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Sunday, May 15, 2016

When in Cebu

I'm a Dabawenya. I was born and raised in the Land of Promise---DAVAO. But I can never deny my origin being a CEBUANA. My family originates from Cebu. Hence, I always consider Cebu my second home.

I have been in my second home for numerous times, and every visit is memorable. Not just because my family is there, but also because there ARE really a lot of things/places in Cebu that are worth remembering.

So, as I reminisce my moments in Cebu, I compiled a list of the places and/activities one must try or check out when in Cebu.

1. Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob, Cebu 

Whale Shark watching are open only from 6AM- 12NN, so if you plan to swim with the whale sharks you better wake up early. Since Oslob is a long way from the city proper, you can opt to sleep the night before at one of the resorts around the area.

2. Attend mass at Simala Church

3. Swimming at Kawasan Falls

 I heard that canyoneering is the must-try activity around this area. I have yet to try that one.
It was unfortunate that we were time-constraint when we went to Kawasan. We did not have the whole day to do 'canyoneering'. However, I still look forward to the day I get to try that. :) Nonetheless, it was fun. The place was really cool, and the coral blue water is amazing. It reminds me of the waters at Hinatuan, Surigao. :)

4. Fort San Pedro

5. Magpa-'Sinulog' at Magellan's Cross

6. Try the 4D, Skywalk and Edge Coaster at Crown Regency

7. Lapu-Lapu Shrine and go souvenir shopping

8. Check out Alegre Guitars

9. Spend a day swimming, rock climbing, and more at Plantation Bay. It's totally worth it.

10.  Visit the Taoist Temple

11. Visit Samboan Park.

     If I recall correctly, there was an old church in this park. Then, there was a site here where there were stories that they digged up a miraculous statue of Jesus. The place was basically HOLY. I don't know if the place is still the same, but I believe it's still worth visiting. I haven't been there since 2010. But if you decide to visit this, just prepare yourself for another long drive. :)

There are still a lot of places to discover in Cebu, especially now that more tourists are visiting the area. That is why I always take pride in claiming Cebu as my second home because of its many surprises. I still look forward to more visits though. I never get tired of going back to Cebu.

When I do get back, I'll update this blog.
For the mean time, I'd appreciate it if you leave in the comments section your suggestions of the places I still have to go to AND/OR adventures I still need to try out.

I'm positive I'm going back to my beloved Cebu City in the near future. Hence, I'd appreciate it if you help me out with my itinerary or list of activites. Thank you. :)

PS. The  photos above were taken on many different occasions. Some photos were as recent as 2015, and some were as old as 2010. I suggest you do further research when you use my blog for your planned trip. Lovelots. *wink*

~Angel ♥

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The City of Mati and Summerfrolic 2016

The City of Mati is popular in the Davao Region for having beautiful beaches and for being one of the top surfing spots in the region. In addition, it is also very well-known for throwing grand parties, and one of its annual and most publicized party is the SUMMERFROLIC PARTY.

But before we talk about the party stuff, I'd like to share to you the side of Mati which I believe you must also see. Here are a few of the places I believe you should check out in Mati.

1. Subangan Museum 

2. Baywalk

3. Dahican Beach

While you're there, ask a local to teach you how to surf...
Rates usually are around Php300/hour.

There were no good photos of me riding the wave, so here's my friend.
But I did get to ride one wave, out of numerous tries. hahaha!

4.  The other side of Mati beach. I forgot what to call this place but it has no resorts. It's undeveloped and secluded, but it sure has a beautiful view of the sunset. AND it's calmer to be on this side. ♥

5. The Sleeping Dinosaur
Photo by Josef Cagas
Now when you happen to be in Mati in time for Summerfrolic. Be prepared for a wild and beautiful night. The party is a 2-night event.

I had more fun in the second night, though.
 There were fireworks, foam, and more.
 However, the first night was cool, too. There were also foam, loud music, beautiful lights...everything except the fireworks.
I believe the fireworks were set for the second night, which also has the most number of party-goers. Unlike the first night, the second one was jam-packed.

But if you are free on both nights, I suggest you be there on both. Here are a few photos of our awesome party nights at Summerfrolic 2016.
VIP Tickets
That's me at the VIP deck
Us girls at the VIP deck

The crowd on the second night.


I could not put everything into words but my SUMMERFROLIC experience is by far one of the greatest and most unforgettable parties I have been to. It was wild and fun!

Oh, and a piece of advice in case you intend to attend the next Summerfrolic party, book a room early. Our suite at Lane's Katulganan  were booked ahead by our sponsor SMART. Hence, we did not have a hard time looking for a place to sleep, unlike some friends I know who almost did not have anywhere to sleep because almost every hotel is fully booked. So to avoid hassle, take my advice. Book early.
At Lane's Katulganan.
Mati truly is a beach bum's paradise and a surfer's haven. With its growing rate in tourism, I believe Mati will be more beautiful than it is today. That is why I always look forward to the day I get to visit Mati, again.

It has now become an ultimate summer destination, especially for people from Davao. As a Davaoena who has been to Mati, I'd say the 4-hour drive was totally worth it. Such a beautiful place. ♥