It started as nothing more than your average day-use beach resort: a couple of cottages, their own access to the beach, and excellent service. It was good back in 1995, but time and tourists have moved forward since then. Even with that, Cebu White Sands still stands as one of Lapu Lapu City’s best resorts.
Famous for being a diving destination in Cebu, Malapascua has become one of Cebu’s major tourist destinations this summer. MALAPASCUA ISLAND. From sunrise through sunset, you’ll love how fascinating this place is. (Photo via commons.wikimedia.com) This charming island in Cebu called Malapascua, is known for its underwater attractions, most especially for being a diving desitnation. Its name Malapascua has been said to be derived from “mal” a Spanish word for “bad,” and “Pascua,” for Easter. According to locals, the island was named by Spaniards when they arrived there during a stormy Easter. THRESHER SHARK. Dive into the deep waters to see this pelagic creature. Photo grabbed from […]
One of the country’s top tourist destinations, people just can’t seem to get enough of Mactan Island in the province of Cebu, and with good reason. A PREMIER ISLAND DESTINATION. If you’re headed south, don’t miss the chance to visit Mactan Island. (Photo courtesy of Cebu Fest) Located just off the coast of the island of Cebu, Mactan Island is home to most of Cebu’s best beaches and high-class resorts like the Shangri-La, Plantation Bay, Crimson Resort and Spa, and the Movenpick Hotel. There’s no shortage of restaurants either, although you will need to go into town if you’re looking to save money. Divers will also find Mactan […]
Sometimes people go out of town to see many different sights, do many different things and eat many different kinds of food. Sometimes people go out of town to stay in just one place and relax. At Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, you can do a little bit of both. PLANTATION BAY LAGOONS. These man-made saltwater lagoons that surround Plantation Bay are perfect for when the tide on the beach is too high or too low. LOW TIDE ON THE BEACH. Although the actual beach area of Plantation Bay is small, it’s still great for sunbathing and relaxing. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is one of the premier resorts on […]
If you happen to visit Cebu City and would like to see an actual piece of Filipino history, visit the shrine of Magellan’s Cross along Magallanes Street. This small shrine is set in a busy downtown area, near Cebu City Hall and the historic church of Sto. Niño Basilica Minore, Magellan’s Cross is a huge wooden Christian cross that marks the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the island of Sugbu (now Cebu) roughly 500 years ago. He and his crew were the first Europeans to come to Philippines, on a mission to search for the spice islands of Molucca for the King of Spain. Magellan met and befriended […]
Cebu is a city rich in history, and one of the best places where you can explore its glorious heritage is at the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in the Parian district. The house is considered one of the oldest in Philippines. It was built in the late 17th century by a family of Chinese merchants, and the age shows in its weathered yet steadfast coral stone and molave wood edifices. What makes the Yap-Sandiego House different from the other ancestral homes in the area is that the original homeowners’ descendants, Mr. Val Sandiego and his family, still reside in the house – their own way of preserving it for the generations […]