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A great way to start exploring Cebu City is to take a walk down Colon Street; the oldest and the shortest street in the Philippines, situated in the center of downtown Cebu. Named after Christopher Columbus, this popular street is one of the most crowded parts of the city of Cebu. Witness to numerous important events that occurred during the Spanish settlement, today Colon Street may be a little run down, but it is home to a variety of shops, department stores, movie theaters, and other business establishments. Visitors will also come across numerous vendors selling an assortment of goods by the side of the road....more

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A great way to start exploring Cebu City is to take a walk down Colon Street; the oldest and the shortest street in the Philippines, situated in the center of downtown Cebu. Named after Christopher Columbus, this popular street is one of the most crowded parts of the city of Cebu. Witness to numerous important events that occurred during the Spanish settlement, today Colon Street may be a little run down, but it is home to a variety of shops, department stores, movie theaters, and other business establishments. Visitors will also come across numerous vendors selling an assortment of goods by the side of the road.

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Recommended Visit Duration

Around 30 minutes or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

The numerous buildings and the length of the street

Prayer Facilities

Cebu City may not have a large Muslim population, but Muslim visitors will definitely be able to find a couple of mosques in the city. Al-Khairiah Mosque and the Green Mosque are two masjids at which Muslim tourists could offer their prayers at. While exploring Colon Street, visitors could ask to be guided to the nearest mosque when necessary.

Halal Food

While those visiting Colon Street are sure to come across numerous restaurants and food carts, Muslim tourists may not be able to find any establishments serving Halal food. However, due to the sizeable population of Muslims living in Cebu City, there more definitely are a few Halal restaurants. Tourists must make it a point to dine on some popular local dishes while here.

