Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Visita Iglesia - The Santo Nino Church and Convent

We didn't stay long in Cebu City. What we do with a limited time is to maximize it visiting the City's tourist main attraction: The Santo Nino Church and Convent. The church is said to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. The structure islocated right in the heart of downtown Cebu City. On our way to the church  I've noticed that its akin to Manila's Quiapo, vendors were lined up on the street but its more organized.

The ancient Bell Tower is old and dingy. Grayish and dusty color shows that it has existed for a very  long time. A legacy of towering faith, Cebuanos were known as religious, Christ-centered people. Visiting this religious attaraction was mentally stimulating somehow uplifting. Its towering facade blends Muslim, Romanesque, and neo-classical architectures.

The facade is clean, made of cut coral is decorated with niches in which images of saints are placed. Inside the Sto. Nino Basilica Church is a small museum holding artifacts of different kinds of Sto. Nino's and other relics such as donations to the Sto. Nino, Sto. Nino idols, old money (from different currencies around the world), church stuff, etc.

A line at the Sto. Nino Basilica Church caught my attention. It was leading to the patron saint Sto. Nino. Falling in line gives you a chance to see the miraculous Sto. Nino to touch him or to pray to him. Candles are not allowed inside the church, however, devotees may light a candle ,drop their wishes and say their prayers in a corner around the pagoda.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tivona - Laiya, Batangas

I enjoy going to the beach and just sitting by the water and watch the waves. I prefer to relax and just take things as it is, bringing a sense of inner peace. (Click Here for related story)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cheap Accommodation in Cebu - Cebu Pensione Plaza

We prefer pensione for they are much cheaper. The pensione I usually stayed have small room not to mention small hallways.We didnt expect it to be that great for it was very cheap,so far it was the cheapest we could find, to our surprise the rooms are clean and was pretty spacious. Plus, the housekeeping staff were comfortable to talk with. 

We were accommodated in this triple sharing room with 2 A/C, Cable TV, PABX telephone System and two bathrooms. They also have laundry service. Free Breakfast at Espresso Ebay Cafe. The location is 5 mins away of malls,restaurants.

Cebu Pension Plaza
North Escario Street
Cebu City, Cebu 6000

Tel No: +63- 32- 254- 6300
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Where to Go in Cebu - Tingko Beach

Seriously, this was the cheapest place we been to when we Conquered  Cebu last December. It is 30 minutes away from my friend's hometown, Dalaguete. So, right after the the Obong Spring Experience, we then proceeded to this beautiful beach.

Tingko Beach is a public white-sand beach in Daan Lungsod, Alcoy. The KM 95 marker indicates the distance of the beach from the city. No entrance fee. Beachgoers do not have to spend a single centavo to enjoy the sand, the sun and  the sea. According to some locals, the beach can be crowded during weekends where locals and city folks, and occasionally, foreigners, flock to enjoy the gorgeous beach.

Those row of charming white houses at the end of the shoreline is a community of German Nationals who fell in love with the place and the people  adds beauty to the beach. Cottages like the above picture are available for rent. The rate ranges from Php 900 - 1500. We chose to stay at the Barangay Beach House to help the community. The rate for an overnight stay is PhP 600 (negotiable). It includes 1 bedroom that can accommodate 3-5 people, 1 bathroom, kitchen and balcony.

Tingko beach offers a kilometer shoreline of white sand and crystal clear water, wherein you can enjoy an early morning walk as you gaze up to the sunrise, dive and snorkel, read a good book, videoke, or just enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing. For me, this is a perfect spot for a photo shoot with my signature all white outfit every time I visit a place.

A complete set of cruiseuers: Jen, Jelaine, Jim, Richard singing along while Me Majal and Nathan were photo-shooting at the back.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Visita Iglesia in San Guillermo de Aquitana Church ( Dalaguete, Cebu )

Photo Credit: Dalagute Facebook Account

Season of Lent is here. Lent according to wikipedia, in the Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, repentance, almsgiving and self-denial for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A popular Holy Thursday religious tradition for catholics here in the Philippines is the Bisita Iglesia ( Church Visit). It involves visiting several churches in which the faithful would pray the Stations of the Cross in each church. Some would go as 14 churches with each church representing one station.

