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Hidden Waterfalls

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Often called the “Queen City of the South” and the Seat of Christianity in the Philippines, Cebu is the country’s oldest city. Exploring Cebu City, one encounters a rich historic past. Cebuanos are extremely proud of their cultural and historical heritage, a legacy which has endured through the centuries from the time the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan first planted the cross on Cebu’s shore.
Time has been kind to Cebu. From Zubu, the fishing village and busy trading port in 1521, it has evolved into a highly urbanized metropolitan center which now serves as focal point of growth and development in Southern Philippines. With its 6 cities; Cebu, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Toledo and Talisay; and its 47 smaller towns, Cebu has more than kept pace with the nation’s progress.
Today, the island province leads in traditional and non-traditional exports and has the highest economic growth rate anywhere in the country. Likewise, recent indications pointed out that Cebu has become the country’s most favorite tourist destination.
In contrast to the busting metropolis, the rest of Cebu’s 167 islets and island are line with idyllic white sandy beaches and pristine clear water. Cebu has gained wide popularity for fantastic diving grounds evidenced by the proliferation of resorts which offer luxurious accommodations, excellent dive facilities and the services of competent dive masters and dive guides.
Cebu’s strategic location makes it ideal for those who wish to travel to the other islands and provinces. By plane, boat or bus, nowhere could be too far from Cebu.
Cebu has a transportation system that is as varied and quaint as it is efficient. To get around Cebu, transportation choices are car rentals, taxi, bus and jeepney. For short distances, you can take Tricycle and Habal-habal “motor cycle in tandem”.

Important Dates
…Fiestas & Festivals…
People in Cebu love to celebrate festivals or are fiesta-loving people. Cebu has one of the most colorful and world-renowned festivals in the Philippines and they celebrate it with excitement and high spirits. Cebu celebrates different festivals in different towns and cities. Cebu celebrate fiestas with religious rituals and dancing in the streets to the beat of the drums.

 

Sinulog Festival

 

3rd Sunday of January (Cebu City)
People shouts “Viva Pit Señor”. The Sinulog is Cebu City’s most popular and grandest festival. It is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of the SeñorSto. Niño. Foreign and local tourists flock to Cebu City for this celebration and join in the procession and the grand mardigras. The Sinulog is a dance-prayer expressing devotion to the Holy Child. it is popular belief among Cebuanos that this dance-prayer is the most effective way of getting favors from the Sto. Niño. This festival is world-renowed and the most extravagant festival in Cebu. The Sinulog festival is celebrated in honour of the holy child Senior Santo Niño. The highlights in this festivities is the street dancing where merrymakers dance to the beat of the pit senor drums.

 

Tagbo Festival

19th of January (Poro, Camotes Island)
It is celebrated every January in honor of patron Sto. Niño de Poro. Beloved memoir of a living past, Tagbo is the corner stone from which this great municipality has sprung. Rich in cultural heritage and deep in spiritual values, Tagbo is a very significant event precluding the birth of a town very dear to the hearts of her sons and daughters.

 

Silmugi Festival
20th of January (Borbon)
“Silmugi” is an old name of the town of Borbon and the festival is in honor of its patron saint for the bountiful harvest. The street dancing which is one of the highlights is participated in by the different barangays.

 

Bodbod Festival

10th Of February (Catmon)
The town of Catmon is famous for its tasty “bodbod” and thus is the focus of the festival. The street dancing competition is participated by the different barangays has its dance movements, the movement of making the bodbod with the costumes in bodbod concept.

 

Kabayo Festival

February – Movable (Mandaue City)
Organized by the Cebu Equine Owners, Breeders and Sportsmen Association (CEOBSA), the Kabayo festival is supported by the DOT. The festival promotes sports tourism, ecotourism and agri-industrial tourism awareness in the country. The highlights include the parade of horses, horse racing competition and the best decorated “tartanillas” or horse drawn carriages and features a bazaar and flea market.

 

Sarok festival
14th of February (Consolacion)
The festival is part of the town’s commemoration of their founding anniversary. It is a mardigras parade and street dancing along the main thoroughfares with participants using a creative design of “sarok”, a native hat used by the farmers to protect them from the heat of the sun.

 

Soli-Soli Festival
18th March (San Francisco, Camotes Island)
named after the soli-soli plant which abounds around the lake Danao which is used for mat, bags and hat weaving and other handicrafts. its freestyle street dancing competition uses soli-soli plant as its dominant material. The festival adds color to the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

 

Tostado Festival
3rd Sunday of April (Santander)
The festival focuses on the town’s famous delicacy, the “tostado”. The street dancing which is the highlight of the festivity uses the different movements of making tostado in the dance participated in by the different barangays.

