Fit For Kings: Experiencing the Queen City of The South

It isn’t a secret that it has always been my dream to travel the world. Growing up, I’ve seen a lot of people travel, and I told myself that one day, I also will. After my college graduation in 2015, my friends and I decided to visit Puerto Galera in Mindoro. That trip was technically a graduation gift from my parents and grandparents as the money I used for it were from them, even if I was already employed by that time. I always imagined what it feels like to travel with your own hard-earned money, and on April 21, 2017, 2 years after graduating from college, I was already able to do so.

Planning trip wasn’t as easy as I thought. From trying to score low airfares to scouting online for a nice but cheap hotel, I was nervous I would end up with less than what I deserve, but this first trip already taught me so much about traveling.

And so my adventures begin.
Together with two of my favorite people in the world, Patrick and Leslie, I experienced a fit for a king weekend in the Queen City of the South, Cebu! I can only share with you so much about the trip, but to cut the long story short, I would strongly suggest people who would like to experience culture in a contemporary world to visit Cebu. My favorite part of the trip was Sumilon Island. The place was breathtaking and I really stood there in the middle of crystal clear waters in awe of how amazing the Philippines, Cebu to be specific, is.

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I think I am fated to travel with this monster forever. (Sumilon Island, Oslob Cebu)

Below are some of the 700++ photos we took from our Cebu experience.

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Sirao Flower Garden – Sobrang colorful, bawat galaw mo, pang IG!
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Temple of Leah – I wonder how much grander would this place be once it’s complete and done.
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Taoist Temple – Rich culture. Leslie and I tried the way Taoist prays to their Gods. I asked for something and the answer was positive. 🙂

If there’s one thing that got me excited about this Cebu trip even few weeks before our departure date, it is the fact that I would already get to try their world famous Lechon (whole roast pig) and yes, Cebu’s House of Lechon did not disappoint me. I loved how their lechon tasted like, it was salty and flavorful unlike those lechons here in Manila. It was not malansa and it doesn’t taste like pig. I don’t know, it’s just so good. We had Lechon, Pinaulbo and Baked Scallops from The House of Lechon. Try it when you’re there. Don’t be deceived by false advertising of popular restaurants, if you know what I mean. 😉

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The highlights of our Cebu experience, all from House of Lechon. – Baked Scallops, 200 PHP             3/4 Kilo of Lechon, 500 PHP and Pinaulbo, 180 PHP
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Crispy Lechon Skin on tender, juicy, flavorful lechon meat! This is a sin I will never regret.
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Cheesy Baked Scallops that are so good, 2-3 servings will already satisfy your cheesy seafood cravings.

To continue on with our trip, more photos are posted below.

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Magellan’s Cross – I only used to see you in books, black and white. Now you’re real.
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Basilica Minore del Santo Nino – Our family (well atleast my Catholic family and relatives), is a devotee of the Santo Nino, and when I was younger we used to host Salibanda. It’s like a feast day for the Santo Nino during January in Paete. 
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10,000 Roses Cafe – Another disappointment. Maybe because we went there late in the afternoon and the sun was up. The long drive wasn’t worth what we saw. Sorry.

Cebu also left a mark in my heart because of the many magnificent beaches and water activities that we have experienced. If you ask me which part if my favorite, I’d answer our visit to Sumilon Sand Bar. People would probably ask why not the Whale Shark Encounter in Oslob and I’d say, I really don’t like the idea of these butandings being lured by boatmen for tourists’ selfies. I don’t know. Maybe, if we can all be responsible tourists, it may be less of a problem, but let’s face it, we aren’t and the briefing given before you encounter the whale sharks aren’t even followed. But below are photos from our Cebu water experience. 

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Whale Shark Encounter, Oslob – As much as I can, I tell them not to get too close to the whale sharks. This is an experience of a lifetime, but apart from me being afraid of these creatures, I won’t do this again because you know, the whale sharks probably wouldn’t want us doing this to their homes all damn freaking time.
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Sumilon Sand Bar – Speechless. This is just so awesome.
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Under the Sumilon Waters!!
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Moalboal White Beach – It’s like one of those beaches in Batangas, but way better. Look at my skin burning from the sun (and my fucking fat tummy, you don’t care, still pretty)

 

We also dropped by Tabo’an Market and if you’re a huge fan of dried mangoes and dried fish, you will surely love how cheap they are here in Cebu! 1 KILO of DRIED MANGOES cost PHP 320 only. Fish prices vary depending on what you want to buy but you can get a pack for as low as 85 PHP.

We also tried Larsian BBQ place. Sarap ng food. How I wish they had vinegar that isn’t tuba.

Here’s a summary of our trip destinations and the expenses.
Also linking the profile of our super fun tour guide, Kuya Jepoy!

Airfare via Cebu Pacific (Manila vv. Cebu) – PHP 4,300 / pax
Lakbay Cebu Tours under Kuya Jepoy – PHP 5,300 / pax
Inclusions:
* Exclusive Car Rental for all the Tours
* Entrances, Boat Rents and Other Fees
* Instant Photographer because Kuya Jepoy takes good pictures.
* Action Cam Rent (GoPro Hero5, baby!)
Places to Visit:
📍 Sirao Flower Garden
📍 Taoist Temple
📍 Temple of Leah
📍 House of Lechon
📍 Magellan’s Cross
📍 Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
📍 10,000 Roses Cafe
📍 Whaleshark Encounter – Oslob
📍 Sumilon Sandbar
📍 Kawasan Falls – Badian
📍 Moalboal, Cebu
Hotel Accommodation – PHP 1,700 / pax for 4D3N
Food – PHP 1500 / pax
Pasalubong – PHP 1200 / pax

TOTAL DAMAGE: PHP 14,000/pax

Questions? Drop ’em in the comment section below.

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