Monday, August 05, 2013

The MAGELLAN CROSS in Cebu City

     Magellan Cross is another tourist destination in Cebu City. It is situated near the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City.

     The spot is the area where Magellan planted a cross on April 21, 1521 to signify the important event about the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith, in what is now Cebu.

     The original cross was encased in another wood cross made from tindalo wood to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir and some people believe that the cross possesses miraculous healing power. Now, the cross is secured inside a small chapel called "kiosk".

     When you get inside the chapel you can see some women's wearing yellow dress they are dancing and bringing some colored candles and offer prayers to the tourist.

      Travel the world and visit the Magellan Cross in Cebu City and experience the Fun in the Philippines.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Taoist Temple: Cebu City Tourist Destination

     Another tourist destination in Cebu City is the Taoist Temple. It is located in Beverly Hills, Lahug, Cebu City. This temple was built in 1972 by the Chinese community in Cebu.

     The place is not recommended to those people who have heart problems because the temple is situated 300 meters above sea level and you need to climb the 81 steps. They said the 81 steps represent the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures.

     Taoist temple is open to all, worshipers and non-worshipers and no entrance fee. They only ask that you must observe silence inside the temple and they prohibited taking pictures in front of their saints.

     In the temple, you could see a sculpture of a dragon and you can take picture in there, and they also have a small replica of the great wall of China. You can see a beautiful scenery below and the sea in front.

     Actually, this temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teaching of the ancient Chinese Philosopher, Lao Zi.

     If you are in Cebu, don't miss to visit the Taoist Temple, and discover the Philippines because it's More Fun in the Philippines.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Mindanao

     Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area declared by President Fidel V. Ramos in the year 1998. It is located in Bunawan, Province of Agusan del Sur in Mindanao. It has an area of 19,200 hectares (47,440 acres).

     Agusan Marsh is one of the largest and the most contained freshwater catch basin wetland in the Philippines. The Marshland acts like a sponge, as it is nestled in the midwaters of the Agusan River drainage basin. Within its lakes, several floating houses can be found. It is also the place where the largest salt water crocodile named "Lolong" captured.

     The Marsh is a valuable habitat for water birds. When rainy seasons come, the water rise to create large lakes, and vast of ducks come to nest in the area. In dry season, thousand of birds come from Japan, China, and Russia to escape the winter season of Northern Asia.

     Different birds can readily be seen from a boat like wild ducks, heron, egret, kingfisher and some raptors such as the Philippine Serpent-eagle.

     Over 200 individual species have been known to spend at least part of the year in the marsh, making it one of Asia's most important transit points for wild birds.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mactan Shrine: A story of Brave Filipino

     Another tourist destination in the Philippines is the Mactan Shrine also known as the Lapu-Lapu Shrine. It is located in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu. The shrine was built to commemorate the "Battle of Mactan" in which the spot believed to be the area where the battle of Mactan had taken.

Lapu-Lapu Shrine
      The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is 20 meters high made from bronze. It was made in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a native leader who defeated Spanish soldiers during the Battle of Mactan on 1521.
Magellan Shrine
     In a walking distance you could see the Magellan Shrine. It is a large memorial tower which measures 30 meters high. The spot was believed to be the area were Ferdinand Magellan a Portuguese explorer was killed by Lapu-Lapu during the Battle.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Trip to Boracay Island from Mindanao

     What a dream come true... A trip to Boracay Island for Free.. A once in a lifetime opportunity given to me. It was a great privilege given to us as barangay officials because we are invited to attend the seminar that was held in Boracay which the expenses will be shouldered by the barangay.

      Our trip was via van-plane-van-boat to boracay and from boracay, boat-van-plane-bus-ship-lotradisco. Our starting point was in Municipality of Lala going to Lagindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro City by a Van about 4 hours of travel. 
Lagindingan International Airport, Cagayan de Oro City

     From Lagindingan Airport going to Ilo-ilo Airport, our transport plane was Cebu Pacific about 40 minutes of travel. In Ilo-ilo Airport we picked-up by a van going now to Caticlan Port and the travel is about 6 hours if no hitch on the road. And in Caticlan Port we ride a motor boat going to Boracay Island its about 5 minutes. And from Boracay Port you need to ride multi-cab or tricycle going to the beach and Hotels of Boracay its about 7 minutes.

      After six days of stay in boracay, its time to go home. From our hotel we ride again the multi-cab going to the Boracay Port and from Boracay Port ride a motor boat to Caticlan Port and from the Port we picked-up by a van going to Caticlan Airport its about 6 minutes of travel. From Caticlan Airport going to Mactan Airport, Cebu is about 30 minutes. 

     In Cebu, we picked-up by a tourist bus for a tour in Cebu. We visit the Mactan Shrine, Taoist Temple, Magellan Cross and the Basilica de Santo Niño. After the tour, we brought to Pier 4 for our trip going to Ozamis City via Ship (Trans Asia). The ship depart from Cebu 8:00 in the evening and we arrived in Ozamis around 6:20 in the morning. Then we ride a barge going to Mukas Pier about 20 minutes and ride Lotradisco going to Lala 30 minutes of travel.

     Our trip is so memorable. You know that all of this trip was all set by an agency and before our seminar all the tickets, reservation are all ready. Unfortunately, when we are about to went home our trip from Kalibo to Mactan was cancelled due to aircraft situation. And we are going to reroute from Caticlan to Mactan. And the solution was we need to be divided into 2 groups. The trip for the 1st group is 10:00 am and the trip of the 2nd group is 3:00 pm. And I am lucky because I'm in the 1st group. But the 2nd group was so unlucky their trip in 3:00 pm was cancelled again and they need to reroute from Kalibo Airport to Manila Airport and from Manila Airport going to Ozamis Airport..

     Well, all I can suggest as we have experience that when you are going to have a group trip it is better to go to travel and tours agency so that they will take care of all your trip from tickets and hotels reservation. It is a hustle free to you and you will enjoy the trip without thinking anything.

     It is good to travel the places in the Philippines because it's more fun in the Philippines.


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