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Coming Back to Cebu City Jan 27-Feb 6, 2017

Coming Back to Cebu City

Location Google Map: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Mounting Push for Cebu City
The compelling reasons for me to go back to Cebu City mounted -

Before I knew it, from the comfort of Camotes Island, I took the 2-hour boat to Cebu City and got reunited with dear friends.

Robinsons Galleria
Before I left Cebu more than a year ago, Robinsons Galleria was still under construction. Now, craving to see a movie, I stopped by the mall to check it out and treat myself to a big-screen indulgence. P230 for a movie???? That's the cheapest they got? Whoa! Sorry, but I'm a guerilla backpacker surviving on a shoestring. It looked like it'll be my last movie in a long while. No wonder I didn't see movie houses in the smaller cities/towns I've been to - Bantayan, Bogo, Tabogon, Carmen, Danao. Very few people can afford to see big-screen movies at this price. Until that changes, the pirated DVDs will continue ruling the public movie audience at large. As for me, torrent downloads will continue to be my staple.

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon
I would have watched La La Land for all its Golden Globe nominations but since there was a Matt Damon film, The Great Wall, I decided to go for Matt - he never makes a bad film. I loved his continuing Jason Bourne series. This movie was visually spectacular with armies in color-themed armour sweeping into battle, but the storyline didn't go deep enough to move you, although all the potential was there. For a gripping human drama, I would say The Last Samurai is a better film. At the end of it, The Great Wall was just another 90-minute forgettable entertainment. They could have done so much to engage the audience. It wasn't a really bad movie, but being a Matt Damon film, it was a little disappointing.

Mudra YogaMeditation at Waterfront Hotel
Pascale Wettstein invited me to conduct a brief meditation for her students in her ongoing yoga teacher-training course at The Waterfront Hotel. I added an initial pranayama followed by the main meditation, themed on dealing with unpleasant thoughts - painful thoughts from the past or worries about the future. These thoughts are stealthy. They creep into our mindscape and dominate our here-and-now, robbing us of our bliss. Most people are powerless against it because they are not even aware they are reacting to it. What followed after the meditation was mainly an open talk on yoga and life. Pascale and I answered some questions raised by the students. I saw new faces on the mat. It's encouraging to see yoga continuing to grow in Cebu. Thank you, Pascale, for inviting me into your space.

Fujinoya CafeFujinoya Cafe
Fujinoya Cafe has never figured out more prominently in any of my Cebu visits than this one. Almost exclusively, I met all my friends and did my online work in this low-key, subdued cafe in Lahug. Although understated by design, it's probably the most leveled-up coffee place in Cebu with its Third Wave Coffee compliance. In the same way Brillat-Savarin elevated food to new heights, the Third Wave movement takes coffee as an artisan craft and not just a pick-me-upper. Using cutting-edge brewing devices by serious baristas, they bring out the best attribute of a coffee variety. Navigating the coffee maze is owner/manager/barista Tidow. He's a walking coffee encyclopedia.

Theosophical Society MeetingTheosophical Society Meeting
In my own words, I would describe the Theosophical Society as a group of seekers who meet regularly to discuss the meaningfulness of existence towards realizing the higher self. This is headed by the charismatic, funny and witty Lovorn Ang. I was lucky to make it to the weekly meeting this time at Persian Palate - for regulars, the P199 dinner buffet (preceding the meeting) is only P99! The open exchange of ideas is as engaging as the characters who attend it. Most of those who attend are serious about high evolution. Sometimes, it's a spectacle to see a few intellectuals cross the blurred line (yes, it is a slippery slope) and showboat just how smart they are while pontificating ego dissolution - the ultimate satire. There was one guy (an outsider) who touted high philosophy, supremely confident of his finger-pointing monologue, closing condescendingly with, "You guys should know what you're talking about!". I could just imagine how good he felt after impressing upon everyone just how knowledgeable he was (eye roll). I call it live entertainment from a ringside seat. Lovorn is quite adept at keeping things on an even keel.

Cebu City
Lovorn, presiding at the weekly meeting of the Theosophical Society

The Pig and PalmThe Pig and Palm
About 2 months back, I was invited by PK to be at his birthday party in Cebu. I declined to say I would have no idea where I'd be in 2 months. Voila! I'm now in Cebu and in time for his birthday - one of those occasions life throws me a bone :) It was really good seeing PK and Lana again together with Jeanne and the rest of the team who were part of the feeding program where I met them. The celebration was at The Pig and Palm - a Michelin-starred restaurant owned by English chef Jason Atherton. Wine, canapés, hors d'oeuvre, tapas and antipasto were there to grace our palate. It was a memorable evening of friends, food and wine.

Losing my Voice
After successive days meeting friends in a row, I lost my voice. I had to put myself in isolation to take rest. It's my universe telling me to slow down again. I listen. I'm just glad I have a Jiminy Cricket in my head providing checks-and-balances to keep me balanced.

