We flew to Cebu, using the ticket we purchased a couple of weeks prior to the start of this trip (Php 1,571.36). In Cebu, my buddy, Therese, picked us up from the airport and treated us to lunch at their restaurant, Casa Verde, in IT Park. She also treated us to merienda at Casa Verde main. Both meals were delicious!
Oslob lies in the southern part of the island and a fourth class municipality of the Province. Cebu was dubbed as a tourism hub of Philippines due to its vast one of a kind tourist attractions be it in southern or northern part. During December on the Feast of their patron saint, Oslob is celebrating their well known annual festival "Toslob Festival" from where the town gets its name. This municipality offers a variety attractions. Tumalog Waterfalls in Oslob is a 10 - 15 minutes ride away from the National Highway and a 2-3 Hours Bus ride from Cebu City South Bus Terminal. How to get there: Just take a Bus from South Bus Terminal bound to Oslob and take a habal - habal (Motorcycle) going to the waterfalls. Expenses: Bus Fare - P168.00 (One Way) Waterfall Entrance - Children - P10.00 and Adult - P20.00 Habal Habal (Single Motorcycle) - P60 (two way)
Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish (Cebu Archdiocese)
The underdog of this list is an imposing fortress-looking church located in Pardo. A Spanish engineer-architect, Domingo de Escondrillas, is resposible for its Latin-Byzantine Order of design. The white coral stone walls are at least a century old. The heavy looking facade with its rounded corner posts (pardon my lack of architecture lingo), also the lack of images of angels, cherubs or saints make it look like a fortess.
The old Sto. Nino cathedral, which houses the old relic of Santo Nino, said to be the original statue given by the Spaniards to the Cebuana queen. Locals and believers from other towns, islands and countries flock to the Cathedral to visit the Sto, Niño which is also a miraculous one. During its feast day, usually celebrated with a Sinulog Festival every first month of the year, people would paint themselves black to symbolize the early Filipino aborigines, known as Negritos or Aetas. A figure of the child Jesus is paraded in the main streets of Cebu hyped with some street dancing.
This waterfalls is one of the popular tour destinations for both local and foreign guests of the province because of its one of a kind characteristics that will make your stay exciting and excellent. Anyway, going to Badian you will pass the City of Carcar, Municipality of Barili and Dumanjug it is a long ride by the way. I assure that there will be no boring and dull moments because of the beautiful mountain-scape and coastal views along the way. You need to hike for at least 1.5KM of the semi concreted road to reach the waterfalls - a nature hike indeed! The waterfall is bluish and icy cold yet refreshing. However, there are a lot of people offering their services as a guide make sure to negotiate properly because some of them offer above standard rates. On your way up, the place is surrounded by luscious green trees and bushes that will serve as your shade. So less worry for your flawless skin! ENTRANCES and RATES Waterfalls Entrance - P10.00 Guide - P150 - 200 Kawasan Accommodation Rates: Ordinary Room - P900.00 Room with Ceiling Fan - P1200.00 (Good for two) Room with Ceiling Fan - P1500.00 (Twin Bed) Air Con Room - P2500.00 (Twin Bed) Air Con Room (Good for 10 persons) - P3500.00 Kawasan Waterfalls is a 2 hour ride from Cebu City proper. Just take a Ceres Bus at Cebu South Bus Terminal and inform the "konduktor" to drop you off at Kawasan Waterfalls jump off point. Pay your fares and entrances and start your adventure.
A must-see in Cebu is the Magellan’s Cross, the one erected by the Spaniards during their arrival. Magellan’s Cross is called as such because it is the original wooden cross that Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted when he arrived in Cebu. Because of the effects of time, weather and other external factors, it could not be avoided that the wooden cross would be subject to wear and tear. To preserve this historic landmark, the original cross was cast with wooden planks.This landmark is relevant to the Filipinos because it signified the locals’ conversion to Christianity. Because of the arrival of the Spaniards, the Philippines has become a significant mover in the Christian faith. In fact, the country remains to be the only Catholic nation in Asia.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Just a few steps away from the decorated Sto. Nino church is where the Province's Archdiocese is seated. Locally referred to as simply the Cathedral, this grand church is witness to many a secular and political movements. The cathedral was recently renovated in time for its 75th year celebration (again, one of the oldest). The baroque exterior is maintained, but the interior is now laden with grandoise. I think it has also been airconditioned, which makes it ideal for big wedding ceremonies.