Thursday, June 26, 2008

metropolitan cebu

a metropolitan lifestyle, a busy industry with great historical landmarks defines this Metro Cebu. Cebu is simply beautiful. according to wikitravel "over 50% of all people visiting the Philippines as tourist list Cebu as their main destination". on the previous post you might have seen some of its historical landmarks but Cebu is also known for many other things.it is known for its annual colorful festival called the Sinulog. one of the Philippine's most colorful festival dedicated to the Holy child. this is celebrated every third Sunday of January.it is also known for the two bridges that connects the island of Cebu to the island of Mactan. Cebu's international airport is in the island of Mactan which has regular flights to and from Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and Doha.it is home to some of the most beautiful hotels in the country like Waterfront Hotel Lahug, Marco Polo Cebu, Marriot Hotel Cebu, Crown Regency Hotel with high class resorts in the island of Mactan namely Shangrila Mactan, Plantation Bay, Cebu Hilton Resort and Spa, Crown Regency Suites Mactan, Maribago White Sands and Waterfront Mactan.the Mactan Export Processing Zone in Mactan is one of the busiest industrial zone in the country. with companies like Timex, Tamiya, NEC technologies, Mitsumi, Bigfoot International, Lexmark Philippines and other large IT hubs.other landmarks that you can visit are Taoist Temple, Cebu Topps, Heritage monument, Magellan's shrine in Mactan. you can also visit popular shopping malls like the Ayala Center Mall, SM Cebu City, Robinsons Mall and Gaisano Country Mall.Cebu being the oldest city in the Philippines, you will also find the oldest street and the oldest school in the country here. the oldest street is Colon street and the oldest school is the University of San Carlos.in the old port area stands the Malacanang of Cebu. this is the old port office building which is now the president's office every time she visits this city.upon leaving Cebu, you might want to bring some of its most popular products like the Cebu made guitar, Danggit (dried flat fish), Cebu lechon, dried Mango, Mangorind and Otap.
today, more investments comes in as the South Road Properties (SRP) was opened along with IT Asia Town. Cebu city hosted last year's 12th ASEAN summit held at the new Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue. all i hope is that Metro Cebu will not be as congested as Metro Manila.

36 comments:

Heart of Rachel said...

I've never been to Cebu but through your photos, I'm impressed by its beautiful sceneries and modern structures.

quinttarantino said...

Fantastic and modern structures with some great architecture.

But, if you don't mind, I will keep sighing for those lovely beaches!

redlan said...

wow ganda ng structure ng mga building. this is new to me. i mean, the photo building in here.

ayan na naman, ni-mention naman ang danggit. lol. sarap ng otap nila.

Belen said...

Hindi ko akalain na ganyan kaganda ang Cebu. Looks not an ordinary city.

Steven (Cavite Daily Photo) said...

Grabe! Much much better than Metro manila in photos! Great Job! Sana makarating din me jan sometime jejeje

Steven^^

> Vanny said...

wow! ganda naman ng mga bldg jan! naku.. d2 sa makati, bawal picturan ang mga bdlg. hmp! patago lang dapat. hehe

the donG said...

>hi rachel, it's already a metropolitan city. it's really nice when you're there.

>quinttarantino, hahaha... these structures can never be compared to the beaches here. i also love the beach!

>redlan, the buildings here were taken at the Cebu Business Park, Asia Town IT Park and along Osmena. hahaha... favorite mo nga yata talaga ang danggit at syempre ang otap.

>hi nanay belen, yes. ganyan nga kaganda. sayang nga kasi may mas maganda pang mga structures na hindi ko nakuhanan. kailangan mo daw talaga tingnan yon in person. hehehe...

>steven, better than Manila kasi konti pa lang ang mga structures. siguradong makakapunta ka rin dito.

>hi vanny, hehehe... oo nga bawal nga dyan sa makati pero nagawa ko na rin yon. mabilis lang dapat. dito hindi pa strikto.

nyl said...

great architectural designs. ang talino talaga ng tao di mo matatawaran. its something that no one can ever take away from you.

nice!

Luke said...

these are some amazing buildings! very nice!

Photo Cache said...

i have never been there either. but from the looks of it, it is a happening place and my understanding is, it's not too far from the beaches as well.

Ely said...

sana matuloy kami dyan sa Cebu July or August... thanks for sharing the photos!

bw said...

"over 50% of all people visiting the Philippines as tourist list Cebu as their main destination"

That's amazing ! I can sense that minus the smog and pollution plus the island flavor, Cebu is very attractive. And, it has lots of modern amenities too :)

Having said the above, now is the time fo rme to visit Cebu hehe :)

SandyCarlson said...

That glass building in the second photo is just gorgeous. What a beautiful city.

equilibrium2008 said...

Hey we have stayed at Waterfront Lahug so basically we just to cross the street going to Technology park. Nothing to see here though more on buildings lang.