Ending Thoughts
I usually default to staying 7 months in Cebu City. But this time around, with a room in Camotes Island already paid for, I felt it time to come back to my other home in Cebu - to Camotes. This visit was different - short but sweet. I find it appealing that while in Camotes, I would only be 2 hours away from the (city)...2 hours away from my dear friends.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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About Cebu City
  • Cebu City is the 2nd biggest city in the Philippine (next to Manila) - and it continues to build and expand. Traffic is getting bad. Decentralization is being developed with the SM Super Mall in the SRP south and the suburban towns in the north.
  • Boat from the airport to the city center - even without traffic, it takes about 4 rides to reach the city. But with Cebu's increasing traffic congestion, it has become a nightmare. Instead of taking the land route, take the water route - no traffic, fresher air and cheaper. From the airport, take the yellow multi-cab straight to the river port and take the ferry (there's only one destination) to the city. Take the 02B jeep and get off at UC near Jones - you're now on the city's main artery.
  • given its size and increasing congestion, Cebu really needs a mass railway system - something that is conspicuously lacking, but no one seems to complain about
  • Cebu is bursting at the seams on the yoga scene. There are about 20 yoga centers in the city - from yoga studios to gyms offering yoga and hotels jumping on the bandwagon
  • a trendy and safe place in Cebu where you can chillout for coffee and enjoy good eats would be at the Ayala Mall
  • there are other pocket-areas for trendy hangouts - Banila Town Center, Crossroads, Escario Plaza, La Vie, etc.
  • the tourist area where most of the budget hotels and restaurants are, are located within the Mango area, although it has a seedy belly feel. Kids may swarm on you pretending to be begging, but they could be picking your pocket or your backpack pockets - be careful
  • many pick-pockets in the Colon area - be careful
Cebu City Google Map

Google Map Cebu City, Philippines

tourist attractions in Cebu City tourist attractions
  • Tops in Cebu City Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
  • Taoist Temple in Cebu City Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
hotels in Cebu City hotel
  • Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
    Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
  • S Hotel Cebu S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
    827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
cafes in Cebu City resto / cafe / bar
  • Fujinoya Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
    Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
  • Bad Boys Wingz Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
    Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
yoga in Cebu City yoga
  • Love Yoga World Love Yoga World - yoga studio
    11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Yoga Now Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
    at The Yacht Club Mactan
mountain biking in Cebu City mountain biking
  • Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
    1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451
Cebu City to Camotes Island

Cebu City to Camotes Islands

  1. via Poro - from Pier One in Cebu City, take the Ocean Jet for Poro, 2 hours, daily trip - 6am and 3pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
  2. via Consuelo - from Cebu City, take the northbound bus passing through Danao and get off at the Danao Port. At the Port, take a Jomalia Shipping boat for Consuelo (San Francisco, Camotes), P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only).

Camotes Islands to Cebu City

  1. Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
  2. Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City
Cebu City to Dumaguete

Cebu City to Dumaguete by Boat

  1. George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
  2. Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am,, 0918.898.2188
  3. Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599

Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan (bus, boat, jeep, tricycle)

  1. Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
  2. Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
  3. Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
  4. Public Market - at the market, you can take any tricycle to your hotel, P8 for short trips
Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

  1. Weesam Express - Pier 4, departs 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 2 hours
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs 6-7-8-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-4:20-6:35PM, 2 hours
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000
  4. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs daily 12:30pm, 10:00pm and 1:00pm (Mon, Wed, Sat)
    Standard (Lying) Php 150, Tourist (Lying Aircon) Php 340
    +63 977.822.5483 / +63 998.999.5483 / +63 925.347.5483 / (032)255-1721 to 26 / (032)414-9001 to 03 /
Cebu City to Siquijor by Boat, via Tagbilaran

Cebu City to Siquijor, via Tagbilaran

  1. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs M/W/SAT at 1:00pm, 10 hours, economy Php 649 (through, layover in Tagbilaran 5:45pm-8:00pm, arrives Larena Port, Siquijor at 11:00pm
    +63 977.822.5483 / +63 998.999.5483 / +63 925.347.5483 / (032)255-1721 to 26 / (032)414-9001 to 03 /
  2. Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs daily at 1pm, 5 hours
    Open Air P1600
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300

Cebu City to Siquijor by Bus, via Liloan (Santander) (as of Jan 2023)

Sugbo Urban
There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Leaves Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) at 8 pm (Sundays 1 am), heads south to Liloan (Santander), takes the ferry to Larena Port, Siquijor, docks around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City 10 pm.

Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because when it reaches Larena Port (Siquijor), it continues its trip around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena. It spares you the cost of hiring a tricycle or habal-habal which charges exhorbitant fares. Besides, it's a long trip to the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.

Sugbo Urban

Sugbo Urban

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Suggested Destinations in Cebu
  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
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