Paradise on earth – Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa

A dream vacation on an exotic oriental island could take you to the Mactan Island in the Philippines. This is one of the little islands close to Cebu, a province in the Philippines. And nothing can compare to the magic of staying in the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. The phrase ‘a paradise on earth’ would aptly describe this five-star resort. It is situated in the city of Lapu-Lapu, which is connected to the mainland, Cebu, by two bridges, one being the Mactan-Mandane Bridge, and the other, the Marcelo-Fernan Bridge. Lapu-Lapu has an interesting history because it is linked with the famous Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan had gone to these islands to colonize it. In 1521, he was killed by Lapu-Lapu, the chieftain of the island. The Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa is set in luxuriant green tropical surroundings spread over 13 acres of land. The hotel has 530 suites and guest rooms which are unparalleled for the comfort they afford. Their motto seems to be ‘Go Green’ since all furniture is made of rattan and abaca and capiz. The rooms offer amazing views of the azure blue oceans and the marine sanctuary all around. The crowning glory is […]

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The Other Side of Cebu City: A Premier Business District

The Queen City of the South is surely a premier destination not only for tourists but also for entrepreneurs and consumers. It is perhaps the second most populous metropolitan in the whole Philippines and for a good reason — it is a significant hub for commerce, trade, tourism and education in the Visayas. Cebu City is just one part of the entire Metro Cebu. Its closest neighbours are not to be underestimated though as they have become aggressive in the aforementioned arenas lately. It is of no doubt that more and more investors are looking into establishing businesses in the city with its flourishing economic landscape and attractive geographical location. Whether you are a savvy expat-slash-aspiring-entrepreneur or an average Filipino consumer, you wouldn’t want to miss the good things this place has to offer. Just take a look at these famed commercial centres: Colon Street The crowded street in the downtown area was once a thriving and opulent area where the earliest conquistadores established their money-making ventures. Colon Street is dubbed as the oldest and shortest national road in the Philippines. We owe its name to one of the greatest historical figures in the planet, the navigator Christopher Colombus. Right […]

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Jeepney Route Codes in Cebu

Before the war, Filipinos use Karatela or Kalesa to go around cities, same thing in Cebu but the locals call this tartanilla. These tartanillas used to be found in Sanciangko, Leon Kilat and Trese de Abril streets but now there are just too few of them left which we can sometimes notice near Carbon or in the Freedom Park. After the war, Filipinos found ways to simply make use of the US army vehicles left, we salvaged them, modified them during that time, added 2 bench at the back to be able to carry more people, usually 8 on each sides. In smaller towns of Cebu, there are trikes and pedicabs which are the usual mode of transportation. Trikes or Tricycles, powered by kasawaki motorbikes, can accommodate 4 people in the sidecar and two at the back of the driver’s seat. If you are to commute in Cebu to save your cash than catching a taxi cab which will cost more. Here are some of the list of codes to circumvent the city.

Jeepney Route Codes in Cebu

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Camotes Island

They say the reason why the waters in Camotes island turned very salty these days is due to the thousands of Korean tourists visiting each month. So imagine how hostile can the volume be if they all pee on the shore. I suggest you guys visit Camotes island before its too late and lose its charm. There is a theory that Camotes is actually where the battle of the great conquistador Ferdinand Magellan and Philippines first Freedom fighter Lapu-Lapu took place. The confusion started in early 70s during the discovery of artifacts in “Mactang”, a place in Poro island of Camotes. Philippine history is a mess like they say and this is just what my adventure had turned out in Camotes. The easiest way to reach Camotes is to take a bus ride going to Danao Port and from there you can avail barge tickets to Consuelo, Camotes. You can buy tickets in advance in Kimwa Construction in Subangdako, Mandaue City or call (032) 346-0421. You will see lots of interesting place along the way like the century old church in font of Danao Port, you might wanna say your prayers and ask for safety and make the captain realize […]

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Sugar Beach Resort in Bantayan Island

Did you ever wonder why they call the resort “Sugar Beach”? I did got this info from an insider that if you’ll taste the sand on the resort, it would be the sweetest sand on earth. But don’t silly, you wouldn’t want to literally eat sands. One tangible proof of these are the ants living there. Most ants don’t go near sandy areas due to ant-lion threats but herein sugar beach they are everywhere. The last time I was in Bantayan Island, I didn’t encounter attacks from jellies, but this time a huge one caught me from the back and its the most painful thing I’ve ever experience in my entire life. I’m glad my willy is fine. One unfortunate chick I saw cried for help when she saw the marks near her boobs. It may sound very OA but really its true, imagine being attack by whole bunch of these jellies at once and you’ll probably curse the day you went to Bantayan Island. One story told by the staff that a local tourist actually died because of jelly fish attack and on investigation he attempt to dive into the water to refresh but then because he was drunk […]

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Taboan Dried Fish Market

Many years ago before I migrated here in Cebu City, my cousin and I visited the place they call Taboan. Taboan is by all accounts one of the best market to buy “danggit“, a delicacy here in Cebu which is best for breakfast. We went there and bought kilos of danggit and when we’re done, I hailed a cab and we get inside. The cab driver’s face shows disgust in responce to the foul smell we acquire from the market. I asked how awful we smell, he said he could terribly taste it through his crewing gum. Its a serious reason why people, particularly my cousin don’t go to Taboan. This dried fish market could be nasty but the rewards can be spectacular apart that danggit in this market is cheaper, it also taste satisfying especially the unsalted ones. Danggit and dried squid is what I usually bring as “pasalubong”. Taboan Market is somewhere near the Carbon Market you certainly can get there with a cab or these horse-drawn carriages which lined up right beside the Freedom Park, they’d be visible when you’re there. I have to say, its very nice to get back to the very basic means of […]

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