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Cebu Cathedral Museum

Cebu Cathedral has unveiled their Museums finest collection, entitled “Cuna del Cristianismo: The Ecclesiastical Treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu”, the displays would be permanent, and it features pieces from pre Vatican II chasubles, life size paintings of Cebu’s bishops [including that of Dn. Pedro de Agusto, an Augustinian from Mexico, the islands first Bishop], […]

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Carmelites of Cebu

Carmelite Monastery The beauty of Cebu city is that it’s metropolitan, well developed, but hidden behind its progress are sacred grounds that continues to provide spiritual sanctuary for centuries to its inhabitants. One of my favorite places to visit is the Carmelite convent and chapel, founded in the mid 1900’s by the Carmelites here in […]

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Mabolo

Mabolo church,a beautiful white painted iglesia which has been under renovation since I got here in Mabolo. It’s  classical, neo-gothic architecture reminds me of the Catholic churches  in Singapore. This one have a beautiful bell tower, made in Manila, but it was as fortunate as the other old churches here in Cebu. This was has been damaged […]

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Punta Engaño

Commuting from my place to Mactan takes about 45 minutes, that is without regular day traffic, which would surprise Manilenos because traffic here is incomparable to what we have in metro Manila, difference between night and day my friends. The destination is Punta Engaño, or simply Engaño, for the locals here. From the hi-way you […]

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Walking around Fuerza de Sn. Pedro

Fort  San Pedro is a miniature version of Intramuros. Well, it was never built to protect a settlement but to provide safe haven for the men who dared invade the often hostile native inhabitants. I can imagine the Kastilas running for cover here! The triangular shaped fortification is quite odd especially for a first time […]

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Pride of Mandaue

Prehispanic native tradition had an unwritten law, name places after shrubberies. Mandaue was named after a plant  called Mantawi, said to have grown and crawled to great abundance in the area. The Kastila who came, saw and conquered warped the indigenous name to fit their tongue. Mandaue historically has a reputation for having the finest […]

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Matud Nila

When I was looking for a place to stay [I’m really on a super tight budget] I was looking for some inexpensive spaces,  I found many places that were old and neglected, many offer rooms that were  like dirty bomb shelters. I was hopping from one barrio to the other, unfamiliar with  urban Cebu, I […]

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Reporting from Cebu

I took a night flight to Cebu last Thursday; I was in Mactan in less than an hour. Air travel has made what was once a lengthy trip into a very short trip. [ a commute to EDSA from my place in Muntinlupa takes longer!] It was a smooth flight; I was a bit uneasy […]

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