Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly: Best Lechon in Cebu City

Before we went to Cebu, E had one request. His request was if we can have lechon everyday. In the end, that request didn’t happen, just because there are a lot of other amazing places to eat at in Cebu. Of course, it is mandatory or well it is best if you eat lechon (roasted pork belly) in Cebu compared to eating a re-heated lechon from Cebu.
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Rosewil’s SuTuKil: Fresh Seafood cooked the way you want

I was a bit more prepared for our Cebu trip compared to my first trip there. Before, I just wanted to go to the top recommended places in Cebu. This trip however is a bit different, for starters I have more money to spend so I can really go all out an enjoy eating without worrying to much about money. Aside from that, I also have 3 people with me who LOVE to eat. We are not certified foodies, but we do have a passion for eating food.
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Sumilon Bluewater Resort: A Hidden Gem

After swimming with the whale sharks, I talked to the receptionist at MB Sunrise. I’ve read blogs about Sumilon Island and I wanted to ask for a local’s advise on whether or not it is worth spending money on. I was pressured to make sure that my friends and E have an amazing time in Cebu since I was the promoter of the whole trip, which is why when he said yes I immediately asked for his help on how we can get there. According to him, we just need to take a tricycle from MB Sunrise to the port going to Sumilon Island and from there we will ride a boat to the island. I was about to ask him if he can call a ride for us when he asked if we needed a ride and what our estimated time of departure was (oh kind sir you are heaven sent!) and that payment per person for the ride was P50.
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Cebu Day 4: Pasalubong Shopping + Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly

Our last day was spent going to different shops to buy “pasalubong.” It is common tradition here in the Philippines that if you go on a vacation, you will buy knick-knacks, trinkets, food, or any type of souvenir item for your friends, officemates, loved ones, or anybody you know.
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Cebu Day 3: Downtown Cebu Pt. 2 + Taoist Temple + Food Trip

We were super tired from our first two days in Cebu. E mentioned that I should have switched Day 2 and Day 3, but it’s done. My initial plan for Day 3 was to have a second walking trip in downtown Cebu, because the first one was not optimized. I’ll probably blog about my recommended walking tour for downtown Cebu soon. Aside from the walking tour, I also planned going to the taoist temple and tops.
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Cebu Day 1: SuTuKil + Downtown Cebu + Sky Adventure

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I have been to Cebu twice so I was tasked to create our itinerary for 4D/3N. Luckily I have this habit of checking Trip Advisor for reviews, blog hopping, and asking my friends who either live in Cebu or have been in Cebu numerous times. So by January I was done reserving our hotel and preparing our itinerary (I even made two options for our itinerary: (1) overnight stay in Oslob or (2) day tour in Oslob). My estimate was that we will spend around P10,000 per person (roughly around $250-300) all in.
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Cebu DIY Tour

Here is my official Cebu DIY tour list. I’ve been to Cebu twice before our trip. First was with my mom, it was my birthday gift to her and the second one was for work (Berocca Night #OnFullBlast party series). So, I’m a bit familiar with the places that should be visited there in Cebu and I have friends who gave me a checklist of places to visit and eat at. That awesome combination helped me create my second Cebu DIY tour.
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Walking Around Downtown Cebu

As I have mentioned before, in our trip to Cebu,we didn’t hire any tourist guide, or a city guide (even if it was offered to us by the cashier at the inn we were staying at), I knew that it will be more costly and we will have to spend a limited number of time in looking around the tourist spots. So here is my short guide to walking around downtown Cebu. πŸ™‚

Hire a cab, and ask the driver to drop you off at Fort San Pedro. From our hotel, it cost around P80 ($2), so it will depend on where you are staying at. πŸ™‚ So just pay the driver, and that’s the starting point of your walk around down town Cebu. πŸ™‚

stop 1, fort san pedro :)

Fort San Pedro is said to be the smallest fort in the country, built in 1738. When you get in there, just Β stay on the right path. πŸ™‚ You’ll understand what I’m saying better when you get there. πŸ™‚ You can go around the fort in less than an hour, it’s small and triangular in shape, and that’s stop #1 for down town Cebu. πŸ™‚

After Fort San Pedro you can see Malacanang of the South, and yes, it’s just a few minutes away. πŸ™‚

Our next destination was the Sto. Nino Basilica, it’s around 2 blocks away from Fort San Pedro, around 10-20 minute walk to get there. πŸ™‚


Stop #2 :)

Mom and I probably spent a lot of time here at the Basilica. πŸ™‚ Our first stop was at the museum, and it’s a definite stop if you are going to the basilica. Inside was the collection of costumes that the Santo Nino wore, and relics of saints, and of Mary, yes you read that right, relic of Mother Mary, was surprised and was tearing up when I saw that as well.

