(Circa 2008) Not many people know that I’ve been to Cebu once. I didn’t ask my parents permission for this trip because I knew that time that they won’t allow me. Since I hate interrogations and long discussions, I simply told them that I’m going for a “company outing” for a team-building event. (Babala: Kids, wag tularan masama magsinungaling. Gustong gusto ko lang talaga ng adventure ng mga time na yan.) :)
Ready for Cebu
I was with my HS friend, Cynthia, one of my closest friends back in high school. She’s now based in Paris with her French husband and sometimes, we still manage to exchange a few messages in Facebook. I already gained much weight since graduating from high school but then whenever I see her pictures in Facebook, it seems nothing changed for her. She’s still tall and skinny just like our HS days.
With Cynthia, my HS berks
I was on time at NAIA airport and she got stuck on traffic so she was left. Upon arrival at Cebu, I stayed at the airport for a couple of hours and waited for her. Luckily, she was able to book a flight. Otherwise, it’s just me for the entire 3 days. When she arrived, we went straight from the airport to downtown Cebu and started our DIY city tour.
Mactan International Airport
First stop, Magellan’s Cross. The place is very famous in Cebu yet I’m surprised to see that there weren’t too many people that time. We were able to get some nice pictures inside.
After that, we went to Fort San Pedro which is only a few meters away from Magellan’s Cross. The place is peaceful and relaxing that’s why we enjoyed strolling around together with some oldies and lovers.
Fort San Pedro
Next stop is Basilica of Sto. Nino. By the time we arrived, there’s an ongoing afternoon mass so the place is very crowded even at the outside. Consider as one of the oldest church in the Philippines, it houses the old relic of a black Sto. Nino.
Basilica of Sto. Nino
A few minutes more of walking and exploring Cebu City (which is reminiscent to Recto or Quiapo), brought us to the Heritage Monument of Cebu City. At first impression, it doesn’t seem to be a tourist attraction because it’s near the residential area and there’s also a street basketball game just across it. So nothing special in short.
Heritage Monument of Cebu
Sobrang pagod from the day tour. All places are of walking distance so we didn’t bother riding any public transpo. We didn’t book for any hotel reservation because we’re planning to go to Bantayan Island the next day, so we ended up looking on the spot. Luckily, we saw a pension house (which looks like a motel to me no offense), just a place to stay for overnight. In all fairness, the place is safe. It’s very cheap for only Php300-400/night and that’s for the 2 of us. Ang mura!!! :)
Our cheap find, HOPE Pension House
We woke up at around 5am to catch the early bus bound for Hagnaya Port. It’s a 3-hr road travel from the city. White sandy beach comes next. ;)