  • Let's Take a Look Back: 2019 Travel Trends

    The world in 2019 is not what it used to be and, this year has changed how travel is looked at, as well as how people travel. Travel is almost a must now, and young people are flocking to amazing destinations all over the globe every day! via GIPHY 2019 has made a definite impact on travel, what with many things influencing trends and shifting the industry into places it has not been before. People are more enthusiastic about travel and their views on it are more open. Let’s check out some of the impactful travel trends for the year 2019. 1. ‘Instant Noodle’ trips Image Credit: Francesca Tirico on Unsplash It’s not about the weeklong trips or even month-long Europe tours anymore, the smaller the holiday the better! Mini holidays are trending now, and it is fun, practical, and inexpensive! These weekend trips are going to help local economies and boost the local travel scene. Many young people are opting for this kind of travel - spontaneous weekend gateways with friends to seaside towns or lake districts. 2019 is the best year to get your travel plans in full swing, with better-organized transport options and what with everyone owning a smartphone all you need is a bunch of friends, some cash, luggage and, Google maps! 2. Halal assurance with AR Image Capture: Halal Travel Frontier 2019 Report The world is getting more tech-based by the day, so why not rely on AR (Augmented Reality) to support you in finding Halal certified restaurants and eateries in the area? Due to a lack of Halal certification in Muslim majority and minority countries, travellers may find it difficult to verify if a restaurant is Halal or not. However, AR and AI (Artificial Intelligence) can help integrate information on restaurants in real-time making it easy for the user to easily spot Halal restaurants, food, or even ingredients without much hassle. This will also help vendors and restaurant owners to better communicate the availability of Halal food without the need to display the Halal certificate. Bonus tip: Using social media to ask for recommendations from your social circle is a trend as well, even referring to the CrescentRating rating system which indicates the level of Muslim friendliness of restaurants. 3. An Education Image Credit: Pang Yuhao on Unsplash More and more young people are opting for travelling abroad for higher studies instead of continuing in their homeland. This is because it can teach a person valuable lessons and independence. Some people are even saying that they’ll opt for travelling overspending on an expensive university as they can learn many things hands-on, like dealing with people and managing finances in a real-world setting. Some people may even opt for volunteer work abroad or even international work placements that will take them to different parts of the world. Working or studying abroad doesn’t always have to be all work and no play, you will get to experience different cultures, different cuisine, as well as mingle with the locals. Tip: Foreign exposure looks good on a CV! 4. Sustainable travel Photo Credit: Hamza Javaid on Unsplash Eco-friendly travel is a major trend right now! A lot of travellers are actively making it a point to reduce their carbon footprint and respect the destinations they travel to. It is important to dispose of trash responsibly or even reduce the number of plastics and other non-biodegradable packaging while travelling. A large percentage of people choose destinations which host environmentally focused events, as well as has hotels and resorts which are more eco-friendly.   5. Experience-based travel Photo Credit: Rana Sawalha on Unsplash Travellers are now looking for more curated travel experiences than the same old destination based holidays. People who are looking into comfort and nostalgia rank high on the list, as many travellers love experiences that make them feel like a child again. May it be an adventure, music festivals or even wildlife excursions – experience-oriented travel is a fast-growing trend. 6. Co-living Image Credit: Helena Lopes on Unsplash If you like to travel solo but want a safe living space where you can meet new people, co-living could be the best option for you. Airbnb may be a great option but it can be isolating at times, whereas co-living spaces allow you to rent a room with common social areas where you get live amongst likeminded people. This is a trend amongst young professionals and is a great way to start travelling solo if you are a beginner. Lyf by Ascott, a millennial centred project, will soon open three properties at Cebu City and Shenzen – most probably by the year 2021. Roam has co-living spaces in Bali, Miami, Tokyo, and San Francisco – they will be opening in New York and London soon. 7. Tech-savvy travel Image Credit: Christiann Koepke on Unsplash With everyone going digital, travel is also moving into digital territory. With AR and AI apps specifically designed to help travellers find good places to eat as well as where to stay at payment methods as well as checking in to airports are going to be more AI-based. BitPay is allowing businesses to accept bitcoins as payment instead of traditional money; this will revolutionize travel as we know it. Airports are trying to introduce more versatile, computerised immigration and customs facilities as it will cut down travel time within an airport in half. VR is being used to train Muslims in Umrah and Hajj rituals before leaving for the pilgrimage. VR will allow people to have more thorough training experience as a certain step and rites that are to be observed will be taught as an immersive experience. This will ensure that they will have a fulfilling experience on the trip. 8. A rise in female Muslim travellers Image Capture: Muslim Women in Travel 2019 Report There is a growing trend in female Muslim travellers, women want to go out there and explore and learn about the world around them. Many are highly educated and financially independent, with families that support their decision to travel. The travel market is starting to be more women-centric and therefore things like safety and activities specific to women are beginning to grow. There aren’t as many risks with security and family disapproval for women travellers as there used to be. So venture out and have fun! 9. Dark tourism Image Credit: Yves Alarie on Unsplash A burgeoning market for ‘dark’ tourism is gaining fame, what with Netflix’s series “Dark Tourist” focusing on this aspect of travel. Dark tourism focuses on historically significant places like the Holocaust Museum and Chernobyl (nuclear disaster). People are flocking to these sites to learn about the history and how these errors have affected the world at large. 10. Solo travel Image Credit: Andrew Ly on Unsplash A new trend amongst Millenials and Gen-Z folks, solo travel is starting to be popular, as well as important. Trips aren’t all about fun anymore, it’s about the experience as a whole and what a person can learn and bring back with them. It’s not just memories to last a lifetime it’s also experience!   Travel trends are shifting fast and soon we will even be able to travel to space! The trends are catering to younger generations and now, and everything is not about business trips anymore. Travel is more focused on experience and fun – now that you know the travel trends for 2019 plan your next trip and begin your adventure! via GIPHY...

