Let’s Go South Of The Queen City Of The South, Cebu (PART II)

It’s good to see you again. Let’s continue our  journey down south …

For those who just joined us on our south trip, you might want to check Part One of our trip too…

 

 

Last time were able to visit nine municipalities down south of Cebu . Here I continue to count some of the beautiful places one should visit just in case you settle for a vacation in Cebu.

 

 

Boljoon

Down in Boljoon you will find one of the oldest church there is in the country. The church of Patrocinio de Maria is the oldest church in Cebu and holds a great part of history. UNESCO has included the said church on its tentative list to be a part of the world heritage.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Patrocinio de Maria
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Patrocinio de Maria  Boljoon holds many historical sites within the municipality. Click on the photo to see the list.

 

 

I was able to find an area in this town a certain beach resort which has a very stunning view of the beach and mountains. It was still a work in progress when we went there. It doesn’t even have a name back then, but it is on that location across the market, and I believe it is now operating. I’ll get you the name once I find it out since I wasn’t able to visit the place again. For the meantime, down here is a photo taken from the place:

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Boljoon See that mountain at the background? The famous and my personal favorite blind curve road is located at the foot of that mountain.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Boljoon
See that mountain at the background? The famous and my personal favorite blind curve road is located at the foot of that mountain.

Since I don’t have the name of the beach resort above, here are some beach resorts and other places you can check  down in Boljoon:

 

OSLOB

An estimate 3 hour ride brings you to the town of Oslob. This place has been so popular for the past few years since Butandings or whale sharks decided to make the seas of this small town their home. It wouldn’t be a big surprise. Oslob’s water is rich in sea treasures, as it has been very known for snorkeling and diving spots.

Beach Resorts in Oslob ( there are quite a couple, I may not be able to list all of them ) :

One of the places I’ve visited in Oslob is this unique and private beach resort. Seafari Resort is easy to locate since it is just along the main road, and you would be amazed on where the actual resort sits.  As you enter the resorts premises you would notice it is on a cliff.  The reception area is on top and you need to climb down 260 steps to find the very serene and beautiful resort. You don’t have to worry about food since they have a restaurant that provides great food at a very reasonable price.  They can also help you arrange your visit to whale shark’s lair if you wish to swim and feed the gentle giants.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Seafari  Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Seafari Resort

 

Sumilon Island

Further on the southern part of Oslob is a port that brings you to the majestic island of Sumilon. In here is a private resort , Blue Water Sumilon Island, that caters both relaxation and luxury.  Dive, snorkel, kayak, relax, trek beyond the woods … all of these you can enjoy on this small, yet so enchanting island.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @  Sumilon Island This here is the island's sand bar. The island's bar changes it's location depending on the tide. This is just one of the many things you can explore in this beautiful island.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Sumilon Island
This here is the island’s sand bar. The island’s bar changes it’s location depending on the tide. This is just one of the many things you can explore in this beautiful island.

 

Little do people know that this beautiful island holds a great part of the southern Cebu’s history.  Back in the days when slavery was rampant, a certain Father Julian Bermejo led a couple of towns in the southern part of Cebu to prevent unwanted guests to enter their towns. People of Argao, Oslob, Dalaguete and Boljoon helped each other to win this battle over slavery. Remember that church in Boljoon? That there was one of the greatest architecture created during those times and yes, it was led still by Fr. Bermejo. Watch towers were located in certain areas, including in Sumilon Island.

 

 

Santander

At the tip of southern Cebu is Santander. This is where you would find Liloan port. It is here where you can hop on a ferry for around a 30 minute ride to the province of Dumaguete, Negros Oriental.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Eden Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Eden Resort

Here you can also find many beach resorts. One that has been my favorite is the Eden Resort. With their serenity pool that faces Negros Oriental,  the pool gives you a beautiful scenery of the sea and the mountains.

Other places you could visit  in Santander, Cebu are :

 

Toledo

Going back up a bit on the western part of Cebu, parallel to Talisay is the City of Toledo. Toledo is known for its mining industry but a little knows about some beautiful spots in this area.

