minutes away from Cebu City. Opened in 1996 and rated as one of the Top 20 resorts in Asia. We’re in awe when we arrived at the resort. Very friendly and accommodating staff. 

We saw this when we arrive. 🙂

us with our tour guide

Our last stop on our city tour was the Mactan Shrine. The Mactan Shrine was intentionally built to commemorate the heroic deeds of Datu Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan. It contained three prominent landmarks: the Magellan Marker, the statue of Ferdinand Magellan and the proud statue of Datu Lapu-Lapu.

Magellan Marker

statue of Datu Lapu Lapu

I was quite amazed by Lapu Lapu. I’ve always adored his bravery

Outside the shrine are restaruants. Around the area are souvenir shops. Surprisingly they sell a lot of native accessories as well. We bought most of out pasalubongs here. They’re quite cheap. There’s also guitar shops. We had another stop, this time we bought Cebu’s sweets and delicacies. We had dinner at Tsiboom in Park Mall then we call it a night. 

6 comments on “Day 3 – Wandering Cebu

  1. seems like you had a blast. i wanted this to be a sidetrip to our bohol trip last year, but never got the chance to do it. Gusto ko din mag-plantation bay. how much was the entrance?

    • actually we didn’t pay any. it was part of the city tour our guide offered. its not usually being offered since its a bit far from the city. we just roam around the area and took some pix. but i believe they’re offering day rates/day tour package at plantation bay. 2k per pax inclusive of lunch and use of facilities. it’ll be cheaper availing day tour instead of staying overnight. room rates are way high for our budget. hehe

  2. Wew! I can’t wait for my cebu trip this December! nice post Xyza! 🙂

  3. can i get the contact details of ur tour guide and how much tnx

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