After going around the little museum, mom and I went shopping for pasalubong at the shop there. A lot of Nino’s and other religious stuff as well. After which, mom and I went inside the church and we lined up to see the actual Nino. πŸ™‚ Pretty long line, but it was okay. πŸ™‚ And we also spent some time inside the church, try to look up and you’ll see some amazing paintings. πŸ™‚

Stop #3 was just a few steps away from the basilica, and yes, it’s Magellan’s Cross. πŸ™‚ I actually thought that it was as in large, but it’s a cross, the amazing part was the painting that you can see when you look up,very detailed and just amazing. πŸ™‚

stop #3 :)

After Stop #3 we then, again, walked around and we got to the Metropolitan Church and we passed by Casa Gorordo Museum, but mom didn’t want to go in, so we continued walking, and we shopped for pasalubong at le Shamrock. πŸ™‚

shamrock :D

Best buys at le shamrock:

  1. Baked Polvoron – trust me on this, this is awesome. It’s your typical polvoron, aha, but it’s baked, so no messy eating left overs, and there’s this distinct yum factor, must try. πŸ™‚
  2. Dried Mangoes- don’t buy at the airport, the price there is just triple the price at le shamrock. πŸ™‚
  3. Otap- of course, one of the best buys.:)
  4. Peanut Kisses
  5. Mango Puree – yum!
We again, walked and walked and we passed by the Heritage of Cebu. πŸ™‚

Heritage of Cebu

This monument shows some of the key events that took place in Cebu, it was inaugurated last December 2000. And just across it was our last stop for our tour in downtown Cebu is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. πŸ™‚

Stop #5 :D

The most remarkable thing here is that everything is very well preserved. πŸ™‚ The house is said to be built around 1700, at first glance we didn’t notice the ancestral house at all, but with me asking every 5 minutes or so, we eventually got there. πŸ™‚

We spent around P300($7-8) for food and transportation, and P2000 for pasalubong. So instead of spending P2000 in just renting a van or a cab for the tour at downtown Cebu, we spent P2300 for food, a cab, and pasalubong. πŸ™‚

If you do plan to go to the Taoist Temple, perhaps you can do it separately, it’s far from downtown Cebu and it might be a bit costly. So go for a tour around Downtown Cebu first and then plan your Taoist Temple trip plus lunch/dinner at Larsian and then go for the extreme rides at Crown Regency. πŸ™‚


Queen City of the South

feet shot :D

Last month, I treated mom to a special vacation for her birthday. πŸ™‚ Voila, nag Cebu kami. πŸ™‚ Like mom, it was first time as well to go to Cebu. (First time ko lang po sumakay ng eroplano nitong Hunyo).

So I looked for tour companies that offer packages, but they were a bit expensive, and I wanted to stick to my

budget. πŸ™‚ So I started researching for must see places in Cebu, and lo and behold, I stumbled upon TripAdvisor.

I searched first for a hotel, not too expensive but will still offer the basic services, such as hot and cold water,

with cable tv, and syempre aircon. πŸ˜€ So I ended up booking our 3d/2n stay at Palazzo Pensionne. As for our Itinerary, since I know little about the places that we can visit there, again i consulted pareng TripAdvisor, and can I just say, ang helpful nya. πŸ™‚ In less than an hour, I was able to plan out our trip. And it was within my budget of Php 10,000. πŸ™‚ Yes, Php 10,000 for two, for a 3d/2n stay, that includes theΒ accommodation, and the edge coaster + dinner buffet na. πŸ™‚

Our visit was short but sweet, we even tried out riding the jeepneys there, caution lang madaming jeep dun eh may scheme sila, best is to ride a cab, but a bit of exploring can go a long way din. πŸ™‚

Here are some of our wonderful photos there. πŸ™‚ And the ending, mom got the best birthday gift ever! πŸ™‚

mom waiting for our flight at NAIA Terminal 3

our plane landing at the mactan international airport, yep, at sunrise. :)

mom at the taoist temple :)

cebu city view from the 38th floor of crown regency

mom at fort san pedro

us at magellan's cross

mom at fort san pedro

yap sandiego ancestral house

mom and i at the magellan's cross

danggit buy! :D

jeepney adventure to larsian ihawan :D

larsian! :D

I will soon post a more detailed list or set of instructions for a day trip at downtown cebu. πŸ™‚ thing is, you only need to spend around P80 to P100 for your cab and the rest is a walking journey. πŸ˜€