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Switch Up Your Sinulog Destinations with These Unusual Locales

Cebu is a hectic place when Sinulog Season rolls around, when people gather at the heart of the city to celebrate this religious festival. Take yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting these unusual locales recommended by Cebuanos:

Sofia Olavides, 20
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The Clove On The Quay. If you enjoy the view of the sea and the city lights, this place is for you. They serve amazing food that you could devour while enjoying the sunset view of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the parked yachts. As a shutterbug, I love the place for its ambiance and scenic view. I’d recommend that you visit around 4:00-5:00 PM to catch the golden hour that would be perfect for your OOTDs and Instagram uploads. If you’re the drink and chill type, you should definitely check this place out.

Cebu Yacht Club, Mactan, Cebu

Maurice Jitty Villaester, 21
College Instructor

Mantayupan Falls. Why go to crowded places when you can just unwind and be comfy with nature? Known to be the highest falls in Cebu, it will surely satisfy one’s cravings for cold water.

Barili, Cebu

Ciairha Monsanto, 21
Student Nurse, Miss Mandaue 2017 Top 6 Finalist

Balamban. Why choose to be surrounded with numerous people in the busy streets when you can be surrounded by trees and enjoy serenity? If you’re tired of walking the crowded streets of Cebu City every Sinulog, a literal breath of fresh air would be great from the mountains of Balamban. Visit Tops for a quick scenic view of the city or go to West 35 for a refreshing overnight stay. Go alone or go with your family or friends! It’s the perfect time to go up to the mountains while everyone else is rushing down to the city.


Alphonzo Alegrado, 20

Dao Falls, Samboan. I’d have to recommend Dao Falls in Samboan. It’s a little over two hours outside of the city, towards the southwest tip of the island. You first trek through the hillside, snaking between palm trees, until you reach a forested area. From there, it’s a fun trek that involves a bamboo bridge, clinging to a small pathway by the creek, and wading through cold turquoise water until you finally reach the falls.


Elisha Tabaque, 21

As known to us, the annual Sinulog celebration is a feast of our love and devotion to the holy child Jesus, Sto. Niño. Given that there is a holy mass and procession held, Sinulog festival dance competition organized and multiple parties arranged, I suggest locals and tourists, after having done and witnessed the aforementioned to have a quick visit to Cebu museums. It’s definitely unusual to do so since we have this idea of merrymaking during the festivity but Museo sa Sugbo, Halad Museum, Casa Gorordo Museum, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and the Jesuit House will make your short stay worthwhile and fun too as they offer you a visit of the past; a visit to Cebu and Philippine history, culture and heritage. In terms of proximity, the museums are just located downtown and is in fact, just a ride away if you’re already at the city proper. The museums are definitely Sinulog destinations as well because it will let you see how Cebu became progressive through time that today, it was able to mold the Sinulog festival to what it is now – divine, grand and memorable. Not only is Sinulog festival a time for celebrating our devotion to the beloved child but also the perfect moment to explore and appreciate the rich story of the queen city’s “long time ago.” Surely, you’d be struck by a wave of nostalgia.


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Cebuano Pride: The National Museum of Cebu

Pride of Cebu

By Eva Gullas 
photos courtesy of DOT
“With the National Museum of Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in the country, we open the doors to a temple in history and culture, inviting tourists and locals to witness our archaeological and natural treasures. The NMP-Cebu is not just a museum but a bridge to our past and a window into our future,” declares Christina Frasco, our Secretary of Tourism, at the ceremonial opening last July 28.
Located at the heart of the city’s historic port area, the former colonial Customs House, built in 1910, was transformed into an elegant edifice worthy of the city’s place in history. It was in Cebu where the Spanish conquistadors first landed in 1521 and where Magellan met his end at the hands of the local chieftain Lapu-Lapu. Starting August 1, the National Museum of Cebu will open its doors daily from 9 am to 5 pm except Monday.

Cebu City Tourism’s Neil Odjigue, Cembeth Hortillano and CCTC Chairperson Joy Pesquera

Worth checking is the first floor, where a few art pieces from national artists like Cebu’s own Martino Abellana, Fernando Amorsolo, and Jose Joya take pride of place. On the right wing are finds from archeological digs found all over the islands. Called Ang Karaang Sugbo or Old Cebu, they include a gold death mask and ancient vases from China. There’s also Kinaiyahan: Cebu’s Natural Wonders, which features an impressive wall containing the different layers underneath our soil. There is also a display case that interactively showcases the various elements around the area, like gold, copper, and gypsum. Another wing is Paglawig: Cultural Movember Across the Seas, showcasing the islands’ maritime history and sea bounty, including rare shells.

