10 things to do in Cebu

The following are for me, some of the interesting things to do while you are in Cebu, Visayas island, Philippines.

1. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu – I think every “cebuano” (a term to indicate the residents and original inhabitants of Cebu knows what this monument is and where it is located). For me, it is not only an important historical monument  but it also represents a place of serenity and prayer.

2. Yap – Sandiego ancestral house. Built during the 17th century, located in the Parian district, it is considered as one of the oldest houses in the Philippines.

3. Heritage monument. Though “recently” built ( July 1997 – December 2000), yet, I believe it is still very interesting to see because the monument represents and illustrates in one block the major and significant events in the history of the city of Cebu. Oh! It is also a 5 minute walk from the Yap Sandiego ancestral house!

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4. Fort San Pedro “Fuerte de San Pedro”. The original structure was made of wood built after the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his expedition and in the 17th century a stone fort replaced the old structure to repel Muslim raiders. Considered as the oldest triangular bastion fort in the Philippines, this is surely a monument worth visiting. The following pictures are just a few of the things to see in this well maintained landmark.

5. Museo Sugbo. A Cebuano heritage museum really worth visiting!

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6. Sirao gardens. I heard a lot of interesting stories about this flower farm garden and so three years ago I decided to visit this place.  Sirao garden is beautiful to see but I believe I visited it at the wrong time. Even so, the place beautiful and relaxing.  It was really fun to  drink fresh coconut juice and pulp from a booth located outside of the entrance of the garden.

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7. SM and AYALA. For shopaholics, window shoppers and for those looking for a place to meet friends and to spend a moment with love ones, one of the best options is just to let the hours pass away in these two mega malls in the heart of Cebu. I did got the feeling of  having it all on one place! (Though I would prefer throwing my time island hopping and swimming!)

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8. Island hopping. I never miss this everytime I go to visit Cebu. Oh! I discovered that the best time to start the tour is to begin it not later than 8 a.m. and to return to the mainland not later than 3 p.m. (after 3 pm the waves are bigger!)

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9. The Taoist Temple

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10. Temple of Leah. It was still under construction when I visited it three years ago. A Cebuano version of  the Taj Mahal in India? 

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Life is an interesting journey.

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it is incredible how a rose can still be beautiful even after days of rain!

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!