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Thursday, 25 July 2019

CEBU CITY ITINERARY: Mountain Tour in Busay | Travel Bubbs



Cebu City is known as THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH in the Philippines. CEBU is the traveler's dream of a tropical island come true: balmy weather, pristine beaches, and luxurious resorts with all the frills of modern living. The island-province of Cebu is where the sweetest mangoes can be found and where Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of Christianity in the name of Spain in 1521.

By the way, it's our 2nd Out-Of-Town together ❤ Thanks to DIY Travel PH for their shared itineraries.

ITINERARY:
Day 1 - October 18, 2017 (Wednesday): Departure to Cebu
10:50am - ETD to Mactan-Cebu International Airport


How to go there from Manila?
There are 2 ways going to Cebu, its either via Air or Sea. But we choose via Air so it will not be time consuming.

Anyway, here are the Airlines available in Metro Manila Airport and Clark Airport bound to Cebu:
When Von and I traveled to Cebu, we booked our ticket thru Airasia. Actually, my ticket was booked last 2016 since this is supposed to be my 1st Solo Travel, but he came in to my life before the travel date. πŸ’“ Ayieeeee hahaha, So, I got my ticket PHP 500 Manila to Cebu with Booked Seat already! #PisoSale is Life. Haha!

The travel distance to Cebu is 1 hour and 25 mins from Metro Manila. Just anticipate some delays cause you're in the Philippines. LOL.

Airasia Ticket Fare 2016


12:30pm - Arrival to Mactan-Cebu International Airport
1:00pm - Start Mountain Tour in Busay via Habal

Our first activity/tour today will be Mountain Tour in Busay. So before we arrived in Cebu, I already booked our tour. Our tour guide will be Kuya Marvin Tenajora. Actually he's one of the most recommended tour guides in Cebu. I found him in Facebook thru DIY Travel PH Group. We booked to him Habal Mountain Tour to avoid traffic in Cebu.


So, Lets start! After they picked up us in the airport, our tour guide brought us in CNT Lechon beside SM Cebu to take our lunch. This is located in Jose L Briones Street, Lungsod ng Cebu, 6000 Lalawigan ng Cebu.

CNT Lechon's Menu
Outside of CNT Lechon (Credits to owner. Photo not mine)



Well actually, I can't really remember what we ate here. But I'm sure that we ordered their LECHON (The Best!) πŸ˜πŸ’“ They also serving other food/ulam there.


Sirao Flower Garden "Little Amsterdam"


This is our first destination the so-called “Mini Amsterdam” in Cebu, Philippines that attracting tourists from all over the country and even foreigners. This is located in a mountain barangay just few minutes from JY, Lahug, Cebu City.

The story behind this, It is all started when a couple planted flowering plants to be harvested and sold on All Soul’s Day. Then noticed that their garden is attracting visitors so they decided not to cut them at all. The incursion of tourists encouraged them to plant more. The more plants and flowers in the garden meant more visitors too. Since tulips and hyacinths are hard to grow in a hot climate, celosia flowers are grown in Sirao Flower Farm instead. These flowers are as colorful and attractive as the tulips.


Celosia is the main flower grown in Sirao Flower Farm. This flower is considered to be a genus of edible and ornamental plants of the Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. Its name was derived from the Ancient Greek word “kαΈ—leos” which means “burning” and it refers to its flame-like flower heads.


Aside from Celosias, other variety of flowers are grown in the farm. Flowers like sunflower, chrysanthemum, daisy and aster are among the flowers that are planted there. These flowers provide a perfect edge for picture taking.

Von & Angela,
behind of Travel Bubbs πŸ’•




How to go there to Sirao Cebu?
  • From any point in Cebu, ride a cab or jeepney going to JY in Lahug, Cebu City.
  • In JY, there are lots of motorcycles for hire (habal-habal) that conducts regular trips going to the flower farm. Fare is more or less Php300.00 per person.
  • A taxi ride is also an option but it is way more expensive than the motorcycles.
  • When booked in a private city tour (with a car), a little negotiation with the tour company can be made with an additional fee to get to Sirao.
Entrance Fee - Php 50.00/person, Php 100.00/person
Operating Hours - 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM

By the way, there's a sari-sari stores outside the Garden so you can buy snacks and drinks since it's so tiring roaming around the garden.

(source: https://www.cebucitytour.com/cebu-destinations/sirao-flower-farm/)

Tops Lookout


After roaming round in Sirao Garden, we went to our 2nd destination, The TOPS LOOKOUT! This is one of my dream place here in Cebu. After I watched the Amazing Race Philippines that featured this place, I told to myself that I will go there (Tops Lookout). And now, it came through! <3

Tops Lookout is known for its height at 2,000 feet above sea level and a place for relaxation and peace. Because it is located in the mountains of Busay, it sure offers a cold temperature. Upon reaching the top, a mesmerizing view of the whole island can be seen. It is a perfect place to watch the sunrise or the the sunset. At night, the place turns into a magical scene with the city lights as the background. The islands of Mactan, Camotes, Olango, and Bohol are also visible during daytime. But in our visit there is cloudy. So don't get a chance to experience the beautiful scenery.


Entrance Fee - Php 100.00/person, Unlimited stay at the area especially their facilities like Cottages, Benches and Comfort Rooms.
Operating Hours - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Temple of Leah


After chillin' in Tops Lookout, our third and last destination for the day is in the Temple of Leah. This is also located in Barangay Busay in Cebu City. Everybody knows that this temple is owned by the Grand parents of Ms. Ellen Adarna. This was built as a symbol of undying love and never ending devotion of Teodorico Adarna to his wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. This Roman inspired edifice showcases not only a labyrinthine and sophisticated architecture but also an astounding view of the whole city. There is also an art gallery and museum that features books and other valuable collectibles.


Entrance Fee - Php 50.00/person
Operating Hours - 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

(excuse me to the photo bombers)


After our tour, supposed to be we'll have dinner in Cebu City unfortunately it rains heavy 😭 Since we're in habal-habal we're almost wet going down from Busay Mountain. The good thing there, our habal-habal have extra raincoats/poncho for their riders. They let us borrow. (Thank you mga kuya!) So now we decided to go to South Cebu already. I asked our drivers to drop off us in the South Cebu Bus Terminal.


Here are some must visit places that we didn't have a chance to visit in Busay, Cebu:
  • Lantaw Native Restaurant
  • Taoist Temple
Breakdown of Expenses
Airfare is not included
Contact: Kuya Marvin Tenajora - +63 995 210 8385

This is the end of our Day 1 Blog, we hope that this blog helped you to your travel/adventure in Mountain Tour in Busay, Cebu. πŸ˜‰

Watch out for our South Cebu Tour, SOON!

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