Friday, March 11, 2016

Things to do while in Cebu (Plus the new SM Seaside City Cebu!)


Just like Boracay, Cebu is one of the places that I can go to again and again. 

Aside from the chill and casual vibe, there's just so much to see and do whenever I'm in the Queen City of the South. 

Heritage sites like the Casa Gorordo, which houses original Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo copies:

The Magellan's Cross, located at the city center of Cebu, which is the first Christian cross planted in the Philippines' soil by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers:

Old and beautiful churches such as the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, which looks super festive during Sinulog season:

Speaking of Sinulog, it's also one of the most fun and wild festivals I've been to a few years back! 


Pit Senyor! Make sure to experience this with your friends at least once in your lifetime! 
Book a flight in advance, for a Cebu trip mid January.

Visit Lapu-Lapu within the Mactan Shrine, 
which is a historical place where Lapu Lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish Invaders, 
killing their leader Ferdinand Magellan.

Relax, take photos, and stroll around the beautiful Philippine Taoist Temple:

The perfect pasalubong to families in Manila? 

Cebu is home to guitars, ukulele, fresh fruits, dried mangoes, and lechon!

  


Enjoy the nearby beaches that you can visit anytime of the day!

Seeking for adventures? Try Crown Regency's Edge Coaster! 
Their Sky Experience Adventure also offers Skywalk Extreme, Tower Zip, etc.


I also enjoyed my food trips in Cebu:

BEST breakfast buffet spread at the Marco Polo Plaza:

Lunch at Casa Verde, must-try are their ribs and steaks, and this HUGE milkshake! 

Cakes and coffee at the Dessert Factory, they have the BEST red velvet and other pastries at affordable price.


Romantic dinner and view at the rustic and secluded restaurant Circa 1900. Food is great too!

Post-dinner coffee, pastries, or wine in La Vie Parisienne. Place looks great whether it's day or night time (cherry blossom effects).



Craft beer + good music at the Monastery:




Also, the new SM Seaside City Cebu within the South Road Properties (SRP) is finally open!

The place looks state-of-the-art, very "artsy" 470,486-square-meter property which makes it the biggest mall in Cebu! 

It has a Large Screen Format Cinema, 4 digital cinemas, a Centerstage, and two Director's Club Cinemas:

An Olympic size skating rink for ice hockey, figure skating, or, basically, just to cool down and enjoy something different with your friends:


SM Seaside City Cebu also offers lots of dining options, from local to international restaurants. Best to enjoy your lechon Cebu here!

Sky Park is a huge garden where you can take your kids to play, relax with a greener view and fresh sea breeze. Hungry? There are also restaurants as well in the area.


Get your competitive mode on and hold a bowling match with your barkada or family! 
They also have KTV rooms, billiards, bars, and other entertainment facilities.

Malling on Sundays is okay. SM Seaside Complex has the Chapel of Pedro Calungsod, the first structure built in the complex:

Achieve lovely OOTDs in their open parks, and artsy areas such as these colored spiral staircases! 


As with all SM malls, the SM Seaside City Cebu has got it all for you! Aside from international shopping destinations such as Uniqlo and H&M, they also have a two storey SM Store, an SM Supermarket, SM Appliance Center, Watsons, Kultura Filipina, etcetera.

I'd also love to see the architectural "The Cube", a sculptural piece of SM Seaside City Cebu that represents its high level of quality service.

If you're going to SM Seaside City Cebu soon, check out their SHOP N' FLY TO HONG KONG DISNEYLAND promo, where 30 families of four get a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong Disneyland!


Here are ways that you can get a raffle coupon:

1) With a minimum of Php 1000 single-receipt purchase from Feb 12-March 13 from any SM Seaside City Cebu tenant, you get 1 raffle coupon.
2) A minimum of Php 500 single-receipt on Disney merchandise from selected SM Affiliates (SM Store, Toy Kingdom, and SM Supermarket) entitles a shopper to one (1) raffle coupon.
3) Customers may get two raffle coupons if they avail of the e-Plus card or use their existing e-Plus card.

Please note:
- Customers should present their credit card transaction slip for purchases made using credit cards.
- Customer must present proof of purchase at the designated promo booth


There's still so much to see, taste, and do while in Cebu, including a visit of their newest tourist destination: the SM Seaside City Cebu. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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