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort

One is this place in Lutopan, Toledo called the Spring Park Mountain Resort.  The source of water for the swimming pools are the springs around the area, as the name of the place implies. I need to warn you though, it is not a kind of place you would want to stay if you are on a romantic getaway or the like. The place is quite big and luscious trees are everywhere, which is actually a good thing since it shows that the place is all about being one with nature. But if you would imagine yourself on this place, let’s say not on peak months, being here alone or with a friend or your significant other, it is just creepy (I can’t find another word for it, I’m sorry). I would recommend this for group outings or rest and recreations and team building since it could accommodate large groups.

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort

But if you are the adventurous type, you can go there by yourself, by all means 🙂

It was not long ago when another place called The Ranch Resort opened in Toledo. It has a western / cowboy theme resort which is pretty neat. Aside from their swimming pools they have horseback riding, the mid air obstacle course  and mini zoo.

Pinamungajan

A few years back I found myself in the far mountain area of Pinamungajan. I’m describing it as far since it is REALLY far. From the main road we needed to go up a steep road to reach this beautiful place (and it is worth it) . I remember recommending this to some friends, and on their way there they were appalled as to how far it was that they were starting to hate me for letting them go there. But when they got to the place, they changed their thoughts and were happy they had a chance to visit the place.

The Hidden Valley Mountain Resort is located in Lamac, Pinamungajan. It is really far from the main road so I wouldn’t recommend this for those you are planning to have a relaxing day off from work. I would suggest if you are planning to visit the place, settle for an overnight stay. Around 5-6 am when the fog covers mostly the area, the sight is just breathtaking .  From the view deck you can watch the stunning sight of the mountain and the view stretches to the sea. This place is ideal for group outings since their rooms are intended for big groups – and it’s quite affordable.  Always call up for reservation, because you wouldn’t want to travel all the way there just to be told that they are fully booked.

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Hidden Valley Resort Pinamungahan
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Hidden Valley Resort Pinamungajan

 

 

 Moalboal

 

I have been a couple of times in Bas daku, Moalboal and I’d never be weary of going back there, even if I am asked to go there every month. If you are a beach bum like me, I believe you would agree with me.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Moalboal
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Moalboal

This town takes pride havings  its gifted sea and astounding beach. To look at the white sand on its long beach line and the marvelous blue waters, gives quite a relaxing sight.  In spite of the fact that beach resorts are being built and cottages are almost everywhere, Bas Daku, Moalboal remains to have its beautiful shore untouched.

There are a lot of tourist inns and resorts where you can check in at Moalboal. Here are some you can check out if you are a planning to spend a night at Moalboal:

 

Pescador island

 

Pescador Island is a 30 minute boat ride from Moalboal. It is a rock island, thus it has no shoreline. Pescador Island is a favorite spot for diving and snorkling. If you are lucky enough, you might just even catch a glimpse of some dolphins around.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Pescador Island Pescador island is said to be home to more than 2,000 species of fish.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Pescador Island
Pescador island is said to be home to more than 2,000 species of fish.

 

 

 

Badian

 

Badian is well known for Kawasan Falls. After an estimated 1.5 kilometer trail walk you will be welcomed by the sight of the first and the largest waterfalls. With the hieght of 40 meters the first waterfall of Kawasan is usually the  most visited waterfalls in the area. For those who are up for more hike, you can go up for another 15 minute trek to the second waterfall, and another few minute walk and you’ll find the third.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Kawasan Falls, Badian In here you can see the first waterfalls that drops from a height of 40 meters.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Kawasan Falls, Badian
In here you can see the first waterfall that drops from a height of 40 meters.

 

 

Badian is not only about Kawasan Waterfalls. Here are some stops you might want to consider on your visit to Badian:

 

 Alegria

Alegria is a town gifted by Mother nature. Treasures like Mt. Lanaya and the Kitara and Cambais falls are just a few of what tourists drive their way to this far part of Cebu. I have driven passed this town a couple of times but have had visited this town only once.

alegriaMakatang Lakwatsera @ Batong Malunhaw, Alegria
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Batong Malunhaw, Alegria

Alegria is a simple quiet town (or at least it was back then when I visited it).  Me and my family spent a night at Batong Malunhaw Beach Resort. Rooms here are very cheap and you can freely use their kitchen and  swimming pool. It is a very nice place to stay for mere relaxation and some bonding moments with your family.

