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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:30

What to Do in Cebu

Cebu was known to have a generally laid back atmosphere. So, its not surprising that most activities here are are not as adventurous as one might hope. However, things are slowly changing, and with new activities being introduced to the public every year, Cebu is becoming not only a vacationing spot but also an adventure destination. 

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:30

Shopping in Cebu

Shop 'til you drop in Cebu

Shopping in Cebu

Cebu's shopping, though not at par yet with Manila, Singapore, and Hongkong, can still offer tourists a run for their money. Since, Cebuanos are known to be

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:30

Restaurants in Cebu

Culinary world in Cebu

Cebu with all its diversity offers tons of choices to locals and travelers alike. This is even more so when it comes to food choices. Being the number one tourist destination in the Philippines, it is not surprising that the variety of restaurants offering international cuisine is sprouting all over. With the Japanese and Koreans being the largest number of tourist coming here, restaurants that cater to their particular liking also dominate the restaurant market. Nevertheless,  As what i said earlier Cebu still has a lot more food choices to choose from.


Lets start with...

Cebuano/Filipino Restaurants

Ironically there are not a lot of "restaurants" that offer Filipino and Cebuano Cuisine. This is so because most Filipino and Cebuano cuisine can be found all over the streets of cebu in pungko pungko or carenderias. These places offer genuine cebuano food- most of which offer ngo hiong, puso, and sometimes even lechon manok or baboy. And you don't have to worry about price, as little as 30(.60$) pesos, you can get a man-size meal. Throw in a few more, and you'll be having a good siesta later on.

As this is about Cebuano Restaurants though, i have to say that the handful that does offer Filipino cuisine in a truly restaurant setting does not offer it cheap. Popular Filipino restaurants in Cebu are Pino, Golden Cowrie, Chika-an, Abuhan, Patio Isabela, Lighthouse, and Cafe Laguna.

Name Rating Price Avg Price Per Person Telephone Number Address Map
Pino ★★★★ ★★★★★ (032) 231-3101 Wilson St., Lahug,
Golden Cowrie ★★★ ★★★ 63(32) 233-4243 Salinas Drive, Lahug
Chika-an ★★★
★★ 63(32)2330350 Salinas Drive, Lahug
Abuhan ★★★ ★★ +63(032) 253-1151
F. Ramos Street
Patio Isabela ★★★ ★★★★ (032) 231-6075 J. Panis St., Banilad
Cafe Laguna ★★★★ ★★★ (032) 233-8602 Biliran Road, Cebu Business Park
Lighthouse ★★★ ★★★ +63(32) 231-2478 Gaisano Countrymall, Banilad
Sugbahan ★★★★ ★★ 032-3468455 68 A.S. Fortuna Street,

 

Bar-b-q places 

Don't miss coming to Cebu without eating at the Barbeque places all around the City. Aside from the festive atmosphere, the food is really good at a much much bargain price. The best places are AA Bbq in Lahug and Larsians

 


Japanese Restaurants

There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in the City, and thats why i wont bother putting everyone here down, unless someone requested me to. I'll just place here the best ones so far. Restaurant Reviews will be done later.


Name Rating Price Ave Per Person Telephone Number Adddress Map
Yumeya Kihei ★★★★★
★★★★★ (032)2342551 G/F Pacific Star Bldg., Cabahug Mabolo
Yakiniku Kanyoen ★★★★★ ★★★★★ (032)2322989 Villa Aurora Mabolocastle Peak Hotel Bldg F Cabahug
Nonki ★★★★ ★★★★ (032)4223159 219 A.S. Fortuna St., Bakilid, Mandaue City
Tajimaya ★★★ ★★ (032)2320533 Crossroads Mall, Banilad




Korean Restaurants 

The same with the Japanese, there are a lot of Korean restaurants in the City, and thats why i wont bother putting everyone here down, unless someone requested me to. I'll just place here the best ones so far.Restaurant Reviews will be done later.

 

Name Rating Price Ave Per Person Telephone Number Adddress Map
Seoul ★★★
★★★ (032)233-1356
1st Floor Gaisano Country Mall Cebu City Cebu
Chosun Gabli ★★★ ★★★★ (032)233-3366

Arira Bulgogi ★★★★ ★★★★ (032)

Hwakung ★★★★ ★★ (032)

 




Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:29

Things to See in Cebu

Things to See in Cebu

Frankly speaking, Cebu is not really known for its sight seeing spots. Most people that do come to Cebu, usually end up coming here for the atmosphere, booze, golf, girls, booze again, and of course the beaches around- but never ever sight seeing as a first agenda. Nevertheless

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:26

Food

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:26

Language

Cebuano

 The Official Language for the Philippines is Pilipino or Filipino. Majority of the words though comes from the Tagalog dialect, which is widely spoken in the Luzon area. Though there have been instances of integrating Cebuano, the second most spoken dialect in the Philippines, to the official language, most of the Cebuanos still prefer to speak the Visiyan/Cebuano dialect.