 

Haladaya Festival
Easter Sunday (DaanBantayan)
Starts on Easter Sunday and ends with a street dancing on the seventh day after Easter. Haladaya means “HaladkangDatu Day”, the leader of the first Malayan settlers in Daanbantayan. Highlights include the fluvial aprade where patron saints of the different barangays will be placed in decorated bancas or motorized outrigger boats and paraded in the sea.



Kabanhawan Festival

Easter Sunday (Minglanilla)
Showcases the “Sugat” in which the town is known for many years since. The street dancing depicts the joy felt by the believers when Christ is resurrected. The celebration is grander since it will be followed by a day long games and entertainment that highlights the endowment of Minglanilla’s history, trade and arts.

 

Bahug-bahugsaMactan or KadaugansaMactan
22nd – 27th of April (Lapu-Lapu City)
A weeklong commemoration of the historic battle of Mactan between the Spanish Conquestador Fernando Magallanes and Mactan Chieftain Lapu-Lapu. The festival features various activities highlighted by the series of musical productions culminating with the famous battle, food street and live band entertainment.

 

Mantawi Festival
7th of May (Mandaue City)
A showcase of the city’s historical heritage and identity promoting the city as an industrial and tourist hub, that involves the Spanish regime through street dancing, dioramas, floats, food festival, trade fair and sports event.

 

Tartanilla Festival
12th of June (Cebu City)
The Tartanilla Festival is Cebu City’s way of preserving the tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) heritage by reviving the oldest mode of transportation to ply some of the city’s streets. The festival coincides with the city’s celebration of the country’s Independence Day starting from June 1 to 12. gaily decorated tartanillas driven by kutseros ply the streets of some of the city’s barangays and compete for several awards.



Camotes Cassava Festival

2nd week of June (Tudela, Camotes Island)
A yearly celebration of a bountiful harvest where farmers display their various cassava-based products, share their varied technical experiences in producing and processing cassava products. Among the activities are the Best Booth Contest, Poster-making Contest, search for new cassava food products, cultural night and the search for Miss Camotes Tourism.

 

Palawod Festival
Last week of June (Bantayan, Bantayan Island)
Palawod is the fishermen’s daily toil, their means of livelihood, their life and pride. The street dancing captures and preserves the Bantayanon’s unique traditional fishing rituals inherent to the island through dancing, music and the visual arts.

 

Semana Santa saBantayan
Holy Thursday and Good Friday (Bantayan, Bantayan Island)
Also known as “PaskosaKasakit” Celebrated in Holy Thursday and Good Friday. This is celebrated in the observance of the Holy Week on Bantayan Island with procession and merry making.

 

Kinsan Festival
June – Movable (Aloguinsan)
Kinsan is the name of the town’s favorite fish that abounds in the town’s coastal area every June. It is relatively big fish, with a foot-long kinsan, weighing about three kilos considered small.

 

Kuyayang Festival
June – Movable (Bogo City)
Kuyayang refers to the dance movements conveying courtship and love characterized by the Bagohanon’scariñoso character. Kuyayangmardigras as a cultural tourism festival manifests the cultural heritage of Bogo as a place and avenue for cultural conservancy program of the city.

 

Caballo Festival
25th of July (Compostela)
A street dancing competition that honor’s the town’s patron saint, Señor Santiago de Apostol. History retells of a war between Christians and Muslims where the townsfolk saw and was saved by a miraculous apparition of a man riding a horse and later became known as the town’s patron saint.

 

DinagatBakasi festival
2nd week of August (Cordova)
It is a unique reinvention of the Dinagat Festival. The exotic eel locally known as “bakasi” is peculiar and abundant in Cordova. The dance replicates the gliding movement of the bakasi.

 

Bonga festival
9th of August (Sibonga)
Celebrated in honor of the town’s patron saint, Our Lady of Pilar and Santa Filomena. Among its highlights is the street dancing and ritual/showdown competition. “Bunga” is a Cebuano word which means fruit in English. This festival is a thanksgiving for all the blessings and graces the Sibongahalnons have received for the abundant fruits found in their town.



Siloy Festival

Last Saturday of August (Alcoy)
The festival promotes the Mag-abo forest with its famous Black Shama or Siloy, the town’s scenic white sand beaches and dive spots and in honor of the town’s patroness Saint Rose of Lima.

