Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Visiting the Queen: Day Tour

Before our trip to Cebu, my friend and I planned to hire a taxi for our daytour. I searched the net about it and found about Danny Noy Taxi. There were contact numbers posted on the internet so my friend tried sending him our inquiry, luckily, he replied.  His day tour would cost 2,000 and his itinerary included Cebu's famous landmarks - Magellan's Cross, Basilica del Sto Niño and Museo Sugbo to name a few.

Since our accommodation was just located across Magellan's Cross and Basilica del Sto. Niño and walking distance from Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia, we asked if we could create our own itinerary.  Danny Noy agreed to all the places we mentioned.  We were supposed to go to Marian Hills at Sibonga, Cebu but it would cost us 3,000. Aside from that, we thought that going to Sibonga would take 2 hours per way so we thought of just looking for other churches that we could visit that were located within the city.

Our day tour started at 8:30 am.  Danny Noy was not the one who toured us around.  According to my friend's sister who also used Danny Noy's service, dispatcher daw si Kuya Danny Noy kaya tinatawagan nya yung iba pang drivers siguro just in case na hindi siya available.  Our driver (during our daytour) was Kuya Danny, sabi nya nagulat nga daw sya na bigla siyang tinwagan ni tukayong Danny niya para mag day tour.  

First Stop: Cebu Heritage Monument 

Some of Cebu's historical events have been depicted in the structure.

We left the place after taking a few shots. Marami pang pupuntahan.  

Yap - San Diego Ancestral House 

You have to pay 50.00 upon entrance.  The caretaker of the house informed us that we could take pictures inside (with or without the camera's flash).  He also served as our tour guide as we go around.  He also shared that the owners of the house still visit their ancestral home once in a while.  

Casa Gorordo Museum 

We didn't go inside. We just took pictures on the museum's facade.

Museo Sugbo 
There would be a 30.00 entrance fee.

Inside, there were several rooms and the artifacts that you could see there have been divided per room, per era. Museo Sugbo summarizes the History of Cebu.  Historically, the place to be a carcel or provincial jail before it became a museum. 

Aside from the museums in the city, we also visited different churches:

Asilo de Milagrosa 
location: Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 
location: N. Escario, Cebu City

Guadalupe Parish Church 
location: Guadalupe, Cebu City

Our Lady of Guadalupe ( Langub Shrine) 
location: Brgy Kalunasan, Cebu City

A Cebu trip wouldn't complete without visiting a famous tourist spot located at the posh Beverly Hills Subdivision..Taoist Temple ( no entrance fee / open to worshipers and non worshipers) 

As you park your vehicle, the guard would be giving you a paper containing a few reminders.  Silence would always be a must inside the temple.  You could take pictures of the temple's facade but make sure not to take a photo inside the temple as a sign of respect to the worshipers.

According to a few blogs, the temple has 81 steps which represents the 81 scriptures of Taoism, some said it has 99 steps.  Hindi ko na nabilang, concern na lang namin yung mag picture. 

If you're planning to visit the Taoist Temple, I suggest that you bring flats, slippers or whatever footwear you're comfortable wearing. I came prepared for this, buti na lang yung rubber sandals ang sinuot ko, but I guess, kung enjoy ka naman sa ginagawa mong trip, di mo na mapapansin kung gaano kataas yung temple :) 

Our last stop was at Tops.  Yes, according to many, overrated na ang Tops. Honestly, there was nothing much to see aside from the overlooking Cebu City and Mactan. There was nothing much to enjoy there aside from the view, pero bilang tourist nga, pinuntahan pa rin namin. May entrance fee na 100.00 (may kamahalan hindi ba?) 

From Tops, we asked Kuya Danny to bring us to Shamrock so we could bring home Cebu's Famous Otap. 
Dinala din kami ni Kuya sa pabrika ng dried mangoes where a pack of Mango Strip was priced at 38.00

After the tour, my friend and I attended the 5:30 PM anticipated mass at Basilica del Sto Niño.

For others, their Cebu trip would be composed of a day tour and island hopping, but as for me and for my friend, we'd rather visit landmarks within the city as we already have our own summer getaways before this trip.  We've been to Boracay this summer but with different set of friends.  Many said that Cebu was just like Manila. Yes, it was like Manila but only in some ways. Sa Manila, kahit 7 PM doon pa lang dadating yung mga tao sa kalsada, pero sa Cebu, by 7 PM unti-unti na nagsasara yung mga tindahan at nagiging tahimik na ulit ang kalsada. Sulit ang daytour namin, good deal yung 2,000 ni Danny Noy. 



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