Brief Background

Cebuano is of Austronesian language in origin. Around 20 million people speak the dialect. Most people in the Visayan Region speak the dialect- from Cebu, Bohol, to Leyte and some parts of Negros Oriental. Around Mindanao as well, people have given up their native dialects to speak Cebuano. Interesting to note in the language is its structure of verb subject object, which is quite unusual when you're coming from the western world.

English

Contrary to popular belief that most Cebuanos speak fluent English, it is important to take note that this has some half-truth in it. Yes, majority of the people in Cebu will understand you when you speak to them in English, However, not everyone may speak good English. With exception to Call center agents, elite students, and the "educated ones"(even then, its still not guaranteed that there will be fluency), Most of the time, Cebuanos when spoken to will reply in broken English with phrases and incomplete sentences. Usually this becomes frustrating to listen to, especially for Westerners, when expression from the Visayan language are also being mixed with English(i.e. man, ba, diay) - though i must say that the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese prefer this way since they too don't understand much English in the first place especially when spoken at a fast pace.

Most of the signages around the city is English based unlike in other South East Asian countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand where signs are often in their respective language. So if you're a foreigner you don't have to worry about getting lost in Cebu. Nevertheless, it is still useful to learn a few Cebuano phrases along the way(Refer to Speaking Cebuano Section). Aside from the fact that finding your way around will be a lot easier, building rapport with the locals is also an added plus- new friends, and maybe some freebies along the way.

Some Phrases

English Cebuano
How much? Tag pila?
Where is the Comfort Room? Asa ang CR?
What’s that? Unsa na?
What’s this? Unsa ni?
You’re very pretty Gwapa kaau{ka-a-you} ka
Too expensive Mahal ra kaau{ka-a-you}
Very Fun Lingaw kaau{ka-a-you}
You’re very annoying Samok kaau{ka-a-you} ka


Refer to the Speaking Cebuano section for more details

* For those wanting to know certain words that i have not covered yet, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:25

Weather

Cebu Weather

Cebu Climate

Cebuanos are blessed to be living in a tropical climate and well protected island like Cebu. No worries to buy extra clothes and stock up for Winter. No traumatic experience of a tornado ripping through their houses, and no huge tsunamis to be frantic about. This is so, because if one looks up the map of the Philippines, Cebu is located at the heart of the country.

Surrounded by islands around, Cebu does not get that many Typhoons hitting their way.Apart from the devastation that was brought about by Typhoon Frank last 2008, only Typhoon Ruping came close to what one can call a direct hit in Cebu from a Typhoon- to think this was way back in 1990. Earthquakes are not of a big problem either, as Cebu is far from a major fault line. Volcanoes erupting? not a chance since Cebu also far away from the "Ring of Fire"

Rainfall

Clearly, without need to worry about major natural calamities hitting, It is no wonder then why so many tourist flock to Cebu to enjoy the warm weather all year round. Though Cebu has been classified officially to have two climates- Dry and Wet, Rainfall is usually not that high in the Region, with average rainfall hitting around 100mm per month. Rains usually come in June to Dec, while the dry season comes in January until May. Rainfall is highest in June and July. Though most of the time when it rains in Cebu, it is usually fast and is accompanied by bright and warm sunlight after- making Cebu a perfect place for that sunny and warm vacation you always wanted.

Temperature

Cebu's tropical climate can be both a blessing and a curse with temperatures reaching a high of 36 degree Celsius during the summer time, from March to May, to as low as 18 degrees at the hills during the cooler season from October to January. Summer can get pretty hot, and it is advise that people wear light clothes. The average temperature in Cebu is around 24-32 degree Celsius, and does not fluctuate much with the exception of Summer when it hits all year highs.

Humidity

Cebu has a very humid environment with averages of 70-80 percent.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:22

Safety

General Safety

Cebu is a relatively safe place to be in, killings are quite rare-probably because of the mandatory death penalty associated with it. The most common of crimes that a foreigner might encounter would be theft, which is is not surprising considering that this happens in most third world countries. Theft can happen in a lot of ways. Be sure to watch out for this. 

1. While walking in the downtown area, don't wear expensive jewelry and watches. Thieves prey on these people and will often distract you to something with another one snatching your jewelery away from you.

2. When eating at fast food restaurants, don't put your cellphone or wallet on the table. Remember theives work in teams here. One of them will try to engage in a conversation with you while the other will slowly walk pass by and grab your belongings without you even noticing it. I had friends who experienced this and they're were locals, imagine more for a foreigner.

3. Don't talk with your cellphone while walking in the downtown area.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:22

History

Between the 13th and 16th century Cebu then known as Zubu[7] (or Sugbo) was an island inhabited by Hindu, animist and Muslim[8] tribal groups ruled by Rajahs and Datus.[9] It was a kingdom of the defunct Rajahnate of Cebu.

