2 days & 1 night: DIY at Cebu (Sumilon Island w/ Simala sidetrip + City Tour)
It’s been 6 months since we last went to Cebu. Thoughts of writing about our trip never really came into my mind because all I wanted to do from that moment was to enjoy and celebrate my father’s birthday. We only stayed over the weekend and chose a few activities that is suitable for his age. Look who suddenly felt the urge to write about her 3 days & 2 nights trip? Guess it’s me!
I was feeling nostalgic as I looked through our 2018 travel photos. Lucky are those people who got to stay longer at this beautiful province. I promise to be back again and make this blog more informative in the near future. For now, let me share to you our itinerary for 2 days! Enjoy reading!
Day 1: Sumilon Island, Simala Church + Carcar
PHP 1500.00/head every weekday
PHP 2000.00/head every weekends
Entering the resort is quite expensive especially if you are on a budget. Most people usually chartered a boat from the Oslob Whaleshark Area and visit the sandbar which is a lot cheaper. Little did they know that Sumilon Island has a lot more to offer than that. If I had the chance to come back, I would definitely love to be here again. We only got to stay from 9:30-1:30. And, it’s far by the worst decision that I’ve made.
Tip: If you want to visit 8 destinations in one day, you can choose Oslob Whaleshark Watching then chartered a boat going to Sumilon Sandbar for only PHP 1500.00/12 pax. In the afternoon, you may opt to visit Tumalog Falls. After your tour at one of the most tallest falls in the Philippines, you may hire a tricycle going to Cuartel, Church of Immaculate Conception and Baluarte Ruins. Doing a DIY tour is really easy because these places are just close to each other!
2. Simala Shrine
Simala Shrine is a religious and miraculous church located at Lindogon, Sibonga, Cebu. Not only the Catholic Devotees are welcome to visit the place, but also tourist from all over the world can go here. Outside you will witness a beautiful architectures and sculptures, while inside were different stories of answered prayers posted in the wall. It is believe to heal sickness and grant your wishes. From Sumilon Island, we rode a bus. Travel time was approximately 2 hours.
We asked the conductor to drop us off at Carcar Market. You wouldn’t want to leave Cebu without trying the most famous Lechon and Chicharon in town!
Day 2: City Tour
PHP 3000 for 8 hours
PHP 200 for succeeding hours
1.Sirao Flower Farm
Sirao PCGS– PHP 25.00
Sirao Flower Farm Little Amsterdam– PHP 5.00
Sirao flower farm was our first and the farthest destination. No need to fly to Europe to experience a flower field simillar to Amsterdam in Netherlands. Just a few minutes away from the Cebu City, you will be able to witness the little amsterdam located at Barangay Sirao in Busay Cebu. Celosia Flowers is the most famous flower, but sunflower, daisy and chrysanthemum are also planted in the farm. Other cute decorations like windmalls, bikes and signage were also installed by the management to achieve the perfect shot for the gram!
4. Temple of Leah
Entrance Fee: PHP 50.00/head
Free for Senior Citizen & Children blow 10 years old
Note: There’s a free shuttle service from Jollibee IT Park to Temple of Leah and vice versa
Temple of Leah is a temple built to commemorate the undying love of Teodorico Adarna to his wife named Leah Villa Albino Adarna. It features Roman architecture. Too bad there are still an on-going construction when we visited because the estimated completion time is on 2020.
5. Taoist Temple
Entrance Fee: Free
Operation time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cebu Taoist Temple was located in Beverly Hills Subdivision. It is the center of the Taoism religion in Cebu but is also open even to non-worshipers. Famous not only for photographs, but also a good place away from the city.
5. House of Lechon
Entrance fee: PHP 50.00
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest houses in the Philippines. Built in the late 17th century, the ancestral house was turned now into a private museum open to the public. It complex highlights of the rich household lifestyle in Cebu during the Spanish era with all the antique items owned by Don Juan Yap and Doña Maria Florido with their 3 children: Maria, Eleuterio and Consolacion. Quite frankly, there’s nothing much to do here, except snapping pictures of its artifacts. I think some areas of the house is creepy tho. It gives me a “may-nakatingin-sayo” vibe while strolling around the area. But, I really love the place as a whole. It can give you a deeper insight of the city’s lovely and intriguing past!
6. Heritage of Cebu Monument
Just a few steps away from the Yap Sandiego House is a tableu, bronze, brass and steel showing scenes about events and structures related to the history of Cebu. Some of the scenes that depicted in the Heritage Monument are the baptism of Rajah Humabon, a procession of the Santo Niño, a Roman Catholic mass, and the Battle of Mactan between Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan.
7. Taboan Market
Grab your pasalubong at Taboan Market!
8. Basilica Del Santo Nino
Santo Niño Basilica is a minor basilica in Cebu City and the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. Thousands of people visit each year because it houses the image of Sto. Niño. It is built on the exact spot where the Holy Child sculpture was found during Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s expedition. It was believed to be miraculous for surviving the fire that destroyed the structure that housed it. A small museum that records the history of Christianity in Cebu is also located inside the Basilica. It displays various antique objects, century-old furniture, priestly garments and the Sto. Niño’s old cloaks donated by individuals over the centuries. There are also religious articles such as statues and relics and other items of daily life which were donations by the devotees.
9. Magellan’s Cross
Magellan’s Cross is located just beside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. It is seen as the symbol of the establishment of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines. Inside you will see above the paintings that depict the arrival of Magellan, the planting of the cross, the baptism of Rajah Humabon, his wife and their subjects.
10. Fort San Pedro
Entrance Fee: PHP 40.00 for adult and PHP 20.00 for children and kids younger than 4 years old can enter for free.
Similar to Fort Santiago in Manila, Fort San Pedro is the smallest and the oldest military defense fortification built by the Spaniards. It was built to protect the Spanish settlement in Cebu and defent it from Muslim pirates who raided the villages. A museum can also be seen inside that displays artifacts during the Spanish Era. Visit the prison dungeons, chapels, garden and rooms if you want to feel a glimpse of the past!
11. 10,000 Roses Cafe
Operation: 11AM – 12AM everyday (Monday – Sunday)
Phone: (032) 496 7023
Entrance Fee: 20.00
No need to fly to South Korea, as we have 10,000 Roses Cafe here in the Philippines. Located at the end of Cordova Tourism Center, tourist from all over the world made its way to witness with their own eyes the stunning garden filled with white artificial roses. Aside from the food, the main attraction is the LED roses planted outside. In the daytime it dances with the wind and are transformed into colorful glowing lights every 6PM. What a perfect way to end our trip to Cebu!