Places

Cebu City, Philippines

6 Apr 2015

Cebu city, as described by Wikipedia, is the oldest, “second city” and one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines.

The last time I stepped in Cebu was almost 20 years ago. I remember staying in Moalboal for few days, toured around Robinson’s and visited Mactan shrine. There were no tall buildings and huge malls back then. But last April 6, I had a chance to visit that city again with Danny for my Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) seminar on the following day. It was Danny’s first time to venture out of Mactan airport. It only took us less than an hour going to Cebu from Davao via plane. We chose PAL as our courier since it was cheaper than others.

Our journey started at 10:30 of a Monday morning. After taking off, a flight crew handed us some snacks and drinks (either tea, coffee or water).

Cebu is an island province in the Philippines, consisting of the main island itself and 167 surrounding islands and islets. ©Wikipedia

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We arrived in Mactan-Cebu airport at around 11:15am, got our luggage and grabbed a yellow-colored airport taxi. Airport taxi fare starts at Php70 but regular taxi is at Php40.

Marcelo Fernan Bridge

We headed straight to our hotel which is located near the capitol site and CFO. It costed us Php270 for almost an hour travel despite the traffic when it was not even rush hour.

Gen. Maxilom Avenue
J. Llorente Street

Walking around the area, we spotted the new CFO office. It is situated in a favorable area accessible to many hotels, inns, pension houses, banks, hospitals, cafes, restaurants, malls and even more.

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sidewalk of Osmeña Boulevard
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Rizal Memorial Library and Museum in Osmeña Boulevard
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Cebu Provincial Capitol

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Our first stop was Ayala Center. From Mango Square, we took jeepney 12L route for Ayala. Jeepney fare in Cebu starts at Php7 only. A peso cheaper than Davao. It wasn’t that far but took us about 30 minutes because of the traffic around 2 in the afternoon.

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Address: Cebu Business Park, Archbishop Reyes Avenue. It’s the first Ayala Shopping Center located outside Metro Manila. ©Wikipedia

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Upon entering, the guards weren’t as strict as Davao where they do body frisking. They didn’t even ask me to open my bag. Anyway, we strolled around the mall, skimmed through stuff that caught our interest but ended up buying a bottle of water only. We went inside Rustan’s department store and few high-end cosmetic brands namely Mac, Clinique, Esteé Lauder etc. caught my eye and no, I wasn’t tempted to buy. Around 5:30pm, we decided to go back to the hotel and find someplace else to eat dinner.

That was it for our first day in Cebu. Stay tuned for my next post, I’ll be talking about our food trips in Cebu.

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