The Rajahnate of Cebu was a native kingdom which used to exist in Cebu prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. It was founded by Sri 'Lumay' otherwise known as 'Rajamuda Lumaya', a native prince of the Chola dynasty which had invaded Sumatra in Indonesia. He was sent by the Maharajah to establish a base for expeditionary forces to subdue the local kingdoms, but he rebelled and established his own independent Rajahnate instead. This rajahnate waged war against the 'magalos' or (Slave traders) of Maguindanao and had an alliance with the Butuan Rajahnate before it was weakened by the insurrection of Datu (chieftain or king) Lapu-Lapu who converted to Islam and swore allegiance toSultan Kiram.[10]

The arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 established a period of Spanish exploration and colonization.[11][12]

A map showing the route of the Magellan expedition circumnavigating the world.

Losing favor for his plan of reaching the Spice Islands from king Manuel I of Portugal, by sailing west from Europe, Magellan offered his services to king Charles I of Spain. On September 20, 1519, Magellan led five ships with a crew of 250 people from the Spanish fort of Sanlúcar de Barrameda enroute to Southeast Asia via the Americas and Pacific Ocean. They reached the Philippines on March 16, 1521. Rajah Kolambu the king of Mazaua told them to sail for Cebu, where they could trade and have provisions.

Pigafetta's illustrations of Cebuanos during the expedition.

Arriving in Cebu City, Magellan, with Enrique of Malacca as translator, befriended Rajah Humabon the Rajah or King of Cebu and persuaded the natives of allegiance to Charles I of Spain. Humabon and his wife were given Christian names and baptized as Carlos and Juana. The Santo Niño was presented to the native queen of Cebu, as a symbol of peace and friendship between the Spaniards and the Cebuanos. On April 14, Magellan erected a large wooden cross on the shores of Cebu. Afterwards, about 700 islanders were baptized.

Magellan soon heard of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a native king in nearby Mactan Island, a rival of the Rajahs of Cebu. It was thought that Humabon and Lapu-Lapu had been fighting for control of the flourishing trade in the area. On April 27, the Battle of Mactan occurred where the Spaniards were defeated and Magellan killed by Lapu-Lapu[13] in Mactan Island. According to Italian historian and chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan's body was never recovered despite efforts to trade for it with spice and jewels. Magellan's second in command, Juan Sebastián Elcano took his place as captain of the expedition and sailed their fleet back to Spain, circumnavigating the world.

Survivors of the Magellan expedition brought tales of a savage island in the East Indies with them when they returned to Spain. Consequently, several Spanish expeditions were sent to the islands but all ended in failure. In 1564, Spanish explorers led by Miguel López de Legazpi sailing fromMexico arrived in 1565 and established a colony.[14] The Spaniards fought the King Rajah Tupas and occupied his territories. The Spaniards established settlements, trade flourished and renamed the island to "Villa del Santíssimo Nombre de Jesús" (Town of the Most Holy Name of Jesus). Cebu became the first European settlement established by the Spanish Cortés in the Philippines. In 1595, the Universidad de San Carlos (University of San Carlos) was established and in 1860, Cebu opened its forts to foreign trade. The first printing house ("Imprenta de Escondrillas y Cia") was established in 1873 and in 1880, the Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion (College of the Immaculate Conception) was established and the first periodical The Bulletin of Cebu ("El Boletin de Cebú") began publishing in 1886. In 1898, the island was ceded to the United States after the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War. In 1901, Cebu was governed by the United States for a brief period, however it became a charter province in February 24, 1937 and was governed independently by Filipino politicians.

Cebu, being one of the most densely populated island in the Philippines, served as a Japanese base during their occupation in World War IIwhich began with the landing of Japanese soldiers in April 1942. Almost three years later in March 1945, combined Filipino and American forces landed and reoccupied the island during the liberation of the Philippines. Cebuano rebel soldiers led by an American, James Cushing is credited for the establishment of the Koga Papers which is said to have changed the American plans to retake the Philippines from Japanese occupation in 1944, by helping the United States and the Philippine Army enter Cebu in 1945. The following year the island achieved independence from colonial rule in 1946.

 

-Wikipedia-

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:22

Cebu Facts

15 Quick Facts about Cebu

Here is to get you started loving ♥ Cebu....

  1. Cebu Province consist of Cebu island and 167 other islands
  2. Total Population is 3,500,000 with Cebu City having around 800,000
  3. The major currency being use is the Philippine Peso
  4. Weather is best from December to May when its not too hot and not too wet
  5. Cebu is the 7th best island in the world according to Conde Travel Magazine
  6. The island boasts world class beaches and diving spots
  7. Number 1 tourist spot in the country
  8. People speak Cebuano( a dialect that is spoken mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao Region)
  9. English is also widely spoken.
  10. Cebu was known as Zubu or Sugbo
  11. Sinulog, probably the biggest festival in the Philippines, is celebrated every third week of January
  12. Cebu is home to the "Prisoners who danced to Michael Jackson's thriller"
  13. Colon street is the oldest street in the Philippines
  14. Fort San Pedro is the oldest and smallest tri-bastion fort in the country
  15. University of San Carlos Cebu was founded in 1595 by the Spaniards, making it the oldest University in the Philippines and in Asia.
* if you know any interesting facts about Cebu email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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