Tour of the Queen City of the South

And I'm back! I apologize for posting the last day of our Cebu trip only now. I was so busy with work, school and other activities that...

And I'm back! I apologize for posting the last day of our Cebu trip only now. I was so busy with work, school and other activities that I don't even have time to open my laptop.

Anyway, we scheduled our city tour on our last day in Cebu. We woke up early that day since we still have lots of places to visit.

We first went to Tabo-an market for pasalubong shopping. The front desk personnel of the hotel suggested that we take the cab since we are not familiar with jeepney route in the city. The first thing we noticed when we reach the place was that there were dried fish everywhere. Good thing we haven't took a bath yet since the smell of the dried fish sticked to our clothes. We bought different kinds of dried fish, dried mangoes and since we love their chorizo, we also got a kilo to bring home to Manila.

Dried Mangoes
Dried Fish everywhere!
Cebu Chorizo

Before going back to the hotel to freshen up and check out, we passed by the Shamrock store near Fuente Osmena to buy Otap, another pasalubong favorite.

It was almost lunch time when we finished checking out of the hotel. We realized that we haven't tried Cebu lechon yet. We were torn between CnT lechon or Zubuchon. Guess who won?

"The Best Pig EVER!" - Anthony Bourdain

It was the best pig indeed! It was not like the ordinary lechon. The skin was so crunchy and the meat was so tender. Too bad we were not able to bring one home.

Our city tour started at the Magellan's Cross. We were excited to see this famous Cebu landmark since we just normally see this in our elementary textbook. There are ladies in red and yellow who will offer to dance the Sinulog in exchange for the candles they are selling. We suggest to just buy candles inside the church since you will not be allowed to light the candles you bought from them inside.

Next on our list is the Basilica del Sto Niño which just beside the Magellan's Cross. It is said to be the oldest Catholic church in Cebu. We were in awe when we saw the altar. It was grand. We also noticed that most of the church goers waves at the Sto Niño image found also inside the church. We did the same. We found out that waving at the Sto Niño is the Cebuano's way of showing their faith and devotion to their patron saint.

On the way to our next stop, we passed by Malacañan sa Sugbo. Its actually the official residence of the President of the Philippines whenever he visits the Visayas region.

Our next stop was the Fort San Pedro. It was like Intramuros only smaller. Entrance fee was Php 35/person. It is said to be a military defense structure built to provide protection against pirates and unfriendly natives.

After our mini photo shoot in Fort San Pedro, we took a cab to Casa Gorordo. We were not able to go inside the museum since they are closed on Mondays. Just walking distance from Casa Gorordo is the Yap-Sandiego ancestral house. We did not go inside the museum as well. By the way, entrance fee to the museum is Php 50/person. Also located in the same area is the Heritage of Cebu Monument shown in the photo below.

We were also supposed to go to Museo Sugbo but we were pressed for time and the taxi driver advised us that we need to go back to the city before rush hour because traffic can be really bad. True enough, traffic was already building up on our way back.

And that concludes our Cebu City tour. There are still lots of places that we have not yet visited. Hope we can visit the Queen City of the South again.

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  1. Thank you for the follow! my dad was from Pasig City btw. heheh

    1. We're not actually from Pasig. Dito lang kami nakatira ngayon. :)

  2. Can't wait to get my hands on Cebu chorizo! :)

  3. wow..nice ..cebu lechon yumyum:)