  • Cebu Cuisine: Native Dishes & Culinary Delicacies

    One of the things Cebu is so well-known for is its food - whether they are the street snacks or sit-down-and-eats. Due to the large tourist population in Cebu, there is fine demand for their delicacies - something many business owners have profited from over the years. That doesn’t mean it’s all business though, in the Philippines, they take their food very seriously. Here is our guide to the eatables that you have to try, the ones that tickle your taste buds and leave you wanting more. . Dried Mango One of the biggest export products from the Philippines, dried mango is a favourite amongst locals and tourists, with Cebu being the main source. Since it is one of the items you have to take home as a gift, be sure to try some while you’re there, and then stock up on more! . Danggit Warning: this is not for those who have an aversion to seafood! Since Cebu is all about the sun, sand, and beaches, it seems only right to have sun-dried salted fish on this list. Danggit is considered a humble man’s breakfast - when combined with rice, eggs, pickled unripe papaya, and a vinegar and chilli dip on the side - and it really is a taste of living like a Cebuano. It tastes best fresh out of the frying pan, so be careful when picking the venue of your first taste of danggit! . Rosquillos A snack native to Cebu, going back hundreds of years, the rosquillos was created by Margarita “Titay” T. Frasco, who later founded the company Titay's Liloan Rosquillos and Delicacies Inc. Her descendants still run the company - which now produces more native snacks – distributing to local supermarkets. A simple cookie made from flour, eggs, shortening, sugar and baking powder, with no preservatives and artificial colouring, Titay’s still holds its place in people’s hearts due to the unique flavour and taste, even though there are other brands that produce the same. . Bibingka Bibingka is the Filipino version of a rice cake, although that wouldn’t be your first guess if you saw it. Looking more like buns or bread and nothing like cake, bibingka is made using rice flour and coconut milk. It is widely available as street food, but the best bibingka is found in Madaue City as they use hand ground rice instead of commercial rice flour. Slightly sweet and sticky, there is nothing better than a fresh hot bibingka on a cold day! . Su-Tu-Kil Su-Tu-Kil is the ultimate seafood experience, also known by the acronym STK. It refers to different ways of cooking fresh seafood - Sugba (Grill), Tuwa (Soup), and Kilaw (Raw). There is a variety of seafood available, from lobsters, shrimps, crabs and scallops, but the most popular is parrotfish. Satisfy your Su-Tu-Kil cravings in Mactan or Cebu City. . Fresh Lumpia The Filipino twist to spring rolls, this is a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. A soft non-fried wrapper stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, with sweet peanut sauce poured over makes for a gastronomic delight. . Mango Pizza Yes, you saw that right - Mango Pizza! If you thought Hawaiian was stretching it with the pineapples, a mango pizza is sure to get your curiosity piqued. Mango, cheese, cashew nuts and bell peppers are what makes this unique dish, and even if it doesn’t sound appealing, it is surprisingly good. Fairly new to Cebu - it’s more famous in Guimaras - it is still a must-try while you are there!   ....

  • 5 of Cebu's Most Majestic Waterfalls

    When it comes to Cebu and waterfalls, restricting them to just 5 is incredibly difficult. Waterfalls may all seem pretty similar - water cascading down into a scenic rock pool, surrounded by beauty. In true spirit of nature though, every waterfall is different. Which is why, even though these are the 5 most majestic falls in Cebu according to us - all for different reasons, feel free to explore off the list. Cebu has around 90 “discovered” waterfalls at the moment. Imagine what’s left to be discovered! Be prepared to trek along narrow winded paths to get to your destination, make sure you are carrying plenty of water and wearing comfy shoes. Most of the places have locals living in the vicinity who are happy to feed you for a small price. Also keep in mind that you don’t just visit a waterfall - you experience one; so carrying a change of clothes and waterproofing your electronics and belongings is essential! Whether it’s relaxing on the edges of the rock pool, taking a dip, or getting a “massage” from the powerful jet of water, Cebu’s waterfalls are something not to be missed! . Tumalog Falls, Oslob About 170 kilometres from Cebu City lies Oslob, a place that has grown increasingly popular recently for swimming with whale sharks. Along with that, are the tourists who wish to “chase waterfalls”, as they like to call it, and Tumalog Falls is amongst the most majestic of them. The pool at this falls is knee-deep, so don’t be worried if you can’t swim! . Kawasan Falls, Badian Kawasan Falls is located in the mountains of Barangay Matutinao in Badian, and comprises of many waterfalls, that takes a trek of around 1.5 kilometres to get to. The first one is the largest and generally the most crowded, and a bit of a climb will take you up to the other two. Ice cold water makes up the impossibly blue pools, where locals offer a raft service to take you under the fall itself, or in the crevices behind it. . Bugasok Falls, Argao Slightly differing from the other falls, Bugasok Falls in Argao was used for waterfall rappelling, but lack of a rope means that the rock pool is inaccessible as there is no way back up. Completely surrounded by rock, the little pool into which the water falls is caught within itself, which makes for great picture-taking opportunities, so don’t miss out on that! . Mantayupan Falls, Barili At 98 metres high, Mantayupan Falls is Cebu’s highest waterfall, so it is without a doubt, its most majestic. A close alternative to Kawasan Falls, Mantayupan Falls is surrounded by Mother Nature. A little man-made help was added to make the trail easier, but it has been left with its natural beauty intact. There is nothing quite like being at the fall itself, surrounded by the elements, feeling the power of the plunging water.  . Montpellier Falls, Alegria Unlike the other falls, this one is absolutely free. That’s right, there’s no entrance charge. However, even if there was, it would be worth it to maintain the pristine beauty that this setting possesses. A trip to Alegria definitely calls for a visit to Montpellier Falls, which is an experience that can only be described as something out of a movie. With the waterfall gushing forth, surrounded by green trees clinging onto the mountain, and vines hanging from above, it’s like a private pool party.   ....

