I’ve only been to Cebu, the Queen City of the South, once in my life some nineteen years ago, so it’s valid that I have forgotten what the place is like. Last May, I came back to Cebu for a friend’s wedding and spent a couple of days playing tourist with my mom. It’s kinda like my hometown, , with a few skyscrapers here and there (even more than Davao City), lotsa shopping malls and some patched-up old shacks that served as homes/diners/canteens/vulcanizing shops/etc., but with bad traffic almost similar to that of Metro Manila. It’s good that I can speak the local dialect so I wouldn’t be taken advantage of.
Because I was on a budget, I stayed at the Cebu Guesthouse (along Mango Avenue) which is P350/night for the dorm room. I was kinda surprised that these rates are almost similar to the backpackers hostel rates in Thailand, Malaysia, etc. I was expecting something cheaper given that it’s Philippines, everything’s cheap. But that’s the cheapest that I can get.
If you’re in Cebu City for a day or two, it’s worth visiting these historical sites (which is what Davao City lacks, to be honest) which are not far apart from each other. If you have more (which we didn’t), go to the beaches, it’s worth the time and money.
This spot is set to commemorate the erection of a cross in Cebu by the Spaniard Ferdinand Magellan and the baptism to Catholicism of then ruler of Cebu, King Humabon, his wife, daughters and 800 of his subjects.
After spending time at the Magellan’s Cross, proceed to the Church of Sto. Nino next door. Here you will see Roman Catholicism in its truest form: devotees, street vendors, their saints on top of thechurch, ‘graven images’, lit candles, hushed prayers, etc.Not further away from the Sto. Nino Church, near the pier, is Plaza Independencia where Fort San Pedro is located. This served as a military defense structuremainly to repel Muslim raiders back in later 1700s. It is now transformed into a historical park, with parts of it a museum. There are a few more old churches to see in the area. You will find this nameplate in one of the side streets around Osmena Blvd, Cebu City. Photos were taken using my Nemo – iPod Touch