Friday, June 21, 2013

Travel Guide: Cebu City in a Day

If it’s your first time in Cebu City and you only have a day to explore, maximize your stay by checking out the following places:

Taoist Temple
Address: Dona Modesta Singson Gaisano, Cebu City
No admission fee
Hours of Operation: 10AM to 5PM

Located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, standing high in the northern hills of Cebu, offering the impressive view of the city is the Taoist Temple - an alluring structure that symbolize the the large and wealthy ethnic Chinese population of Cebu. The charming temple is was built in 1972 and still fully functional. From the entrance of the temple which is a replica of great wall of China to every smallest detail, I can say that it has been meticulously designed stringent by Chinese standards. With an elevation of 300 MASL (meters above sea level), this multi-tiered attraction boasts the overlooking view of the city.  This place I can say is a must-visit if you are looking for an excuse to see the lives of wealthy citizens of Cebu.

How to get to Taoist Temple: Take a Lahug or Calunasan jeepney and ask to stop at the Taoist Temple or Beverly Hills; fare is Php8. Take a walk uphill and you will see the stunning structure of Taoist temple. You may also take a taxi from uptown until the temple for about Php80 - Php150.

Address: Barangay Calunasan, Cebu City
Admission Fee: Php50 per person
Hours of Operation: 9AM to 5PM

I have nothing good to say about this place. I added Cebu Zoo in this article so that I can encourage more people to visit the place and see for themselves the pitiful situation of animals in cages. And maybe after you visit the place, you can be part of “CLOSE THE CEBU ZOO CRUSADE”.
As far as I am concerned, Cebu Zoo is more of an animal hell than a conservation center. To call this  7-hectare piece of land a sanctuary is a shit of a lie. When we went there, one of the zoo personnel told us that the tiger just died because of old age.  But I doubt that, I haven’t seen the tiger but I have seen the other animals and I know they are suffering... the pain is reflected through their eyes.
* Please click on the title to be routed to the separate article I created about this hell, I mean, about this place.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Address: Parian District, Cebu City
Admission Fee: Php50 per person 
Hours of Operation: 9AM to 7PM daily
Contact Numbers: (+63) (32) 515-9000, 513-8000 and 253-5568

Parian district was once a busy barangay in Cebu province and this was effectively reflected on the  community houses that were meticulously designed with a second storey. One of the houses that managed to live through centuries is the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.

If you have an inclination about ancestral items and history and you are planning to have your heritage tour in the province of Cebu, give this ancestral house a visit. The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest existing structural residential houses in the Philippines. It was constructed out of coral stones and woods, by the Chinese merchants during the late 17th century.

Magellan’s Cross
Address: Santo Niño, Cebu City
No admission fee

Inside this structure lies the cross
This The 492-year-old cross is a historical site in Cebu and one of the most prominent crosses in the Philippines.  It is a wooden cross that is believed to have been planted to the Philippine soil by the world renowned  explorer Ferdinand Magellan to mark his arrival and the birth of Christian religion  in the country.

Magellan's Cross is situated just across Cebu City Hall along Magellanes Street, beside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.

Senior Citizen Park
Address: along M.C. Briones Street (in front of Cebu City Hall)

No admission fee

I don’t know where else in the Philippines we can find a park that is dedicated to senior citizens aside from the one in Cebu City which was opened October last year. I commend this project of the local government. Thumbs up!

Senior Citizen Park, although built for senior citizen, is also open for everyone. There’s is nothing much to do in this park, but if you want to while away time and watch people passing by or some carefree Cebuano kids playing, it will not hurt to check out this place.
The abandoned Compania Maritima Building
Address: walking distance from Senior Citizen Park
Close to public

Located just several steps away from Senior Citizen park is the beautiful abandoned building of Compania Maritima. It is said to be one of the oldest structures in Cebu and there’s a plan to convert it into a maritime museum or make it a part of heritage and tourism zone. When? I don’t know.
You can’t go inside the building, there’s is actually nothing really interesting about it. But I personally think it is beautiful. Take a glimpse, maybe you might also see its beauty the way I do. :)

Fort  San Pedro National Coliseum
Address: Pier Area, Cebu City
Admission fee: Php30 per person
Hours of Operation: 8AM - 7PM

This smallest and oldest tri-bastion fort in the country served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines and served as fortification for Japanese soldiers during World War II. The walls are 20 feet high, 8 feet thick and the towers are 30 feet high from the ground level. The fort was turned over to local Cebuanos by  Commodore George Dewey after the battle of Manila Bay. It then became an American Warwick Barracks during the American Regime; later on rooms were converted into classrooms where the Cebuanos received formal education.

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  1. This post reminded me of my first time in Cebu. Such a lovely City. I love it and the adjacent town as well that I find myself keep coming back to it. :)

  2. Ang daming old structures! I'm sure mag-eenjoy ako rito! :-)


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