Museum Director Jeremy Barns, Maryanne Arculli, Andronik Aboitiz and wife Doreen, Amanda Luym

Some of the abstract art from the New York collection

It is on the second floor, though, where the museum shines. Up the grand staircase, guests are greeted by Elmer Borlongan’s massive Battle of Mactan, facing a facsimile of the Sta Maria galleon, Magellan’s flagship. Then on to a limited-time exhibit on loan from the Philippine Center New York Core Collection of 1974, a treasure trove of almost 90 paintings collected by former First Lady Imelda Marcos, including Ang Kioks, Sanso, Manuel Rodrigues, and many more representing both avant-garde and classic Filipino masters. The New York collection is only available until March 2024 and is not to be missed.

Writer Eva Gullas beside Elmer Borlongan’s Battle of Mactan

The National Museum Cebu has been years in the making, and this cultural milestone has finally been made possible under the new administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who famously said during the inauguration, “I am a museum fan, and I can stay in art museums for hours and hours.” He added, ” museums are considered valuable natural assets to a nation as they build a sense of community, document history, inspire creativity, promote tourism, and unite people through a shared heritage.” Kudos to the National Museum Board of Trustees, chaired by Andoni Aboitiz and Museum Director Jeremy Barnes, for this cultural gift to Cebu!
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The Uncommon Traditions that Mexicans and Filipinos share when celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos

By Allain Dumon Fonte

The 2nd of November is All Soul’s Day, a holiday that is very important to many Filipinos to remember our loved ones who passed on. This is also widely celebrated in Mexico as “Dia De los Muertos” or in English, “The Day of the Dead”. And Mexicans celebrate the 2nd of November grander than they celebrate Christmas. Well, you can witness it from the Disney movie, “Coco”.

As All Soul’s Day or Dia de los Muertos is about to end, here are some interesting traditions and superstitions that Filipinos and Mexicans share:


Dia de los Muertos or All Soul’s Day is not practiced on October 31st or on the Hallow’s Eve as many other western cultures practice; but we celebrate it on the 2nd of November. We celebrate November 1st as All Saint’s Day or the Day of the Holy, while in Mexico they call it Dia de los Innocentes or Dia de los Angelitos to commemorate the children who died too early in life.


Both in Mexico and in the Philippines, we visit the grave of our loved ones and we clean it well. This is a ritual to honour their resting places and to let them know that they are never forgotten.


In Mexico, they believe that the scent of flowers attract spirits. So the flower offerings are invitation to their dead loved ones to visit the living families. While in the Philippines, we believe that flowers offered to the dead exalt the souls and somehow fill in the sadness that we feel when missing our dead loved ones.

Most of the time, Filipinos choose all-white flowers to offer because white is the absence of colour, which means the absence of Joy and happiness. White also symbolises purity of soul which we hope our dead loved ones will attain as they journey to heaven. While in Mexico, they have the yellow Mexican marigolds as the official flowers of the dead that will guide them in their journey to the afterlife.


Both cultures believe that monarch butterflies are dead loved ones who visit us and show their appreciation that we have not forgotten them. A presence of monarch butterflies also means that our dead loved ones are always there guiding us and looking after us.


Spending a night at the graveyard and picnicking with the rest of the family may sound very creepy to many; but to both Filipino and Mexican cultures, picnicking and spending a night at the cemetery is a must to show our love to our dearly departed. It is the only time in the year that families gather and tell stories of the dead loved ones and how colourful or how great their lives were.


In Mexico, they have what they call “ofrendas” or an altar where the pictures of their dead loved ones are displayed and offered with flowers, candles, and their favourite food. Very similar to the Filipino culture of cooking the favourite food of our dead loved ones and everyone in the family enjoys the food for dinner.

My family tradition involves me driving all the way to Colon street and buy that famous Snow Sheen’s “pancit canton”. This is my granddad’s favourite snack. Sadly, the old Visayan Restaurant is no longer there. My late uncle and my late grandpa love their sweet ad and sour fish. We also set up an “ofrenda” on their graveyard and eat their favourite food while picnicking in the cemetery. We do not spend a night in the cemetery; but while we are picnicking there, we usually play the songs of Pilita Corrales and Susan Fuentes that my late grandpa used to listen every afternoon while enjoying his coffee, pan de sal, and pancit canton.

What about your family traditions? Share your thoughts by commenting to this article.

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Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+


Rating: *****/ *****

The multi award–winning comedy series airing on Apple TV+ is one of my favorite shows.  Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis is about a fun good-natured American football coached hired by a British soccer club (AFC Richmond in London) to become their new coach.  In spite of the fact that Ted has no experience or knowledge about British football/soccer, his positive demeanor and charm helps him overcome the animosity of the team’s players, staff and fans.  Eventually Ted wins over the team and the locals as they fight for position in the English Premier League.

The show won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and 7 Emmy Awards in its 2 seasons and Season 3 is just around the corner.  You can catch Seasons 1 & 2 of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

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