Sunday, June 17, 2012

Visiting the Queen Part 1

Last May 31 until June 3, my friend and I went at Cebu. Our flight to Cebu was originally booked on June 1 but we decided to buy another ticket with an earlier date since it would be cheaper to buy a new one than to rebook our flight.

We flew to Cebu on the evening of May 31 and stayed at Express Inn-Pajo, Lapu-Lapu for a night. The Hotel staffs were respectful and friendly. The room was organized although the flooring didn’t have any tiles. Toiletries were available. Bathroom was clean. My only comment was the location – not accessible to the main road, even the taxi driver didn’t know how to go there. We even called the hotel and let the staff talk to the driver and give instructions on how to get to Express Inn. Anyway, our room reservation came in with free breakfast. Food was okay.

Our room, priced at 880 per night
Free Continental breakfast
 We left Express Inn after eating breakfast and went straight to Mactan Shrine with all our bags. We didn’t want to go back to Express Inn as we thought we could save time. Mactan Shrine, if I would remember was more or less 30 minutes away from Express Inn. We just took a few shots with the Lapu-Lapu monument on the background.




 From Mactan Shrine, my friend and I went straight to SM Cebu to have our lunch.  We originally planned to leave our bags at SM and go straight to CnT across the mall.  Iiwan na sana namin yung mga gamit namin kaso aside sa may bayad ang deposit ng bags, ang daming tao kaya pinagtyagaan na lang namin bitbitin yung mga gamit namin. Pagdating sa CnT, may available chairs pero ang daming tao. 

 
If you're planning to have your lunch at CnT across SM Cebu, I suggest to come earlier than 11 AM so you would not be spending so much time waiting to get your Cebu Lechon. My friend and I were so hungry that we just decided to leave and eat at SM. Meron din naman na CnT sa may Supermarket kaso kulang sa chairs and yung mga tao na gusto rin makaupo halos tumayo na sa mismong tabi mo habang binabantayan kang matapos. Instead of taking a seat in front of CnT, my friend and I decided to stand while we eat our lunch.

Cebu Lechon!!!!!! 
puso (rice)  

From SM Cebu, we hailed a cab going to Sampaguita Suites where we stayed for the rest of our trip.  We chose to stay at Sampaguita Suites-Plaza Garcia because we could walk to a few famous Cebu landmarks - Magellan's Cross, Basilica del Sto. Nino, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro.




Upon arriving at Sampaguita Suites, my friend and I left our things at our room, changed our clothes and went out to visit the nearby landmarks.

First Stop: Plaza Independencia


The park was clean and well- maintained ( in all fairness).  There were only a few people roaming around when we got there.  Across the plaza was the Fort Santiago of Cebu called Fort San Pedro. 


We paid 30.00 for the entrance fee.  Mas nauna ko pang mapuntahan ang Fort San Pedro kesa sa Fort Santiago (*laughs*).  Seriously, I haven't been to Fort Santiago. I've gone to Intramuros just once and never again.  There were a lot of tourists when we got inside.



Fort San Pedro was just small. Actually, you wouldn't see a lot of artifacts inside. There was a mini museum though, but,  what would make you think that it was part of history was its architecture.  By how it looked like, you would already have an idea that Fort San Pedro was a military defence structure built by the Spaniards.  According to History, Fort San Pedro was built under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. 




From Fort San Pedro, we walked going to Magellan's Cross, but along the way, we passed by the Malacanang sa Sugbo or the official residence of the President in the Visayas which was restored by the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2004. 



It was not a long walk from Malacanang sa Sugbo to Magellan's Cross. 

It's hard to take a picture without other tourists on the background.  People would always gather around this landmark. 


Beside the Magellan's Cross was another landmark - Basilica del Sto. Nino. A mass was on-going when we got to the church so we decided to go straight to Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, which was just (I think) a street away from Basilica.


From Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, we took a cab going to Ayala Center and ate at Casa Verde. 


We ordered for their best seller: Brian's ribs (208.00).  When my order was served I didn't have any doubts why my friend Mai (budgetbiyahera.com) and a few travel bloggers who have been to Cebu recommended this place.  Promise! Ang laki ng serving, sobrang sulit ng bayad. Itigil muna ang diet kung kakain ka nito *winks*


To burn some calories from our heavy dinner, we strolled around.  Ayala Center or The Terraces was beautiful at night. The place, for me, was the Cebu version of Greenbelt but the stores at The Terraces were more affordable than the boutiques found at Greenbelt.



We went back at Sampaguita Suites by 9 PM as we knew that our second day at Cebu would be loaded with more sites to see.

..to be continued

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