Another assignment a day after Romblon.
I am to liase for the International Dance Exchange. Again, Why not? never been to Cebu before , wouldn’t want to miss the chance. Despite my air flying phobia.whew!
Liase Malaysian Delegates throughout the event within the City and outside too! 😀
Era Budaya Papar, Sabah Malaysia
…and outside the City–where else but Bantayan Island!!!!aaawwww! 😀 😀 😀 three big smiles.
Bantayan Island is on the northern part of Cebu, it can be reached through land travel- bus and sea travel- ferry. From Cebu City North Terminal, you may take a mini-bus or regular/aircon Bus -Ceres going to Hagnaya Port.
Aircon buses charge Php 150.00 from the city to Hagnaya Port
Travel time is generally 3 hours (on rare occasions 2:45min ) including the 10 minute stop in Carmen Cebu for a restroom break, food & refreshments. One thing, you must leave the city before 7 am since the fhe ferry (RORO) that carries passengers and vehicles leaves 11 am if you want to catch the first trip. Recently according to locals there are only 2 runs .
If you are a passenger without vehicle you can take the Super Shuttle Ferry, that charges Php 150.oo plus 10 pesos terminal fee.
We are on special tour so our special trip bus we boarded the bigger Roro
Our bus boarding the RORO
Leaving Hagnaya Port the view was awesome!
One hour later it’s Awesomer!! 😀
Welcome to Santa Fe Port, Bantayan Island.
10 minutes later…. what do we have here???!!! Another paradise
On a hot afternoon at Sta Fe Beach. according to our guides, Sta Fe Beach is the most beautiful in Bantayan.
We stayed at Mayette’s Beach Resort. The resort’s cottages are made of sawali and concrete, they have simple function rooms with videoke take note. :-D, open cottages for day stay and tents for overnights. There are but few resorts in the area that’s why it’s a bit expensive. Cottagewith 2 double bed costs Php 1,000 per night.
For day trips, there is 20 pesos entrance fee.
Going to Mayette’s, from Sta Fe Port, go straight towards the crossing going to Ogtong Cave, turn left then when you reach another crossing turn left (if you turn right that’s going to Ogtong Cave Resort). A few meters away from the crossing is Mayette’s Resort.
Of course not complete without my photo OP :-DDDDD proof of landing!
Our dancers will not leave this beautiful island without trying to leap, as in the case of Ballet Philippine’s company member.
and the dancers i liase, Era Budaya Papar’s sun jump!
Bantayan Island is not all Beaches though.
A church was built by Augutinians on 1580, St. Peter Parishl that covered areas as far as Leyte. The church burned down and rebuilt in 1600. The current structure was again rebuilt 1839 and completed 1863. As of today, facade of the church is again under restoration and rehabilitation.
AFTER 2 days in Bantayan, we went back to Cebu mainland only to visit yet another serene town and structures of colonial past.
ARGAO- South of Cebu, 3 hours away from the city via land travel.
The Baroque-Rococo Church of Argao built by Augustinians 1734 and completed 1788 then Restored 1987.
with its Pipe Organ near the coro
and wooden ceiling so fascinating
From Argao we headed to CARCAR- South of Cebu, 2 .5 hours from the city.
The little haven of sugar barons at the Turn of the Century Philippines- serene town of Carcar.
2 centuries later… is the “Chicharon (Dried Crispy Pork Skin:-))) Capital of Cebu” 😀 Cholesterol!!!!
Before sundown we left Carcar with memories of these smiling children candle vendors around the church .
Next leg of 3 weeks on the Road- MARINDUQUE.