Hello! And I am back again with more of my adventures for the year 2015. For my last hurrah, my best friend (Sel), her boyfriend (Neil), and I went to Cebu City to have 3 days and 2 nights of exciting adventures.
Day 1: Dec. 11, 2015 (Friday)
So, we had to leave quite early as traffic in Manila is really harsh for commuters. This was Sel’s first plane ride, so we were all excited. Also, Neil just got his new SJ cam and we had so much fun documenting each step of the way. We left Manila at around 11:00am and arrived at Mactan International Airport at 12:00nn (via AirAsia). We had to wait for an hour for my sister (Jun) to fetch us at the airport.
|NAIA Terminal 4 (departure gate)|
|Welcome to Mactan!|
Finally, Ate arrived with a taxi and we all went to our accommodations, Robe’s Pension House. After checking-in and dropping off our bags, we decided to have lunch at Zubuchon to have the famous Cebu Lechon.
With our tummies full and energy back on 100%, we decided to walk around and visit famous landmarks. Good thing about the location of our hotel, everything worth seeing were just walking distance.
First stop is the Basilica del Santo Niño which was still under renovation. The bell tower was covered with scaffolding and the whole façade was being redone. Nevertheless, patrons still come and go to visit the church. They even held mass at the vast plaza mayor in front of the church.
Next stop is the Fort San Pedro, which Neil kept calling Fort Santiago (LOL). Most places are free to visit, but Fort San Pedro has Php 30.00 entrance fee for maintenance. Inside the famous walls were many exhibits displaying the history of Cebu starting from Magellan’s landing. There were also pictures, scale models and artifacts from different time periods.
Next, we walked back to buy some early souvenirs. We wanted to take pictures with Magellan’s cross; unfortunately, the monument was under construction and off limits to the public. We ended up walking back to Basilica del Santo Niño in search for another landmark to see.
Last stop before we head back to the hotel was the Metropolitan Cathedral Cebu. It was a Spanish Colonial church, but it has Chinese-style guard dogs on the steps. Don’t ask me why. Inside was a beautiful altar illuminated by soft golden lights. There was an on-going mass service, so we didn’t stay too long.