Day 2: My friends left around 4:00 AM going to Badian, Cebu for the Canyoneering. Their travel will took 2- 3 hours so they have to be early in order to complete the activity and come back before rush hour. I know I’ll return to Cebu so its okay if I do the canyoneering some other time.
I woke up around 9:00 AM and had my free breakfast. 🙂 I’ll be meeting my childhood friend working in Cebu and he’ll tour me around the city.
My first destination is the famous Basilica Del Sto Nino Church. We’ll meet there. It will be my first time to visit the church plus I’m planning to attend the 11:00 AM mass too. Moreover, it was a unique experience because I’ve never toured alone. 😀
I was advised that the church is a walking distance from our inn but I chose to ride a jeepney since I’m in a hurry to catch the mass. The fare cost ₱7.00 and you’ll only need to walk 2 minutes from the main road to the church.
MUST VISIT: BASILICA DEL STO NINO CHURCH
–Also known as Sto Nino Basilica, is the oldest Catholic Church in the Philippines founded in 1565 by father Andres de Urdaneta. Here lies the statue of the miraculous Sto Nino (Child Jesus)
At the start of the mass, I was surprised that people inside the church turned around. Then I realized that the mass is being held outside, in their pilgrim center. 🙂
I’m attending a Cebuano mass so I couldn’t understand anything but its fine because I can still follow the program flow.
The Pilgrim Center was built to accommodate massive churchgoers and devotees. Mass is held here during Sundays and Fridays.
End of the Mass, Blessing.
Due to the October 2013 earthquake, the bell tower of the church was damaged. Up to this day, they’re still repairing it.
Outside the church you’ll see ladies wearing yellow skirts and holding candles. They offer to pray for you in exchange of donations.
While waiting for my friend, I saw a long line towards the church. This is for visiting the Statue of the Sto Nino. It took me 20 mins in line but it was worth it when I saw the image.
I offered my prayer and gave thanks. I felt blessed because not all first time visitors in Cebu get the chance to pay visit to the Sto. Nino.
My friend arrived after few minutes . At last I have company now! 🙂
He led me to Magellan’s Cross which is just beside the Basilica.
MUST VISIT: MAGELLAN’s CROSS
–It is a famous historical landmark in Cebu. A cross that symbolizes the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines that is brought by Ferdinand Magellan.
Right in time for lunch, we ate at Casa Verde (American style Restaurant).
MUST TRY: Steaks and Ribs
We went to the first even restaurant of Casa Verde. But an already grown food franchise can also be seen in Ayala Techno hub in Cebu, UP Town in Diliman and also in Megamall in Manila. Casa Verde is famous for their steaks and Ribs dishes.
I enjoyed our orders. All are in large servings and one meal is enough for two. Both ribs and steaks are cooked tender and flavorful. The Therese Pieces Chicken Strips is just an appetizer but I consider it a main dish, it cost only ₱178.00 Meanwhile the John Jay’s Steak and Pasta ₱268.00 and the Brian’s RIb is ₱250.00 only.
After our heavy lunch, we went to SM Cebu. Here, I bought few pasalubong such as Dried Mangoes, Danggit and T-shirts for my family.
There are a lot of shops to buy pasalubong in Cebu but since I’m already in SM and have time to spend, I bought items here. The prices here are no difference if you buy outside plus you’re sure with the quality of your purchase.
We continued our bonding in a coffee shop then left around 7:00 PM so that I could still have dinner with my friends coming from Badian. Hoping that we’ll eat Lechon this time.
But Once again, the Lechon Dinner didn’t happen 🙁 My friends left Badian early but ended being stucked in traffic. They arrived in the city around 9:00 PM.
Tired from their activity we just decided to move the plan the next day, right after our Oslob Adventure. Good thing I’m still full from the lunch I had so we all went straight to sleep.
THAT LECHON IS VERY ELUSIVE! 😛
Lunch at Casa Verde (good for 2-3 PAX): ₱700
Transportation ( Taxi and Jeepney) :₱100.00
***Pasalubong depends on you, mine cost around ₱500 (dried Mangoes, Danngit, T-shirts and Magnets)
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