I’ve searched the web about more places to check in Alegria and I did find a couple of places you can feed to your adventurous side:

 

 

This ends out trip, for now. I know, I know there are more to see down south of Cebu.  We will explore them very soon. For the mean time, check your schedule. Leave no vacant hour. They say summer is about to end, but really, when does summer end? After May? In the middle of June when the rain starts to fall? What if the rain won’t fall on June? And besides, why let the end of summer end our fun? Weekends are there whole year round. Make use of them. Start checking the list you have created during our south bound virtual tour. Who knows? We might bump into each other on your next trip.

You think I missed out a place on one of our stops? Do you know a place in one of the towns we just toured? Share about it and post it below. I would totaly appreciate it!

 

 

 

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Let’s go South of the Queen City of the South, Cebu (Part I)

For some reason, summer became at par with the words beach, pool, vacation, adventure and the list could go on depending on who would write it down.

As for me, summer is everything and it could take you everywhere. So let me give you a list of those places you might want to visit if you are from Cebu or if you are planning to visit Cebu.

These places on this list are located south of Cebu. Travel time runs at least 30 mins to 5 hours from Cebu City. It would depend on your mode of transportation : if you have a private ride or you are more adventurous (has a lot of time to spend) and decided to take a bus. A few places are possible to reach via cab or even the public transport, but for some, better just hop on a bus at the south bus terminal and your good to go.

 

I have photos and you might want to click on them to check further details about the place or to see their Facebook pages (if I can locate one for the place).

 

 

 TALISAY

Talisay has couple of resort and it is very accessible from Cebu City.

 

Let me see:

 

Makatang Lakwatsera , Coco Maldita, Tabunok, Talisay , Philippines, Cebu
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Coco Maldita
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This photo here was taken at Coco Maldita Resort. Located at Biasong,Talisay, this resort has a medium size swimming pool (depends on your sizing standard, the one they have fell on my “medium sized pool”). The beach is accessible but it is not the fanciest that you might want to expect. This place is best for reunions or get together since you don’t have to travel far and is down right cheap. (Prices and rates may vary (o”,o)/)

 

 

 

MINGLANILLA

 

This place is said to have the cheapest  large puso (steamed rice wrapped in coconut leavesdown south, so most people stop  by the market in Minglanilla to buy some before they go to some other places down south. There are also a couple of resorts you might want check here in Minglanilla. Let me list them down:

 

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Makatang Lakwatsera @ Tubod Flowing Waters Resort
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If you are planning to have an exclusive pool party or event with limited guest, I suggest you check Circa La Playa Resort. But If you are planning to have a big event, a reunion or you just want to take a dip with your group of friends, you can take a pick from the other three resorts.

Above is a photo of  a pool at Tubod Flowing waters.The resort  has many facilities such as basket ball court, massage Rx ( that’s what they call it), butterfly sanctuary and the last time I went there, they have a bird sanctuary.  Overnight and day use are available.

 

 

NAGA

 

Naga’s Baywalk has become a  favorite spot for a lot of  locals and from those nearby municipalities. I should know, I go there a lot. You can have picnic with friends, do some jogging around the area, have a drink or eat from the food stalls – there’s just so many things to do around the Baywalk. There is even a badminton area!

 

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Makatang Lakwatsera @ Naga City’s Baywalk
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Makatang Lakwatsera’s Friend Lowella @ Villa Dulce Resort
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If you are from Pangdan,Naga or anywhere nearby Pangdan, and you wanted to have a weekend pool party, you don’t really have to go to other towns to set it up. There is this place called Villa Dulce. It is a resort with two swimming pools  surrounded by the beautiful mountain view that stands across where the resort sits.

 

 

SAN FERNANDO

 

Recently, swimming pools and beach resorts are opening around San Fernando. As far as I am concerned, there used to be 3: Pulchra Resort, Villa-Man Beach Resort (the public beach resort in the area) and the Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort.

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Makatang Lakwatsera @ Hidden Paradise Resort
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New resorts in San Fernando, Cebu:

 

Carcar

If you want to see the largest market of LECHON, you would want to visit Carcar. I mean, literally. It is like a wet market but what you’ll see are those large (and I mean really BIG) whole roasted pork. As owners and vendors shout at you to try their lechon, they give you samples. I don’t know if they do it everyday, but when I visited the market, almost everyone was letting us have a taste of their specialty. Carcar is also well known for their chicharon (pork cracklings),  ampao and those sweet and colored bukayo.

