I just celebrated my birthday in Cebu City a few weeks ago together with my mother and aunts. I choose Cebu since it’s the only close island in Negros that I could grant my mom her request of letting her experience riding on an airplane. Book that ticket on a sale via Philippine Airlines a few months ago and it’s quite a good deal.
I already planned out the possible places that should be in the list but it turned out that we missed some of it. So, to give you an idea of what I did plan and how much did it cost me, kindly read details below.
Already booked our hotel ahead via Agoda.com where I had a good discounted two rooms for two people at P1,269.00 a night with free breakfast.
CEBU CITY TOUR
There are a lot of Travel and Tours in Cebu City but I skipped the idea of booking to them cause I think it might cost me much than having my own itinerary planned out. So I rented a Car Service for a day tour instead. Been inquiring to different Car rentals and found one with a good deal plus excellent service reviews the Cebu Rent a Car owned by Sir Jigs. You may contact him thru this number 0915 560 0777 for faster transaction.
You can also give them the list of places you want to visit or if you don’t have any idea then let your driver be your tour guide, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
LAPU LAPU SHRINE
Lapu-Lapu Shrine is located in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu. The statue was built to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu, the native chieftain of Mactan Island who defeated Ferdinand Magellan during the historic battle of Mactan in the year 1521.
SIRAO PICTORIAL GARDEN AND CAMPING SITE
We had fun taking photos with this beautiful garden of Sirao but unhappy to know that it has two different Sirao Garden. ( I should’ve researched it before we left, gosh!) Just this 2018 there are two separate Sirao Garden, one is the Original Sirao Flower Garden and the second one is the Sirao Pictorial Garden and Camping Site.
Our driver lead us to the new one which is the Pictorial Garden and to compare it with the original one there’s a big difference in terms of their flower attraction plus the features. I recommend you go with the original one because it is really comparable to Amsterdam.
Rates: Entrance Fee Adult: P50.00 Senior Citizens - P30.00 Children below 7 years old - Free Pre-nup shoots - P1,000.00 Pool use: Adult, P100.00 and P50.00 for children below 12 years old
TEMPLE OF LEAH
Made of undying love for his wife Teodorico Adarna, grandfather of the actress Ellen Adarna made this temple possible in memory of his late wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. Located in Roosevelt St. Brgy. Busay, Cebu City. You will pass by this street when you go first to Sirao Gardens.
At the time of our visit we were not allowed to enter the Temple because the ceiling was under renovation. You can also see that the side portion of it has marks of eroded soil due to landslide. We only took photos outside with the overlooking view of the city.
Entrance Fee: P50.00
PHILIPPINE TAOIST TEMPLE
Located in Canyon Road, Beverly Hills Subdivision Lahug, Cebu City, this temple is built by Cebu’s Chinese Community. The temple is open and free to worshipers and non worshipers. A ritual among devotees is where one prays to the gods to grant one’s wish. The ritual includes washing of hands, going inside the chapel barefoot and dropping two blocks of wood. If the blocks of wood are both face up then one could make a wish. If not then it is not yet the time for one’s wish to be granted and one has to come to the temple some other time.
Housed in a small chapel located near the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino in Magallanes Street holds a substantial part of the history of Cebu. It is believed that the cross was planted by Portugese and Spanish explorers headed by Ferdinand Magellan upon their arrival in Cebu City on March 15, 1521, and marked this day the birth of Christianity.
HERITAGE OF CEBU MONUMENT
The Heritage of Cebu Monument is the representation and illustration of sculptures and symbolic events in the history of Cebu.
Our last stop is the Taboan Dried Fish Market where you can buy all sorts of dried fish in the market. There’s no way you can leave Cebu City without bringing home a pack of danggit. The prices on each store were almost the same so you can buy anywhere. I bought a pack of fish tocino since this is my favorite for P170.00 for a 1/4 kilo and P100.00 pack of dried squid for my sister.
Expenses Breakdown: P 4,885.00
- Rent A car Service – P 3,300.00
- Driver tip – P 200.00
- Lapu-Lapu Parking Fee – P10.00
- Sirao Pictorial Garden Entrance – 50×3+30 = P180.00
- Bottled Water – P 35.00
- Comfort room use – P10.00
- Temple of Leah Entrance – P150.00
- Lunch – P1,000.00
Note: Hotel room, pasalubong and other miscellaneous expenses were not included in this breakdown.
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