Monday, April 9, 2012

Cebu City - Revisited

After our Bohol Tour, we spend overnight at Cebu City. We only visited a few places near our hotel. Only a night and a half day to spend. Here are some of the must-see places in Cebu.
Experience a Skywalk Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel & Resort. My colleagues took the sky rides, the Edge Coaster and the Sky Walk Extreme. A very nice view of the cityscape during night.
Cebu IT Park at night. This is a lifestyle destination to those who loves dining out, recreations, boutiques and some establishments that offers employments like call centers and outsourcing services.
The Taoist temple is open to public. There is a ritual here where one can pray to gods to grant his wish. Here you can view the Port of Cebu and some tall buildings. This is popular because a lot of schools held their field trips here and even one of the places that travel tours offers to visit.
We visited Basilica Sto. Nino. It was Sunday. We didn't expect how plenty of people! This is what I got using my cellphone camera. At least I had one! The Magellan's Cross. This cross is only a replica. Others believe that the original cross has been destroyed. Others believe that it disappeared after Magellan's death. This cross signifies that the Spaniards successfully colonized the Philippines.
This is the end of our tour. Hope that I can visit out of town places sometime this year.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Baclayon Church - Bohol Philippines

One of my treks in life is visiting some old churches. Aside from the Sto. Nino Church in Cebu, I was really amazed with this one. Its like I traveled way back in 15th century. This is Baclayon Church. It is one of the preserved church by the Jesuits.
The entrance is very historic. The walls are blocks made of coral stones. Very good foundation because it stands for centuries!
Inside the church is very solemn. There is an emblem of the Jesuits, "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" (For the Greater Glory of God). I remembered this because I graduated from a school run by Jesuits, Ateneo de Davao University. When I entered the church, I do have goose bumps! Very nice experience to enter in the second oldest church here in Philippines.
According to the elders, this door is the entrance to the horse stables, kitchen and even jail. Because according to them, inside the church, there is a dungeon. It was used to punish natives who violated the rule of the Roman Catholic Church.
Another mysterious in this church is an image of Fr. Pio of Pietrelcina on one of the pillars of the church. He became famous for his stigmata. Stigmata is the Christ like wounds that bore in palm of ones hands. He is believed to have healing powers. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002.
This is a memorable experience in Bohol. Hope to visit more old churches someday..

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nature in Bohol

This is my third post about Bohol. All about nature.
This is the Alona Beach at Panglao. We arrived around sunset. And this is what I got! A beautiful sunset view that wants me to swim because of its gentle waves rushing to the shore.
The famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol! At last! What a wonderful creation. Amazing!
The Man-made Forest. I just love to see the leaves fall.. I want to take some photos of them falling but unfortunately we are catching up the time for the Loboc River Lunch!
Up close in personal.. A Tarsier in Tarsier Conservatory, Loboc, Bohol. Very cute!
Another first time in Bohol --- Crossing across a hanging bridge!! What freaks me most is that my colleagues are jumping and I'm in the middle of the bridge! Very nice experience! hehe
The Loboc River. Lunch while sailing along the river... Unforgettable experience with the floating restaurant!
Two thumbs up for Bohol Tour!
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