One of the most beautiful churches I visited so far is the historic San Guillermo de Aquitana Church in the beautiful town of Dalaguete, Cebu. The architecture of the church is Pseudo Rococo, known for its neat and simple styling. The bell tower is a massive structure that is still in use up to this day. These massive towers not only called people to prayer, the sound of its many bells announces special occasions and serve as an early warning device against attacks coming from the sea. 

I was amazed at the beauty of the painted ceiling. The detail of the hand painted ceiling is the work of Canuto Avila, who together with Ray Francia were both commissioned to paint the churches of Bohol and Cebu from 1920’s until the 30’s. The paintings were depictions of biblical scenes and Catholic symbols.

Marvelous San Guillermo de Aquitana Church at night, sits in the heart of the town facing the sea. The plaza in front of the church with scattered benches was the favorite "tambayan" of the residents and tourists because the air is fresh and the environment is clean and peaceful.  Some teenagers hanging out playing guitar and  singing when we arrived. A typical laid-back setting of a Hispanic-Filipino Poblacion.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Captivating Cebu - Obong Spring

Wondering what are the best destinations to visit in Cebu this summer? My officemates and I captured some of the best places in Cebu last December. I am pleased to show you around. First stop: Obong Spring.  It was an unplanned vacation so we don't have itinerary to follow. We just took the opportunity to avail Air Philippines promo fare and all of us  agreed to go to Cebu. One of my officemates is from Cebu so she tour-guided  us to explore the place. We headed south to her hometown, Dalaguete. 

How to get there: Obong Spring is located in the coastal Barangay of Obong in the Municipality of Dalaguete. About 2-3 hours away south of Cebu City. From Dalaguete town, we hired a tricycle going to the spring, travel time was 15 minutes.

Obong Spring is a natural spring water system which flows near the beach, you’ll see fresh water meet salt water during high tide. The brakish water was cold and clear when  I dip in.

Entrance Fees:

4 wheeler vehicle: PhP 20.00
Tricycle/Motorcycle: PhP 5.00
Adult: PhP 5.00
Children below 10 years old: Php 2.00

A mermaid sculpture and some old-aged tress gives the visitor a relaxing and enchanting ambiance. A natural pool for kids and adults. The shallow end of the pool is only two feet deep. For the wild ones, jumping off this huge rock could be fun! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Huma Island Resort - The Next Big Thing in Philippine Tourism

"Bigger than Amanpulo", that's what the insider told me. With 85 sea view villas that are promising their future guests to feel a total surrender to mother nature with services only reserved for the kings. A redefined island luxury will be opening in one of the islands in Coron, Palawan. If you worry about short summer season, save it. Huma Island Resort will soar middle of 2013. Below is the top view photo taken from their Facebook account, a tropical mansion with 24 hours service, your very own swimming lagoon with a spectacular view of the vast blue sea at  your fingertips. A spa. A promising luxury to keep and experience.

From their website, they are teasing us to have an experience of a lifetime... to find the adventures of  our life.... to awaken our spirit... to find peace and liberation... and to discover a love that is lost.. .all this can be ours! Soon....

The island resort will be having 5 different restaurants, an exposition of global cuisine that will cater to your palette, each impeccable, and uniquely owned.

Guests will arrive in paradise in unparalleled style, aboard onto a state of the art learjet, ultimate in luxury and convenience.  With highly qualified staff and FAA certified pilots, a VIP transport of business and leisure travelers.

Are y'all excited? So am I. We'll wait until this promising island resort open in 2015.

Credit to HUMA's facebook account for the pictures.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 Summer Essentials

Summer is here! It is the perfect season of the year to explore and appreciate the beauty of nature. You should have a plan to go off line and plan a summer activities to fill the gaps between. There are many activities to do! try spelunking, scuba diving, mountain climbing, sea surfing or snorkeling, strolling or camping, stargazing or book reading, go out of town. Plan your vacation ahead of time. Just take a break.

Whatever your plan is, don’t forget to bring summer's essentials:

1. Nivea Sun Block Lotion.
2. Hat
3. $$$
4. Sunglasses
5. cool dress
6. camera
7. USB for internet connection
8. phone
9. Ipod
10. Fun!Summer is sun and plenty of fun!