You should have tried to eat sa Asian Fusion and sa Chikahan. Sarap ng mga foods nila dun. I forgot lang yung isa pa na pinuntahan namin eh, just across the street lang ng JY Building.

Tita Belen - hay naku sinabi mo pa. Super ganda po ng Cebu kaya I am happy kasi may mga relatives pa po kame dito. :)

napaboaniya said...

I guess Cebu would be on the top of my must visit places in the Philippines if I ever travel there :)
Have a blessed weekend Dong!

Dakilang Islander said...

hala, we all have same photos that i took during my vacation...kinunan ko kasi halos lahat ng magagandang buildings dyan para ipakita sa kasamahn kong ibang lahi na ignorante..na ang akala puro slums ang Pilipinas..

beero said...

talagang nag-tour ka pala dito ah. hehe.

i decided to work here because of proximity. malapit lang kasi sa tacloban. kaya eto, andito pa rin until now. i learned to love cebu. ok na rin kasi di nga sya masyadong congested.

the donG said...

>hi nyl, thanks. keep in touch.

>luke, thanks for always dropping by.

>photocache, yes. the beaches in mactan are less than an hour away from the city. the very beautiful islands are just few hours away from the city. i really hope you can visit this city.

>ely, ayos! sana nga. para ikaw naman ang magpost tungkol sa cebu. kwentuhan mo kami.

>bw, yes. i can guarantee you that. and i hope you'll include on your visit at least one of these islands in cebu: bantayan, malapascua or camotes islands. it'll complete your cebu visit.

>hi sandy, i also like that building.

>hi equi, that's a nice hotel. been there many times but not this trip.

i ate once at chikahan, really really good food there. next time ill try Asian Fusion. haven't tried the one across JY building.

>napaboaniya, make sure you'll go to the beach in the islands of cebu.

>dakilang islander, hehehe.... astig! ganun na nga ang tingin ng iba sa pilipinas. sana pinost mo rin yung mga pictures.

>beero, galing naman! at least halos lahat ng kailangan mo meron naman na dyan. pero astig talaga ang mga beaches dyan.

nag ikot saglit para sa mga pictures. hehehe....

alicesg said...

Very beautiful city. These photos are lovely. The buildings are so modern and beautifully built.

Aracir said...

i must admit, cebu has a lot of really good buildings. parang art. walang ganyan sa davao hehehehe

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

I love the 7th photo down! Great angle!!

the donG said...

>hi alicesg, beautiful indeed. most of the buildings here was taken at the Cebu Business Park.

>hi aracir, i agree with that. there's also enough space for more buildings. there's a lot of construction on going on this area. davao will definitely have its own soon.

>hi karen, that's the tallest building in cebu right now. crown regency tower along osmena street.

kegler747 said...

Every time I go to the industrial park and IT park in Cebu it reminds me of the Madrigal Business Park in Alabang where I work for several years

rayts said...

i love how you framed the building in the fifth shot. ayos sa mga angles, Dong.

the donG said...

>kegler, hahaha... i agree. a business park that's not yet filled with buildings.

>hi rayts, thanks! im glad you like it.

Lawstude said...

A great tour of the city dong. Some of the places napuntahan ko yung iba hindi pa. Hope to be back to Cebu soon.

acey said...

i am loving your cebu series, kuya dong! :) thank you for featuring our province in your blog!

Carver said...

Very interesting post and great architecture photographs. I like the 3rd building a great deal with it's different geometric shapes.

the donG said...

>lawstude, oo nga. dami mo na talagang napuntahan. ayos talaga ang mga lakad mo.

>acey, no problem. my pleasure to feature one of my favorite provinces in the philippines.

>carver, the design is somewhat unique but there are other nice buildings in cebu that i was not able to visit due to limited time. maybe ill feature them by the time i visit cebu again.

R Panaderos said...

I love the design of those modern buildings! Very aesthetically pleasing. Very nice and modern architectural gems from Cebu! :)

Islander said...

cebu's skyscrapers... wonderful at that!

Nash said...

Dong!

sama mo nga ako sa mga escapades mo ahaha :p

the donG said...

>r panaderos, yes. i agree with that but you will be more impressed when you see cebu's hotels and buildings on top of the hills. sadly i was not able to feature them here because i was outside the city most of the time.

>islander, nice designs for a beautiful city.

>nash, sige. update kita sa mga lakad.

dyosa said...

hay, lalo ko tuloy namiss ang Cebu. i used to frequent the place and it even became my 2nd home. Cebu is wonderful and your photos too.

the donG said...

>hi dyosa, that's great! i also consider it as my second home. salamat sa pagbisita!

cagayan de oro hotels said...

One of the best times to visit Cebu is during their Sinolog Fiestival, a lot of tourist, foreign and local, is drawn to its festivities. You might want to book you hotel at least a month before the celebration starts in order to select more hotels at your own preference and budget.

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