Sunday, May 20, 2012

Trip to the Philippines, April 30 (Day 8), Cebu & Mactan

April 30 (Day 8) was spent in Cebu & Mactan. We left Naga the afternoon of the day prior. Here are a few pictures taken while waiting at the Naga Airport. Our Air Philippines flight to Manila was delayed by about an hour. But, thankfully, we had time to make our connecting flight that evening to Cebu.

The beautiful lobby of Radisson Blu, our hotel for two (2) nights in Cebu City.

Checking into the Radisson Blu
Early morning of April 30 (Day 8): Picture of the hotel pool and the almost empty hotel parking lot
The first Cebu tourist attraction we visited was the Taoist Temple

Next stop: Cebu Heritage Monument located in the Parian Park

Across the street from the Cebu Heritage Monument was the Yap-Sandiego Heritage House on 155 Mabini Stree, Parian, Cebu City, which was built by a Chinese merchant in the 1600's. It is considered as one of the oldest Philippine houses and possibly the oldest Chinese home outside China.

Quick trip to view the South Road Properties, a new area being developed in Cebu.

Next stop: Fort San Pedro, the smallest tri-bastion fort in the Philippines

Golden coconut tree
 Macopa tree
Magellan's Cross

 Next stop: Basilica Minore del Santo NiƱo

Lunch break: Buffet at a Chinese Restaurant

After lunch, we proceeded to Mactan Island, where we visited the facilities of Allegre Guitars, makers of quality guitars, cocoleles, etc.

Lady Mae tries the cocolele (a ukelele made with coconut)
I then play a ukelele along with the Allegre performers.
Lady Val Websters joins in.
WB Grand Jago tries his hand with the bass.
There was a mango tree in the Allegre compound.

Tricycles are common in Cebu and Mactan, as well as in most parts of the Philippines.
Crossing Mactan Bridge on the way back to our hotel in Cebu City.
The hotel parking lot was getting full that Monday afternoon.
Dinner that evening was at a Thai restaurant at the SM Mall across the hotel. The food was excellent.
It was an excellent end to a wonderful day in Cebu and Mactan.

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