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The Ruins of Oslob, Cebu Aug 11-12, 2012

The Ruins of Oslob, Cebu

Location: Municipality of Oslob, Cebu Province

It might be safe to say that Oslob was put on the map when a picture was posted on National Geographic of a local fisherman hand-feeding a whale shark (butanding). I've heard that story being bounced around, but I could not verify that through my Google searches. It is a compelling and powerful picture that single-handedly spawned tourism that draws thousands to flock to Oslob and experience the butanding phenomenon. Resorts sprouted like mushrooms, party boats to the butanding area came in hordes and money was injected into the local economy. It is a tourism story that played out nicely for everyone - despite the controversy of disrupting the whale shark's migratory pattern and behavior.

Butanding watching would have been a must for me had I not done the Donsol butanding odyssey. I chose instead to roam around and check out the reef system with my snorkeling gear - I travel around the country with it, in case an occasion such as this presents itself. I ended up in an osbcure location along Oslob's coastline to find such a reef - it was away from the butanding area, Tan-awan.

Church of the Immaculate Conception
A trip to the capital offered a glimpse of Oslob's colonial past. Nothing comes more iconic than the imposing structure of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. It was built from cut-coral in May 4, 1830 by Fr. Julian Bermejo. It took 18 years to build this church.

The Baluarte (watchtower) of Oslob stands solitary and defiant as it once served as a lookout point against invading Moro pirates. It was built in 1788 from cut-coral. It's present day tranquil demeanor hides the horrors it witnessed in repelling such Moro raids.

Goodbye Oslob
After 2 days, it was time to move on again and head to Cebu City.

--- TheLoneRider

preparing to snorkel the coastal waters of Oslob I had to be vigilant against passing pumpboats I never leave home without my hammock there were no beach resorts...just empty beaches you can have for yourself
at the town capital of Oslob street ice cream Church of the Immaculate Conception Calle Aragones
the Cuartel the Cuartel housed the Spanish army until the Americans came more ruins the Baluarte
exploring the ruins the Church of the Immaculate Conception is a testament to the bygone era of Spanish colonization parkbench by the trellis in a pensive mood

Bantayan Island

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  • Demystifying Bantayan Island Jan 4-9, 2017
  • Bogo City

  • Exploring Bogo City, Cebu Jan 10-12, 2017
  • Camotes Islands

  • Daghang Salamat (Many Thanks) Camotes Islands, Goodbye Apr 6, 2017
  • A Culture of Noise Apr 5, 2017
  • Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island) Apr 2, 2017
  • In Search of the Hidden Beach Apr 1, 2017
  • Pizza-Making Party in Camotes Islands Mar 25, 2017
  • Zesto and Exploited Child Labor Mar 20, 2017
  • The Bayot (Gay) Construction Worker Mar 20, 2017
  • Yoga Calisthenics in Camotes Islands Mar 3, 2017
  • Bathing with the Carabaos at Hagnaon Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  • Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  • Exploring Bukilat Cave, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  • Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands Feb 21, 2017
  • Settling Down in Camotes Islands Feb 19, 2017
  • Clam Chowder Pizza from Scratch on a Rice Cooker Feb 15, 2017
  • Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  • Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  • Exploring Camotes Island of Cebu Jan 13-14, 2017
  • Danao

  • Defaulting to Danao Jan 12-13, 2017
  • Moalboal

  • Freediving in Moalboal at Asian Belgian Resort Sep 6-7, 2015
  • Beach Life and Free-Diving in Moalboal, Cebu Sep 13-23, 2012
  • Santander

  • Beach Bumming at Eden Resort, Santander, Cebu Sep 4-6, 2012
  • Exploring Santander, Samboan and Badian, Cebu Oct 30-31, 2011
  • Tabogon

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  • Places to go in Cebu City

    1. Tops Lookout - elevated lookout point, overlooking the city - great at night on a clear day when there is no fog
    2. Taoist Temple - well maintained temple perched on a hillslope inside Beverly Hills
    3. Magellan's Cross - great historical significance, in Mactan where Magellan claimed the Philippines for Spain
    4. Lapu-Lapu Shrine - not really a shrine, but a 20-meter bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu, the chieftain who killed Magellan
    5. Basilica Minore del Santo Nino - commonly known as Santo Niño Church, is an old church built in 1565
    6. Fort San Pedro - built in the early 1700s to protect against Muslim raids, it has cannons, walled fortifications, etc.

    Food to eat in Cebu City

    1. Siomai - in Tisa in Labangon
    2. Ngohiong - only found in Cebu (practically all street corners) - deep fried spring rolls with Chinese 5-spice seasoning
    3. -

    Things to do, Places to go outside Cebu City

    1. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo, Cebu Province
    2. Waterfalls - Barile, Cebu Province
    3. Chicharon and Lechon - in public market of Carbar, Cebu Province
    4. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob, Cebu Province

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