Cebu ... Queen City of the South


I recently went back to my hometown with FM. I was very excited about this trip because it was the first time that I was going to explore my own province. Yes, I was a tourist for 3 days in my own hometown. This is Day 1 of our trip to Cebu.

First stop, Sto. Nino Church and Magellan's Cross. Magellan's Cross is one of the most famous tourist spots in Cebu for inside the wood carving is the authentic and actual cross that Ferdinand Magellan stuck on the sand when he first set foot in the Philippines.

The candles you see below are the ones lighted by the dancing prayer ladies who would pray for your family or any wish that you may have. This is an old tradition that stems from the Spanish era where you pay someone a small fee to pray for your wishes or the soul of a departed love one.

As for the church, it is one of the oldest in Cebu and houses one of the most "miraculous" Sto Nino's in the country. The structure alone is worth taking photos of and the history, worth learning.






At night, we went to Larsian, a food market that sells only grilled food and pu-so. Pu-so is hanging rice and is covered in banana leaf. I ate Soriso which is one of Cebu's best delicacies.

yummy soriso
pu-so
FM and I with the kids

Our first day was very relaxing. We did not go around that much but we sure had fun. We saw some sights and savored the food. For that, I bow to the queen city of the South, Cebu. 

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28 comments:

  1. Wow...I didn't know Cebu is a hometown for you. Very nice post, Ate K. =)

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  2. I also didn't know that you were from Cebu Ate Kenny! But I'm glad you had fun! I hope I could get to visit Cebu soon :)

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  3. too bad na there's no larsian anymore... :(
    good to know you're from cebu too, ate kathy! see you around then. :)

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    1. huh? There is. I was just there last weekend.

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  4. I also like the food in Larsian. Actually, I like Cebu as a whole as it has nice beaches, great historical sites and a cosmopolitan atmosphere,

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  5. Hope you get to go to some beaches here and write about 'em ;)

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  6. I wonder where in Cebu where I saw a Cherry Blossom tree. It was a food market too serving grilled and pu-so as well.

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    1. don't Cherry Blossoms grow in Japan only? They need cold diba?

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  7. Wow! the 'puso' :-) It must be charming to tour one's own province. Cebu does look grand in youtube clips. I have visited only once.

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  8. Oh from where in Cebu are you Kathy? Your baby is so cute! Was that a jump shot that he made in front of the church?

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    1. Yep, that was a failed jump shot. Hahaha. I'm from Alaska Mambaling.

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  9. I always wanted to go to Cebu but I never had a good chance to do so. Kaya pagpupunta ako sa Cebu, talagang lilibutin ko ito. :)

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  10. it's been 2 months now, i really missed the place! :(

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  11. I've been wanting to go to Cebu since college because this place has a very rich culture. Just in case I'll make sure to drop by Larsian.

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  12. I love Cebu! It's actually where Ray and I got together. Hehehe. We should really save up to be able to go back and explore it some more. :)

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    1. You really should! Wow ... nakakatuwa naman, got together in Cebu and proposal in Hongkong. Saan ang kasal? Sa Maldives? Haha

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  13. I've been to Cebu but we just toured it for probably 3 hours as we just waited for our plane ride back to Manila.

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  14. Cebu is nice...but you know what...it has no sidewalks! hahaha. Everytime I go there, I have to walk on the street...nakakatakot ha! bicycles could sideswipe you.

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  15. Welcome back to your hometown Cebu. Something has changed from your hometown since you left it?

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  16. I have always considered Cebu as my 2nd home.

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  17. I have always considered Cebu as my 2nd home. :-)

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  18. Oh Cebu!
    and ur with FM!
    excited nako tuloy. ;)

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  19. Been to Cebu 2x and I don't forget to bring home danggit and their also famous soriso :)

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  20. Never been to CEBU but it's one place in the Philippines that I wish to visit someday...
    Actually, I wish to go there soon.

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