My plan was to take the 8am ferry to Cebu, but being myself, of course I woke up late, haha. I woke up at around 8:40 am, went down to have my breakfast, and decided to prep for Cebu. From the hotel, I took a 7-min tricycle ride to the Pantalan to catch the next ferry to Cebu. I arrived a little past 10am and the next trip by Ocean Jet was scheduled at 11:40 am. SuperCat (2Go) offers an 11am trip but the ticket was a little more expensive than Ocean Jet. I bought my RT ticket, checked in at the port, and waited for my ferry ride. It left at exactly 11:40. Overall, my Ocean Jet experience was quite nice. It wasn’t nauseating as I expected. I fell asleep and after almost 2 hours, I was in Cebu.
I headed out of the port and started walking around. My first stop was the Fort San Pedro which is a few blocks away from the port. Again, Koreans everywhere.
I continued walking around towards Magallanes St. to see the Magellan’s Cross. It’s right across the Cebu City Hall and Plaza Sugbu. On the other side of the cross is the Colegio del Santo Nino and the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino.
I walked along Burgos street to see the Basilica, but right at that time there was a mass going on, and I was wearing shorts so I didn’t bother going inside the church. Instead, I went straight to the Basilica del Santo Nino Museum. Picture taking is not allowed inside the museum, though.
After touring around the museum, I walked towards the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral which was just a few blocks away. There was a mass as well so I didn’t go inside the church. Beside the Cathedral is the Cebu Cathedral Museum.
I continued walking along Burgos St. and found the Heritage of Cebu Monument right where the road forks.
I walked along Mabini St. and my next stop was the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.
My last spot to visit was the Casa Gorordo in Lopez Jaena St.
For reference, I made this simple map to summarize my walking tour around Cebu City:
I started at Oceanjet Ferry Terminal at Pier 1 (A). I walked along Legaspi Ext (1), and turned right to Pigafetta St. (2) to reach Fort San Pedro (B). I walked towards Plaza Independencia (green color, tagged as CSCR tunnel) and went towards Cuenco St. (4). I turned left from Cuenco and then headed right towards Magallanes St (5). I walked straight along Magallanes towards the Magellan’s Cross (C). There’s the Island Souvenir store on the right side, and McDonalds on the left. From the Magellan’s Cross, I turned left at Burgos St (6) and found the Basilica del Sto. Nino (D). The museum is also there. Went back to walking along Burgos, and found the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (E) a few blocks away. On to the street beside the Cathedral is the Cathedral Museum. I continued walking along Burgos St. (6) until I saw a forking road, the right side leading to Mabini St (7). Right at the junction is the Heritage of Cebu Monument (F). I walked along Mabini St. and the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House (G) can be found on the right side of the road. From Mabini St., I turned right to Lopez Jaena St. (8) and reached the Gorordo Museum (H).
It was drizzling a little and after about 2 hours of walking around the city and seeing all these historical places, I decided to head to Sugbutel Family Hotel, where I will be staying for the night. Because of all the walking, I decided to take a cab going to Sugbutel. Apparently, the hotel was really close to the port.
Upon checking in, I took a shower and rested for a bit. I was scheduled to go to Ayala Center and meet my Cebu-based friend, Mischi, for dinner. We met around past 7 and ate dinner at The Dessert Factory. I ordered some Korean Beef Bbq while she had her General’s Chicken.
After dinner and a lot of kwentos, we headed to Fudge to have dessert. I got their famous Lava Cake – and what can I say, I love it. I think it’s worth the 25-min wait!
After some more kwentos, we decided to call it a night so I took a cab back to my hotel room. In my head, I know I want to take the earliest ferry trip back to Tagbilaran at 6am so I can spend the whole day beach bumming in Panglao. But… to be continued
- DIY Bohol-Cebu Day 1
- DIY Bohol-Cebu Day 3 & 4
- DIY Bohol-Cebu: Where I Stayed
- DIY Bohol-Cebu Expenses