  • Cebu: A Thrill-Seeker's Paradise

    Cebu is one of the oldest places in Philippines, with Cebu City being the first capital. This archipelago consists of 177 islands, including the main one, and is known to be a first income class island, which basically means it’s one of the richer areas of the Philippines. With so much history, Cebu does not bore you with tales of old. Instead, it is a treasure trove for adrenaline junkies who can find a vast array of activities to get their fix. In short, boy is it a thrill-seeker’s paradise! . Cliff Jumping Found along the coast, anywhere there is a cliff, cliff jumping is a popular sport in Cebu. Philippines is home to some of the top cliff diving destinations in the world, with some adding boards for extra measure, while other like to keep it natural. Make sure of the depth of the water before you take the leap! . Canyoning/Canyoneering This extreme sport comprises of traversing canyons and - some for the sole purpose of, while others add extra thrill to their adventure by - plunging into rock pools below, off the canyon. Unlike cliff jumping which is more popular around the world as well, canyoning is fairly more novel and more exciting. There’s nothing like adding another element to an already existing adventure, ie: diving off the canyons you were admiring the view from! . Rock Climbing Rock climbing requires a bit of experience and training, because doing it outdoors is not the same as taking a chance in a controlled environment. If you really want to work those muscles and feel a great sense of accomplishment, rent the gear that is widely available, and get to climbing! . Mountain Climbing Unlike rock climbing, mountain climbing is not as dangerous or extreme as there are trails for beginners as well as average level ones. Immerse yourself in the wilderness as you make your way up to Cebu’s highest peak, Osmeña Peak, and appreciate the well-deserved view from above!  . Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Even though scuba diving is a little on the pricey side in Cebu, it is something you must experience if you haven’t done it before. See what life is like down under, and be a fish for a day. For those who do not wish to immerse themselves so deep, snorkelling is always an option! Closer to the surface, it is a safer option for those with fears of diving deep. . Wakeboarding If you’ve never heard of wakeboarding, Cebu is the place to try it out first hand. It is like surfing, skiing and snowboarding all rolled into one! This extreme sport gives you an extreme thrill, once you get the hang of it. Danasan Eco-Adventure Park in Danao City, approximately an hour away from Cebu City is a popular spot to wakeboard, and where you can also find other thrills to bide your time, like go-karting and horseback riding. . Sky Diving Which thrill-seeker does not have sky diving on their bucket list? Fairly new in Cebu, trained professionals are available to help you cross that off your list. Bantayan Island is the place to go if you’re seeking extreme thrills! . Sky Walk and Edge Coaster Conquer your fear of heights with this thriller! Strap into a roller coaster that goes around the edge of the Crown Regency Hotel, or strap on a harness and walk on translucent glass - all on the 38th floor, giving you a spectacular view of Cebu. . Whale Shark Diving Whale sharks are a part of the deadliest predatory marine family, yet the gentlest one of the lot, providing no danger in swimming alongside them. This is a step up from simple scuba diving with the fish, and adds a lot more value to your Instagram pictures! . Snake Massage Massages are supposed to be relaxing, right? Well this would be too if you forget about the fact that… it’s snakes that are massaging you! Cebu City Zoo offers it absolutely free for anyone brave enough to try it. Great care is taken to keep the snakes clean and well fed, to avoid any casualties. Out of everything on this list, this might be the one that raises your heart rate the most!   ....



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