Maayong Pag-abot sa Sugbu! (Welcome to Cebu!) Day 1

The Queen City of the South has been one of the best destinations in the Philippines and as a person who loves to explore, I’ve been dreaming to visit this province. It so happened that  Aaron Andres, a highschool friend of mine, has planned to celebrate his birthday in Cebu so I took the opportunity to be tagged along. Actually, this is our first time to visit here and the trip became as awesome as we planned it to be.

I had a different flight details with him so I arrived earlier in Cebu International airport. I also grabbed the chance to have a day tour in the City.

By 9am, I arrived at SM City Cebu. I took the shuttle bus from the airport for only Php20. From there, I rode a cab to go to my first destination which is the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño church. I had the chance to see the blessed Sto. Niño, the reason behind Sinulog festival every January.

My first stop. 🙂 Thank you Lord for giving me the chance. 🙂

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Behind the church is the  historical Magellan’s Cross. It is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on March 15 , 1521. This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magalhaes is the Portuguese name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City.

CTTO: Rhudy Fernandez

Few steps away from the Magellan’s Cross is Fort San Pedro.  It is a military defence structure in Cebu, built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor of the Captaincy General of the Philippines. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the pier area of the city. Entrance fee is only Php30 for none students and Php 20 for students.

During my tour in Fort San Pedro, I was able to meet new friends there, Rhudy Fernandez and Crizel Mallari who are both nurses in Manila. And since, I wanted to go to Temple of Leah, I asked them both to come with me so we can share expenses on going there and luckily, they agreed. You can go to the temple by taxi or by habal-habal.


From Fort San Pedro, we rode a cab going to our next destination which is the Temple of Leah in Busay Cebu City. This is one of the newest attractions in Cebu. The reason why I really wanna see the temple is because of love. Love made the temple which started lat 2012.  Teodorico Adarna, father of actress Ellen Adarna and owner of Queensland motels, offers the construction of this building for his undying love for his wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. As of this time, construction is still on going but tourists are still welcome to visit. Entrance fee is only Php50 per head.

Near Temple of Leah is the famous Lantaw Native restaurant located also atop of the hill overlooking Cebu City.  It’s a slight expensive restaurant (as others would say) that serves wide array of favorite Philippine cuisine and gives satisfaction to our food cravings.

Good food. Happy tummy.

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By 1pm, we went to Tabo-an Public Market in Cebu which is very much popular for buying some danggit or dried fish. This is where you can also find some pasalubong items such as the dried mangoes, otap and chorizo balls. If you are looking for some competitive prices, then you may want to check this market out.

Hindi po ako mag-uuwi. I just took a photo of it. Hihi. Danggit kayo dyan. HAHA. XD

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By 2pm, that’s the time we took advantage on visiting the miraculous Simala church in the mountainous part of Brgy. Simala ,Sibonga Cebu which is 2 hours away form the City. Known for its castle-like structure, here lies the blessed Virgin Mary who are being patronized by the pilgrimage every now and then. You will feel the presence of the blessed Virgin Mary who has shown miracles to their patronage. Testimonials such as board passers, cured sickness and other kinds of answered prayers are available.


Around 5pm when he headed our way back to Cebu City and I decided to drop by at SM City where I met my friend, Aaron. We had dinner at Zubuchon where we enjoyed eating Cebu’s finest mouth watering lechon. (Best part of the trip! Yey! 🙂 Like their facebook page here! )

By 9pm, we rode a cab from SM City going to South Bus terminal. We were able to catch up the last trip going to the town of Badian where we met our tour organizer. The bus left the terminal around 10:30pm and we arrived at 7/11 Badian town proper at 12 midnight. We rode an ordinary Ceres bus that has a signage of “Bato via Barili” and the fare is less than Php200 only.

South Cebu is around 3-4 hours away from Cebu City proper but the trip is all worth it. You will eventually know the reason why we chose to explore this part of Cebu on my next posts so stay tuned!

Where we stayed:

South Cebu became one of the most visited tourist spot in Cebu and because of this, aside from hotels and inns, there are a lot of Cebuanos who offers their home to stay in for a cheaper price. On our case, our tour organizer is the one who suggested a place for us to stay in for only Php350/ head/ night. Fully air conditioned room, well-maintained bathroom and a clean house. You can make reservations thru calling Ate Nena at 0920-654-4112.

Our tour organizer in South Cebu:

It’s Ka Pedro (like his facebook page here) and his team who made our South Cebu tour possible in the most affordable way. We met him thru a referral by a friend as well. He offers reasonable packages for  South Cebu tour. Below are some of his client’s feedback.

“Thank you Kuya Frederick Sande for the amazing photos and videos! (He’s the best tour guide in South Cebu! Super maalaga! Thanks hun Kit for the referral! PM nyo lang sya if you’re going to Cebu.)”

-posted last August 25, 2016 by Mhalot San Juan Samaniego

“Dear kuya Pedro/Fred o pareng Fred, I still cant believe that my first solo trip in my life would be that great, and its bcs of you!! Binasag mo ang salitang “hindi kaba natatakot, wala kang kakilala doon, mag isa kalang” But youve made me feel at home in Cebu, and treat me like a family (wc really the purpose), pero kase may kakaibang kang taglay at dun ako natuwa. Maliban sa skills na meron ka, hindi ko alam saan nanggagaling ang pagiging masiyahing mong may pagkaloko, at ang energy mong pang sampung tao, nag kwento kana sakin about sa fam mo and stuff pero di ko padin malaman bakit ka ganyan (this is compliment ha, meaning, original ka, unique, HAHAHA). Well, your service and attitude that brings at all. It is indeed a great memories I could always tell. Di lang Cebu and winner, pati din ikaw! Haha. Sa muling pagkikita! 😂🙂☺️”

-posted last July 11, 2016 by Maria Nuñez

Source content: Ka Pedro’s fb page.

You may contact him at 09324514056 / 09751855193 for tour packages.

Read the next part of our trip here: 10 THINGS TO EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH CEBU! (Day 2&3)




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