Article and Photo Set: May Rosito
Cebu City has a lot of historical and scenic spots that local and foreign tourists frequently visit. That’s why Cebu Blue Ocean has opened an opportunity for its students to experience being an average tourist in the queen city of the south.
It’s not easy touring a city even if you really want to. There are a lot of challenges especially if you’re not much of an adventurer. What’s more, language barrier and complicated transportation routes can get in the way of your tour.
City Tour Details
The academy’s city tour happens every first Saturday of the school’s term. The tour is just 800 php per student and it includes a rented van, two handsome teachers equipped with extensive knowledge about Cebu’s history, a scrumptious meal at one of Cebu’s famous native restaurants, and a visit to five popular spots in the city.
Starting the tour at 8 in the morning, a rented van picks up the students at the EGI Hotel and goes straight to the first stop- Cebu’s Santo Niño Church. This church is famously known as the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. Because most of the students on tour have different religions (some of them have none) being inside a historical church and learning about it is surely an experience they can’t forget.
The next stop on the tour is a quick visit to Fort San Pedro. The students will get to know more about the history of the Philippines and Spain through this military defense structure. The fort is also a perfect way for the students to know why some Filipinos are lighter in skin color compared to others. A mini museum inside the fort serves as a quick educational trip to the Philippines’ history. Adorable cats go around the area. One even guards the entrance.
Cebu City has a significant number of Chinese residences which is why places such as the Taoist Temple were built to cater to their religious practices. This is also the third stop in the city tour. You will reach the temple located atop a winding hill. Tourists are able to look down on an amazing view of the city. The quietness and serenity of the place allows the students to relax and get in touch with their spirituality.
They serve lunch at Lantaw a famous native restaurant after some soul searching at the Taoist Temple. The restaurant also offers a spectacular view ,especially if you plan to eat there during the golden hour. You can also try to get to Top’s lookout. You may check the spectacular view. Indeed,Tops Lookout is probably one of the best places to go for that panoramic view of the whole Cebu city. Finally,it’s also a perfect place to take the perfect jump shot photo. You can have a little drink or snack as you watch the bustling city down below.