 

Kabuhian Festival
3rd Sunday of September (Ronda)
Celebrated during the town’s fiesta that features activities like trade fair, livelihood forum and a street dancing competition participated in by the different barangays with the dance movements depicting the various livelihood program of the town.

 

Karansa Festival
3rd Sunday of September (Danao City)
The Karansa is a dance expressing one’s joy and happiness performed in four basic steps: The kiay, karag, kurug and kurahay that jibes with the Karansa official beat. It is celebrated during the city’s annual fiesta in honor of their patron saint, Sto. Tomas de Villanueva.

 

Pitlagong Festival
26th of September (Argao)
Argao’s tribute to the tradition of townsfgolk faith, celebrations, food, work, livelihood, arts and crafts. Pitlagong is an instrument for cleaning the “sugong” which is a bamboo container for coconut wine of “tuba” which is very important to the taste and quality of the tuba.

 

Sinanggiyaw Festival
4th of October (Dumanjug)
Sinanggi-yaw is taken from two old Cebuano words, Sinanggi meaning abundance of harvested agricultural products of the local farmers and Sayaw meaning dance. Through street dancing and field presentation.Performers is focused on three aspects: planting, harvesting and thanksgiving.

 

Inasal (Halad) Festival
14th – 15th of October (Talisay City)
A showcase of Talisay City’s historical heritage and identity promoting the city as an aqua and tourist hub, through street dancing as a thanksgiving offering to the city’s patroness, Sta. Teresa de Avila. Sports fest, paradeof the great personages as higantes, food festival featuring the famous “inasal” or lechon, Talisay’s roast pig being the undisputable best – golden brown, crackling crispy skin, tasty meat from secret stuffed herbs.

 

Kabkaban Festival
4th week of November (Carcar City)
The festival is in conjunction with the fiest of St. Catherine of Alexandria, the town’s patron saint. It is a cultural catalogue of the town’s historical past. Among the highlights of the festival which was named after Carcar’s old name Kabkab which is a kind of fern, is the street dancing and parade.

 

Kawayan Festival
2nd of December (Alegria)
“Kawayan” is the vernacular term for bamboo and is the major source of livelihood/income in Alegria. The street dancing competition is based on the kawayan and is slated during the town’s fiesta in honor of Saint Francis Javier.

 

Sadsad Festival
8th of December (Oslob)
In celebration of the town’s annual fiesta, “sadsad” is a form of merrymaking and thanksgiving for the blessings received for the past year from the town’s patroness, the Immaculate Conception.

 

Tag-anitohan festival
8th – 9th of December (Tudela, Camotes)
The festival is a street dancing and ritual contest participated by the community. It is history retold of the richness of the town’s origin from immortals to the time of Christianization until it was separated from its mother town of Poro in the year 1911.

 

PasyonsaMandaue
Good Friday to Easter Sunday (Mandaue City)
This is a re-enactment of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.



Fiesta saMandaue

May 8 – Week Long Festival (Mandaue City)
This is a week long fiesta celebration. The festival will starts May 8. The fiesta is celebrated in honour of Manduae’s Patron Saint, St. Joseph.

 

Feast of Santa Filomena
Celebrated in the First week of August in Tingo, Olango Island.

 

TagboPoro Festival
Celebrated every January in honor of Patron Santo Niño de Poro in Camotes Island. Tagbo is the cornerstone from which this great municipality has sprung.



Banig Festival

Fiesta celebrated in Badian Cebu in the Month of July.


Basilica Minoredel Santo Niño: The church is found in the heart of Cebu City. It enshrines the image of the Christ Child that Ferdinand Magellan gave to Rajah Humabon.

 

Magellan’s Cross: Is one of the Cebu landmark. It encase the original cross which was planted by Ferdinand Magellan on the Philippine shores.

 

Fort San Pedro is the oldest fort in the country. It was built in the 16th century. Colon Street is the oldest street in the country. FuenteOsmeña is a favorite city promenade, while the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills and Tops Lookout at Busay offers the spectacular views of the city. Known Museums that include Casa Gorordo, University of San Carlos and the Jumalon Butterfly Museum, which features artworks made entirely from butterfly wings. The booming metropolis is also home to several modern shopping malls and a sprawling business park.

Mactan Island
 is home to the Lapu-Lapu Monument and the much older Magellan Monument at Punta Engano, both near the traditional battle site between the two historical figures. The island’s famed beach resorts are located at the island’s eastern coast, just half an hour away from Mactan International Airport.