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Makatang Lakwatsera @ Rotunda ng Carcar
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You’ll know you’ve reached Carcar if you pass by the Rotunda. You would see people selling Carcar’s delicacies nearby so you don’t have to worry about your pasalubongs.

I haven’t been to any resort in Carcar, I haven’t heard of one either. If you do know about one, I’d appreciate it if you’ll leave a comment and tell us about it. If I know about one soon, I’ll have you guys updated. 🙂

 

Sibunga

 

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Makatang Lakwatsera @ Sibunga
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I know I should have a better photo to show you than this. I can’t find my set of files for this specific place. But of course I can’t skip this one. 

 

Sibunga is the home of the Birhen ng Simala or  Mary of Simala. Specifically located at Lingdongon, Sibunga, the Church of Simala sits on top of a mountain where people visit to see the miraculous figure of the Virgin Mary. Inside the church you will see the numerous thank you notes, books, photos, crutches, wheel chairs and so many things to express gratitude by devotees to Mother Mary. I myself left a certain book a week after I passed the board exam. People line up, and usually overflows the church – specially on Mary’s feast days, to pray, give thanks and ask for guidance.  Religious or not, you should visit the place.

 

 

ARGAO

 

I ‘ve seen the place a couple of times, usually during educational tours down south.  Back then I didn’t know that the place  had a pool inside.

Riverstone Castle is a unique place you would want to visit. Pretend like Sansa Stark and walk around the castles corridors or be like Harry Potter and hide at the dungeons. It has a pool you can swim all night and you can be all royalty by playing at the garden.  It’s a very nice place to spend overnight with friends and family. You wouldn’t want to share ghost stories while you’re here at night. It is freakishly dark outside and no houses or establishments nearby. 😉  You’re going to be trapped in an overnight scare if you don’t have car with you. So better keep the scary stories after you check out of the place.

 

You should also not miss to try Argao’s torta. It’s authentically Argao’s specialty and they’re quite known for it. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll see the difference of any other torta cake.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Riverstone Castle, Argao © 2014 They Dream Publishing. All rights
Makatang Lakwatsera with cousins & niece@ Riverstone Castle, Argao
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Dalaguete

There are many places you can hang out or stay for an overnight escapade in Dalaguete.  Two places happens to be my personal favorite.

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Makatang Lakwatsera @ Dakong Bato Resort
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Dakong Bato Resort is easy to locate as it is just along the main road of Dalaguete. Their room are quite spacious and comes in cheap rates. Their restaurant serves good food and even has a karaoke bar. With two swimming pools and of course the beach, you wouldn’t ran out of things to do. You can go kayaking or water biking and they even have a caving activities ( this I haven’t tried though) .  If you are the kind of person who prefers to sit back and relax the view, you can stay in their viewing deck or sit at their swing in the mini garden that faces the ocean (I love that view).

 

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Makatang Lakwatsera @ Obong Spring
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Obong Spring is also located in Dalaguete. Surrounding it are Dalakit trees, to which the municipality’s name was said to be derived from. Big rocks , tall trees,cold spring… The view of these attracts both local and foreign visitors to stay for a picnic or for a swim.  You wouldn’t miss this place. Just before you arrive Alcoy, a signage to this area is visible from the main road. With just 10 pesos (which I hope hadn’t changed), packed lunch and a couple of friends, you weekend getaway is all solved.

 

Alcoy

Alcoy is one my favorite places down south of Cebu.  It’s fine white sand and crystal blue-turquoise waters is so captivating a day around the beach is just not enough for me. Visit Tingko Beach, it’s everybody’s favorite.  Bring in some roasted pork belly, a few bottles of beer, 50 pieces of puso – match it with some reggae music to sing along with friends and you will have some great day sitting on the sand under a coconut tree in  Tingko.

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Makatang Lakwatsera watches her friends ran around Tingko Beach
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There is this one place you want to stop by to dine. I can’t really remember when was the first time I’ve heard of the name BBB (Bodos Bamboo Bar )Resort and Restaurant but I’ve always wanted to visit it. So when I had a chance to do so, I took photos of almost every corner and every dish we had. The food was great, price was reasonable and their staff were very nice.

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Makatang Lakwatsera sneak peek  @ BBB Resort and Restaurant
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The list does not stop here. There is more to come.

Check out here the second part of our south bound virtual tour.