Cebu, Philippines

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Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Cebu for 1hr:10mins. Fares sometimes drop from P1 + tax and fees to P4000+. Manila Domestic Airport charges P200 terminal fee.
At Cebu Airport, there are a lot of cabs and "jeepneys" to take to get into the town. Airport jeepneys are frequent and stops at MEPZ 1 (Mactan Economic Processing Zone 1) aka the Marina Mall, P7/p. From MEPZ 1, jeepneys to different routes flood the area. This is where we started our trip around the city. We first went to the Mactan Shrine (Lapu Lapu Monument), then we checked in at Cebu Century Hotel in downtown Cebu. This downtown area of the city is loud and messy. I recommend going uptown instead for a cleaner, quieter, and maybe a safer stay. The guesthouse we stayed at in the uptown area was called Capitol Tourist Inn.
The next day, we walked around the area to visit Fort San Pedro, Magellan's Cross, and Basilica Minore Del Sto Nino. These sites are all walking distance from each other and close to a bunch of restaurants and guesthouses.

Mactan Shrine was our first stop when we arrived in Cebu. We took the jeep from Marina Mall, P7/p for 10mins. Entrance fee there is by donation. There was not much to see there. This trip would only be interesting if boating around the mangrove was involved.
The 485-year old Magellan's Cross stands just outside of the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino. It was planted by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Rumor has it that this may not be the real cross. See it, feel it, lick it. You decide.
The Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino is a popular place for church goers, devotees, vendors, and tourists. The Church is the oldest in Cebu and perhaps the oldest in the Philippines.
Magellan's Cross and the Basilica are located just across from Cebu City Hall.
Fort San Pedro is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines, built in the late 1500s, and completed by the spaniards sometime in the early 1700s.

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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S

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