Cebu is where you gain the license to binge on both chicharon and lechon every single day. But it is also a lot more than that. It has Sinulog. It has Sumilon, Bantayan, Malapascua, and Camotes. It has migratory birds in Olango and whalesharks in Oslob. Heck, it has Lapu-Lapu, both the man and the fish.
But there’s also one other thing that Cebu has, and it’s right in its capital: Cebu City has rivers you can trek to or else traverse on horseback. It has hills high enough for a zipline. It also has limestone caves to explore. In short, Cebu has adventure. For this entry, let me take you river trekking.
Location: Masaba River, Sitio Masaba, Barangay Tagba-o, Cebu City
While on assignment for AsianTraveler Magazine in Cebu, we stayed at Hotel Elizabeth along Archbishop Reyes Avenue. But since our itinerary brought us to the highlands of the city, we were only able to sleep here on our first and last nights.
Like its sister hotel in Baguio, this one in Cebu—designed by Tessa Prieto-Valdes—has a cozy-clean vibe and is laden with murals and photos of Europe, from Santorini to The Colosseum.
Tune is another of those hotels that charge relatively cheap but offer above average rooms for guests. And it’s an especially convenient choice for those who are coming in and out of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), or simply Clark Airport, a little over 6 kilometers away.
And it’s also perfect for travelers who love their air-conditioning, hot-and-cold showers, and properly locked doors—
—which is why I like it (although I am a perfectly happy camper too).
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We sailed under bad weather conditions then, but thankfully the rains stopped momentarily as we were about to dock in Malalison Island, which allowed me to take this shot. It’s one of my favorites.
Read my blog post on that here.
This is one of my two favorites (the other one’s their kare-kareng bagnet) from Solibao, a local restaurant in Baguio that serves Pinoy dishes at very affordable prices.
We haven’t seen a proper sunny day in quite a while, and though puto bumbong—a native Filipino delicacy—seems better consumed in the cold, today it reminded me of sunny days, of normalcy, and of the simple, little things that make life sweet.
Related post: Eats More Fun in Baguio
Our trip to Davao City for Kadayawan last year had been my first time in Mindanao, and though it was a very short stay, we had a grand time taking photos of the two-day parade, bingeing on humongous crabs, and tasting a banana split that was partly durian-flavored. We also managed to squeeze in a quick sidetrip to Samal Island, which was a five-minute boat ride from the mainland.
This photo was taken in the town of Tibiao in Antique in the Visayas. The river shown is used today for kayaking, something we didn’t get to try because of the bad weather.
When I took this photo I couldn’t wait to put in on Photoshop to play around with its colors. I tried shooting in Infrared once or twice in the past, but it’s far too technical for my taste. This false color post-process is more like me—instant.
Thriving on fishing, the municipality of Culasi in Antique province was our jump-off point to Malalison Island, one of its island barangays frequented by scuba divers.
At most, Culasi is a very simple community with a breathtaking countryside. Driving along its winding roads had been a visual feast despite the rainy weather. We passed by endless tracts of rice fields, dotted by nipa huts and coconut trees. The sunset beyond the fields and the sea had been particularly stunning.
And on the other side rests an expansive mountain range, locally called Mt. Madja-as, overlooking the whole town. It has no less than seven waterfalls visible on a clear day from anywhere in town—unfortunately, the mountain had been covered in clouds for the most part of our visit.
Culasi is an hour’s drive from Caticlan in Aklan province, Panay Island.
Photo above shows Mt. Madja-as
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POSTS FROM MY ANTIQUE SERIES
A not-so-smooth sailing day
Malalison Island from afar
Hiking to seven waterfalls in one go
A crocodile love affair
Spending nine hours at sea
Sailing to Caticlan but not going to Boracay