I love you, Cebu – Queen City of the South!
Touchdown, Cebu!!! Last September 2014 my family and I made a short trip to Cebu City. Since it was our first time, we really didn’t know what to expect in the Queen City of the South.
We were up and above clouds for roughly an hour via Cebu Pacific Airlines. Our flight was delayed (as usual!) We got our plane tickets for a very affordable price. As I can remember, we got it for P1600 round-trip. Not bad! After an hour of chasing clouds and sun, we finally arrived at Mactan Internation Airport! The weather was sunny yet the air is still fresh. The main transportation there in Cebu were taxi cabs and jeepneys. Since there were no jeepneys within the airport vicinity we flagged down a taxi cab for us to drop off in our first hotel.
Our first hotel was Stella Hotel, it is considered as one of Cebu’s best yet cheapest hotels. It is located within the heart of Metro Cebu. I liked the location of this hotel because you can just walk around the vicinity to grab some food and stuff. We only stayed there for overnight because my sister had a mistake with our reservation in another hotel (Crown Regency Hotel).
We got 2 separate rooms because we are in a big group and Stella Hotel cannot accommodate a large group during the time of our stay. Both rooms have its own flat screen TV, restrooms, and even closet. I liked the idea that although the 2 rooms were quite small, they were able to put the necessary appliances and stuff for the people to feel convenient.
Who doesn’t love BBQ?! I mean c’mon have you ever heard of Cebu’s BBQ heaven? Larsian sa Fuente! Be prepared to indulge yourself with BBQ’d pork, chicken, and even seafood! Larsian is a bazaar of eateries and yes never fancy. I loved how laid-back this place is (you can eat here using your hands – yes, pinoy style!) No spoon and fork here, but they will provide disposable plastic gloves to use.
Everything will be grilled and be served with their traditional rice wrapped bun-like in leaves. Puso is a popular icon in Cebu like their danggit, lechon and dried mangoes. It is often seen in places like Larsian and street stalls of Cebu (and yes, even in malls!).
Chorizo de cebu, chicken, squids, bangus, blue marlin, chicken gizzards… Name it all!
Isaw (chicken intestine) -P5
Blue Marlin – P100 per slice
Chicken skin – P5
Pork barbecue – P5
Puso (rice) – P3
Chorizo (my favorite) – P13
Balunbalunan (chicken gizzard) – P5
Tip: if you’re with a large group, you can haggle with the price, and ask for discounts and freebies such as unlimited soup and soft drinks.
P.S. I wish Manila has its own Larsian! I’d opt to eat there everyday over fancy restos. I’m a BBQ lover forever and ever. Amen!
For the second day, we went to Fort San Pedro, one of the distinguishable landmarks of Cebu. It was really scorching hot kinda day and so I was too distracted to get a lot of photos. Anyway, Fort San Pedro was built for military defense by the Spaniards. This place will walk you through the history of time. Fort San Pedro is located in the Pier area. Easiest way to get there is through a taxi.
Regular – P30
Senior – P 24
Students & Children – P20
Tip: if you’re still a student and travelling, always bring your student ID for discounts.
Right after from Fort San Pedro, we flagged down a taxi cab to drop us off to Cebu’s famous landmark – Magellan Cross.
Oh boy, wow! That’s the only line I could literally utter right after I saw it. I am amazed because when I was a kid, I could only see this Magellan Cross through postcards and books. We stayed there roughly 5 mins for photo-ops. Yas, selfie!
It’s lunch time! We decided to drop by Cebu Lechon’s famous resto – Zubuchon. Anthony Bourdain’s famous declaration after tasting: “Best pig ever!” And boy, it is!!!
We had lunch at One Mango Mall branch of Zubuchon. It was a hard to find resto but it was all worth it. We ordered of course their Zubuchon Lechon which sells for Small (1/2 kl.) P240 Large (1 kl.) P490 “%^#^#%” I couldn’t contain my feelings when I first had my first bite to this bad boy. This is Zubuchon’s star but never underestimate their other entrée such as – Monggo with Lechon (P180), Pancit with Lechon (forgot the price), and their drinks – Kamias Shake (P100, if I can recall it correctly)
After a sumptious lunch, we headed back to Stella Hotel to check out. Then, went to Crown Regency Hotel to check in again. We scored a deal over the Internet (forgot how much but we got it from Metrodeal) and what a good catch that was. This was one of the 2 rooms we got. Cozy eh? It comes with a large bath rooms – with bath tub, hot/cold shower and a spacious lavatory.
We had our free breakfast buffet too! I was overwhelmed by the wide range of food. I loved their hot chocolate,cereals and breads!
We went to Carcel de Cebu also known as Museo Sugbo, one of Cebu’s famous museums. Carcel de Cebu means Provincial Jail of Cebu. Museo Sugbo is located in M.J. Cuenco Avenue in the old Spanish-era area of Cebu named Tejero. It was a relief for me to enter an air-conditioned museum because during our visit the weather was scorching hot.
I didn’t know bling was a trend even back then! Kidding aside. Through this museum, I learned a lot of things from our ancestors and even things I didn’t know existed.
Adults: P30 (Filipinos), P75 (Foriegners), P75 (Balikbayans)
Students: P10 (Filipinos), P50 (Foriegners), P50 (Balikbayans)
Senior Citizens: P10
ICOM Members: Free Admission
Tip: I told you, always bring your student ID for discounts!
Our last stop before going back to Manila was the Plantation Bay! We had a light snack at Cafe Palermo – I had their New York Cheesecake.
Tip: Always be alert with Cebu Pacific’s seat sale! It will save you up a lot of money.
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