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6 Things I Love About Cebu

I remember my first time in Boracay, my cousin said “I could live here forever.” I couldn’t, even though I love the beach, because I’m a city girl at heart. Over conversation with friends, we were talking about places we’d be okay to relocate to and mine was Cebu and Davao. It’s the perfect compromise! You still have the city life and the beach is just a drive away. Pwede!

1. Church and Covenant of Sto. Niño and Magellan’s Cross

They’re part of the tourist route and I’m glad we visited. There was an overwhelming sense of devotion when we were in the Church. I personally actually don’t like taking photos inside the Church because I think it’s inappropriate sometimes. So I usually just take a few photos. Magellan’s Cross is right behind the Church. Guys, take in a sip of history! It’s good to know where we came from. When we were there, there were foreigners visiting the cross too.

2. (Cheap) Food!

Talk about Cebu prices with Manila portions of food! One of the places we really loved was Formo. It’s actually a bar/club but we loved their food.

My food shots aren’t great but the food really was!

3. City + Beach Life rolled into one

You're one or two rides away from the beach, how can you go wrong with that? Wait, not just 1 beach but you have so many to choose from! We ended up going to Bantayan Island though 1 mistake we made was deciding to stay there just overnight. Hahaha Travel to the island is around 5 – 6 hours so when we got there at 3 or 4 PM, we were so tired already. It was also pretty gloomy when we went so we weren’t able to see the real beauty of the island. Just gives us more reason to come back!

We stayed at Kota Beach Bantayan which was okay for our budget.

4. Island Banca Cruises

From the brains behind Island Souvenirs come the Island Banca cruises. We allotted one day for this. Owee and i had one of the steadiest day. It was relaxing, beautiful and everything we needed! It was a level-up island hopping experience. Wwwiiihhh! We took the Gilutungan - Cao-uy- Pandanon package. From the site:

"Gilutungan Marine Sanctuary is a great destination for snorkeling, fish feeding and kayaking. The sanctuary boasts of a wide variety of reef fish and different kinds of hard and soft corals. Cao-uy is a popular lunch destination in Olango Island, it is an area you can find restaurants on stilts. Here, they serve the "freshest catch of the day" seafood, ranging from a variety of fish dishes, shellfishes, squids, crabs, to name a few. Pandanon Island, on the other hand is a lovely white sandbar where you can relax, swim, sunbathe, kayak, or maybe just laze around under the shade."

It was the vacation from heaven! I STRONGLY recommend everyone to try this. What I love about the service:
- comfy travelling from one island to the other
- we were sleeping during transit, no worries
- when snorkeling, a crew member would be watching you the whole time
- we felt like we owned the boat haha
- the food was good
- the crew were very warm and friendly

5. Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency

I have a semi-fear of heights so doing this was a big deal for me. So for my birthday in 2009, the theme was pushing my fear with this Sky Experience and the G-Max experience in Singapore. Haha

That being said, Owee and I really wanted to try this. Thank god we have the same level of braveness and cowardice, perfect partners! Haha

6. Debbie and Gus Palao, and their niece Kae Batiquin

Debbie is an accomplished and talented furniture designer from Cebu. Besides that, she’s an exceptional person. I met Debbie, Gus and Kae through “work” in 2009. Debbie was chosen as one of our subjects for Mulat, an exhibit I was a part of. So we flew to Cebu to meet her and to photograph her. Gus, her husband, and Kae are part of the company. They welcomed us when we came and we instantly felt like family. We spent an early morning with them shooting and had breakfast in their beautiful home. They all had such great energy that the vibe was so easy, relaxed and the conversation flowed.

I remember when we entered Debbie’s showroom, we were like children in a candy store. We loved so many of her creations. We kept touching the furniture feeling the textures and trying to figure out what they were made of.

That chair was my favorite! Can you believe those cylindrical things are bamboo? They're usually discarded but Debbie found a way to use them. You can actually take out the bamboo to rearrange the design. Oh, and it's really comfy!

Owee and I were in agreement, we would own a Debbie Palao piece one day!

We originally wanted to stay for 2 weeks to be able to really explore Cebu. There is so much more to Cebu that we haven’t been able to see and explore. When should I schedule my next Cebu trip? Camotes, Malapasuca, Moalboal anyone? Haha

* Additional photos from Debbie's website.
A producer by profession, Rica De Ramos is an over-packing pop culture sponge with a penchant for food, travel, fashion and everything lifestyle related. Though often mistaken for a foreigner (Hey Joe!), she's proudly Pinay.

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