Carcar has many colonial houses (especially its restored Bahayna Tisa) and the Moorish-style Church of St. Catherine. Notable beaches can be found in Argao and Dalaguete, the former also has a splendid 18th-century church.

Mantalongon is the Little Baguio of Cebu with its upland vegetable and flower farms. Boljoon’s well-preserved Church of St. William is now a national cultural treasure. At the southern tip is Sumilon Island, site of the country’s first marine reserve with its coral reefs; adjoining Tanon Strait is a whale and dolphin habitat.

On the west coast is Moalboal, one of the country’s most popular dive sites; its top sites are Panagsama Beach and Pescador Island. Badian Island has white sand beaches. In Matutinao is Kawasan Falls with its natural pools. Samboan has Escala de Jacob, an impressive hilltop watchtower. Balamban is the site of a national park.

The road north leads to Danao, famous for its paltik or gun industry. Sogod has attractive beaches and a world-class resort. At the northern tip are the islands of Bantayan, with its sandy beaches, and Malapascua Island, which has powder-fine sand. Olango Island across Mactan is becoming popular as a bird-watching site due to its status as a sanctuary of migratory birds coming from as far as China and Siberia.

You surely can’t go straight to your hometown from a trip in Cebu without buying any goodies orpasalubong. I’ve got here a quick list of Cebu delicacies and best-buys from the Queen City of the South.

 

 

OTAP
An oval-shaped puff pastry. The surface of the Otap looks very crumpled and is sprinkled with sugar that has somewhat hardened on the top. The crumpled look of the Otap is what makes it very fragile and easily to break into bits of pieces when you bite it. This sugar-sprinkled biscuit is something light and not too sweet that you can consume a couple of pieces to satisfy your hunger. If you want a good buy, tryShamrock’sotap

 

DRIED MANGO 
Considered as the best nutritious and convenient snack around the world. Very convenient, that made Cebu City more popular because of distributing the finiest dried mangoes around the globe. This ripe, sun dried mangoes is good for snacks and desserts. It has a chewy consistency that makes its taste linger in your mouth.

 

MASAREAL 
This one’s for the sweet tooth. These sweet nibbles come in rectangular bars and are wrapped in paper. Made from peanuts and sugar syrup, Masareal is a delightful treat for kids and sweets-loving adults. Popular brand isDidang’smasareal, the small bar sells for P15 while the larger block is P30 each.

 

AMPAO
This delicacy is famous in Carcar City, Cebu and is the local version of rice crispies bind by sugar syrup and are formed in thick bars.

 

SALVARO
Another delicacy that’s so Pinoy in taste is the salvaro. It is made of shredded coconut on top of very thin biscuit. Well, salvaros are wafer thin biscuits made out of coconut ,sugar and flour, it has a very distinct taste due to the finely grounded coconut. The thinner the salvaro is, the yummier it gets.

 

ROSQUILLOS
The cookies are circular in shape with flower-like edges and a ring shaped hole in the center.Very light yet sweet and fun to eat. Kids would surely enjoy eating this.

 

DANGGIT
It is a salted dried fish that is best paired with hot rice and dipped in vinegar. This should be deep fried to achieve that crispiness.

 

PUSO (HANGING RICE) 
It consists of rice wrapped in coco leaves which is then boiled. It is served by slicing the coco leaves in half exposing the rice. Puso rice pieces are strung together and servers just cut them off and slice them in half for serving, hence the term “hanging rice.”

 

BUKAYO
This is shredded young coconut, cooked in brown sugar or moscovado until it has caramelized.

 

BIBINGKA
It’s a type of rice cake traditionally made from milled glutinous rice,coconut milk, margarine, and sugar. Mandauebibingka is P50 a bundle where a bibingka bundle contains three delicious bibingka.

 


TAGAKTAK 
A tv show last year aired an episode regarding native kanin or local delicacies and tagaktak was one of those kakanin that was featured. And I was amazed by how it is made, how much skill and control you need to be able to whip out a decent looking tagaktak. It’s all about control, flexibility and speed as you pour the malagkit mixture in crisscross pattern to deep fry hot oil and fold it to a triangular shape in just a few seconds! tagaktak always makes my day  I like that when i bite this yummy treat it’s so crispy, you can actually hear the sound when your teeth sink to this snack. You can’t eat it without some pieces crumbling and falling, that is why it’s called ‘tagaktak’.

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