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Monday, August 20, 2007

Travelling to Cebu

Have you ever planned of travelling to Cebu to experience the sand, sea, and sun that this island province offers? Well, here is a short glimpse at what you can see and do when you visit Cebu.

Arriving in Cebu via plane, you will be landing in Mactan Island, the Island that once accepted with open arms Ferdinand Magellan and his army of conquistadors. Mactan is laid back. Quiet. Although few signs of progress can be seen around. Mactan houses two export processing zones, international airport, and the famous (notorious sometimes) makers of firecrackers.

From Mactan you will then be travelling via taxi or a rented van to Mandaue City, passing by the new Marcelo Fernan Bridge, the bridge that links Mactan to the mainland island of Cebu. At the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, commonly known as the new bridge, you can see the first Mandaue-Mactan Bridge on your left.

Tell your driver to take the North Reclamation Road on your way to Cebu City. It's less traffic there. Plus, you will get to see the controversial Cebu International Convention Center, the venue of the 12th Associatin of Southeast Asian Nations Summit last January.

When in the City:
Proceed to the Sto. Niño Basilica. Pay homage to the child Jesus first before doing your rounds here. The Basilica is one of the oldest church in the country. It was in the church's ground that the image of Sto. Niño was discovered, paving the way for the baptism of Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana.

Nearby is the Magellan's cross. It was here that Magellan planted the cross of Christianity (although there are historians who do not agree with this claim).

You can then proceed to Parian where you can see a giant sculpture that depicts the rich history of Cebu. Don't worry, there a lot of locals who are willing to answer your question about Cebu's history if you have any.

I will discuss more spots in my future blog so keep visiting this site if you don't want to lose your ways while in Cebu. :)

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